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Underage Drinking Party Leads To Multiple Arrests, Charges

The following information was provided by the Cranford Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

The following report is a press release from the Cranford Police Department.

Following a police response to a fight in progress call on Sept. 2, 28 people were charged with alcohol related violations, according to the .

Police became aware of the incident on Sept. 2, at 11:26 p.m. when calls were
received reporting a fight in progress on the 400-block of Denman Road. Arriving patrol units observed numerous individuals, including known juveniles, fleeing the area into the backyard of a residence on Denman Road. When police officers followed, they discovered alcoholic beverage containers scattered about the yard and other evidence of alcoholic beverage consumption in and around the residence, according to a press release from the police department.

Cranford officers conducted an investigation at the scene, detained 26 people under the age of 21, and located the homeowners in the residence. After it was determined that no one on scene required medical attention, officers were able to process the scene and issue charges.

The homeowners, Richard and Karen Barry, were both arrested and charged with offering alcoholic beverage to underage persons, which is a disorderly persons offense.

Additional adults processed and released at the scene include: Mary Acton, Thomas Demaio, Manuel Garcia, Jeremy Mazzola, Amanda Tarantino, Nicole Tarantino, Zachary Williams and Andrew Wohl, all 18 years of age from Cranford. Each was issued a court summons charging a violation of Township Ordinance 58-16: Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcohol.

In addition to the arrests, 18 Cranford juveniles, ranging in age from 16-17 years old, were also charged with violating Township Ordinance 58-16: Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcohol. Parents were contacted and the juveniles were released to parents at the scene. One juvenile was also
charged with resisting arrest.

All parties charged were released with Municipal or Family Court proceedings pending.

Do you believe underage drinking is become a problem in Cranford? Respond to our poll question or leave a comment below.

Codyblue September 06, 2012 at 08:50 PM
What type of foolish adults allow young people to drink alcohol in their home or anywhere......how moronic can anyone be.
Michael Christopher September 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Another great example of good parenting in our society! It's not the first time it's happened in Cranford. Kudos to our police department. To bad we can't revoke their parent license.
hunnybunnybooboola September 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Strongly agree with previous 2 posts!
mo September 07, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I live next door to this family and this is crappy reporting. They were dealing with the sneaky, obnoxious Cranford kids that I know well, from having worked in the school district for 10 years. These parents were not aware there was alcohol. They are hard working, caring people and nothing will be reported when they are vindicated.
DJ September 07, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Really mo, you can't be serious? Give me a freakin break, if the parents didn't know what was going on with 26 or more teenagers in their house and yard then they must be morons. Did it ever occur to them to check once in awhile. They deserve much more than a disorderly person summons. Glad to see the Cranford police and township are taking action on under age drinking parties. I would have hoped that the tragic death about 15 years ago of a young Cranford teenage girl who attended one of these parties would have put an end to these parties or at least make parents more vigilant. They should be thanking the police for intervening before they found themselves responsible for another needless loss of a young life.
Michael Christopher September 07, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Mo, Seriously! Did the parents think all these kids were drinking milk and eating cookies? This is bad parenting at its finest. You can still be a hardworking adult and a lousy parent. I see it everyday. Don't hold your breath with them being vindicated. I'm sure some of the other parents whose children were charged aren't happy either. I'm sure they didn't leave the house saying, "I'll be at the Barry's drinking if you need me."
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Mo, just to clarify, the article was not staff written. It is a press release from the Cranford Police Department.
Tom September 07, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Mind ur business leave them all alone you hypocrites... you all partied too when you graduated and most of you consumed far worse candy than these kids especially if you graduated in the late 70s and the eighties...
secret man September 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
These kids are just going to laugh about it and do it again.
Mr monde September 08, 2012 at 10:02 PM
all these kids think you old farts are jokes PARTY ON WANE!
Pamela G. Dwyer September 11, 2012 at 01:51 AM
First of all underage drinking in Cranford has been going on since my granparents were teenagers in the 30's. Second of all, we should be worrying about opiate and heroin use in Cranford. Does anyone know about the two overdose three weeks ago????? Get a grip....
af September 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Give me a break....this could happen to almost everyone with a teenage kid. You open up your house to your children's friends to give them a place to go other than the streets and they sneak the beers in. Open your eyes parents of all the "angels". They are going to make an example out of these poor people. I say bring the drinking age back to 18!
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I agree with you. Such careless release of information without substantiation is not responsible reporting. Police reports are subject to unfair interpretation by people who have nothing better to do than judge. Cranford is filled with such types. Descriptions of the parents with words like "moronic" and "revoking parents' licenses" is hate speech, free yes, but again hateful and reflective of the people who use it not the people described. I am surprised that the Patch lowers itself to simply report police releases without a balanced account from parents. Shame shame. I am sorry that you're leaving Toniann, because you could stand to make this a more balanced site.
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Wow, another understanding resident, likely angry that Romney didn't get in I bet. While you're at it, why don't you blame all of the parents of all of the kids involved at the party. Were they morons too for not knowing exactly what their children were doing at that exact moment. I hope as a parent that your child was stapled to your sweater at all times. Did you ever not know what your child was doing for one hour? If you answer "no," your child is likely still living at home spewing all the hate you are.
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Thank you
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Nice to read. One thing is to agree that under-age drinking is a problem. It is. Another thing is to spew hate and to judge others with so much self-righteousness. Do you do this at your houses of worship too? You'd be surprised how human your priests and ministers and school teachers and police officers are too. Thank god you're not aware of all of their mistakes. Why not focus on your own and peace out rather than to point fingers. This was an unfortunate incident for all involved. This patch article did nothing but stoke judgment. My heart goes out to the Barrys and how they must be feeling right now. I hope they don't see this article.
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