The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 8, 2013

Police ID party-goers; 27 charged

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — State police have released the names of underage party-goers allegedly caught drinking at a post-prom party attended by several Danville High School students.

Of the 27 teenagers charged in the early Sunday morning party at 118 Elysburg Road in Rush Township, Northumberland County, only the names of those 18 and older have been released. All but one of the adults charged has been confirmed as being a Danville High School student.

Danville High students charged by state police at Stonington are Jared A. Daku, 19, of 70 Bennett Road; Matthew P. McConnell, 19, of 10 Red Oak Drive; Donie Ann Keeley, 18, of 22 Landau Road; Lauren N. Roth, 18, of 4 Erin Drive; Michael J. Vitale, 18, of 43 Alton St.; Ian J. Metzer, 18, of 142 E. Diehl Road; Cale D. Rice, 18, of 341 Jerseytown Road; Alyssa A. Shaw, 18, of 440 Elysburg Road; James T. Mullen, 18, of 200 Cooper St.; Jessica T. Paugh, 18, of 107 Valley View Road; Maxwell D. Wright, 18, of 39 Alton St.; Thomas B. Berg, 18, of 28 Valley Green Drive; Kiersten T. Zerbe, 19, of Fairfield Lane; Robert J. Seebold, 18, of 5 Breezy Court; Evan A. Willard, 18, of 390 Columbia Hill Road; and Hanna C. Harris, 18, of 118 Elysburg Road.

Also charged was Michael J. McCormick, 18, of 2105 Sunny Lane, who has not been confirmed as being a Danville student.

Others charged were a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and six 17-year-old boys.

Police were called to the property, owned by Joe and Maria Harris, at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Danville’s junior-senior prom was Saturday, and the district does not sponsor a post-prom event. One girl was reportedly hospitalized due to an alcohol overdose with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.30 percent.

School district punishment for underage drinking charges can result in the students being barred from sports and other extracurricular activities.

“Our policy allows us to dispense students from extracurricular activities and sports. We are not here to punish kids, but we need students to understand that bad choices incur consequences. As a school, we want to ensure we promote good choices,” Danville Superintendent Cheryl Latorre said. The extracurricular suspension is the only action the district is permitted to take because the charges do not stem from activities on school property, she said.

The district has not decided how long extracurricular suspensions will last.

“Our goal in this is to help students learn from mistakes and use this to make better choices,” Latorre said.

The district was not given the names of the juveniles charged and is not certain if they will learn them from police, she said.