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Police Break-Up Alleged Underage Drinking Party

Police said 10 youths were caught with alcohol at a loud party on Tamarack Road early Friday.

Ten teenagers were issued infractions for possession of alcohol by a minor on private property after police responded to a report of a loud party at 15 Tamarack Road at 1:20 a.m., Friday, officials said.

Police said officers could hear "loud amplified sounds" from the residence, prompting them to investigate further and find the youths with the alcohol.

Infractions were issued to two 17-year-old youths who were not identified because of their age, a 19-year-old man, Cody Kellogg, of 18 Beaver Dam Road and seven 18-year-old youths: Barry Smith, of 13 Knollwood Drive; Dominick Tramontozzi, who lived at the residence; Hannah Basch-Gould, of 27 Gelding Hill Road; Ryan Zitnay, 18, of 58 Parmalee Road; Julian Tetreault, of 18 Old Bethel Road; Daniel O'Conner, of 8 Old Farm Road; and Alexandra Kirk, 5 Benjamin Drive.

Brian Leidlein July 16, 2010 at 11:06 PM
This is great. Parents need to wake up to reality here. If you don't provide the venue and set realistic curfews this problem would be reduced significantly.
Miss July 16, 2010 at 11:45 PM
Uhm, excuse you. You obviously don't know any of these people. The cops were not even called, he just happen to drive by and hear some music. Also, it was 10 people which is not a party. So, lets not critize people and situations that we don't know anything about.
Andy Webster July 16, 2010 at 11:50 PM
Must have been loud if the cop heard it through his closed patrol car window...
Annonymous July 16, 2010 at 11:51 PM
This is great? Yeah it's always great when police break into small social gatherings where legal adults are drinking responsibly. I hope for your sake that you don't have kids.
Miss July 16, 2010 at 11:54 PM
.... How do you know it was closed? Were you in the back of the car? He obviously saw some people inside and a couple cars leaving. You know nothing Andy Panda so quit pretending like you do. Pop Off.
Andy Webster July 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
Ha haaaa... Erin! I guess you were there? Ok, 80 degrees, cop in a car... that equals closed windows. LOL. Pop off? WOW you told me! LOL... I guess I will see you tonight hanging outside Dunkin Donuts?
Miss July 17, 2010 at 02:30 AM
No Andy Panda I do not hang out side Dunkin Donuts, I have a bit of class. I dont go around LOLing and trying to be funny while cracking stupid jokes. It was a nice night out, I drove around with the windows down... I dont see why that is so obsurd. And I didnt say anything about the drinking age. Half of the people in the house were actually sleeping, this whole thing is extremely wrong and the real facts will start coming out soon and you will all feel like such jerks. And I bet your daughter drinks too, as a matter of fact I am almost positive.
Annonymous July 17, 2010 at 03:41 AM
I'm pretty sure Erin was not the one to say anything about legal drinking age, in fact no one did so maybe you should "check your facts. Cheers." That was me, and I said 18 is the age of legal adulthood in the United States, what is it where you live? You seem to have missed the point, here and in general, that when you are 18 you are mature enough to make decisions on your own and would be a lot better off without the judgement of random, self-righteous grown men who can't keep their obnoxious, narrow minded opinions to themselves. Cheers. Oh, did I already say that? Sorry it's just such a cool phrase.
Annonymous July 17, 2010 at 04:29 PM
I think the obnoxious part comes in when you "celebrate" someone elses' unfortunate situation. Insulting the parenting of these kids also is also narrow minded, how do you know what could be going on in any given one of these families, and I assure you that your kids slip some things by you as well. If you refuse to believe that that's your issue. Stating anything you believe and then quickly following with "that's a fact" doesn't make it a fact. Clearly you are opinionated and I'm sure you'd love to think that all of your opinions becomes facts as soon as they leave your mouth but they don't.
Tom Bittman July 17, 2010 at 04:44 PM
Brian, I'm with you. I guess the only thing I'd add is I know a few of these kids, and they are not only good kids with great futures, but they have good families and involved parents - who I'm sure are all over this. We don't know all of the facts, but I'm sure that, for a few of these kids, anyway, this will be a learning experience (for the parents, too). I also hope that the police stopped the potential for any of these underage drinkers to get behind the wheel of a car that night - that's where kids can make permanent mistakes.
Beth Agen July 17, 2010 at 05:35 PM
Anonymous: yes, the legal age of adulthood in the U.S. is 18 but that does not provide a substantial reason for the drinking age to be 18. Medical research proves that the human brain does not mature until age 20. Those who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely than those who start after age 21 to develop alcohol problems. Your risk is reduced 10% for every year you wait until age 21. 90% of youth-involved sexual assault happens when alcohol is involved. The law doesn't exist to curb an 18-year old's rights; it exists to keep him/her safe.
Stan Marsh July 17, 2010 at 06:13 PM
o i cant believe ramen got caught. first of all these cops in this town have nothin to do besides pik on us kids becuase there is no "real" crime in this town. ive pulled into the diner for no more than 30 seconds before i've been cornered in by two cop cars one a k9. and at the high school? the lockdowns they have? o ya everyone hide in the corner, turn off the lights while we jiggle the door handles to make sure they are locked. more like everyone hide in the corner while we bring in 4 k9 units from 4 diff towns a state cop and a newtown pd+k9 to search all the cars.
Stan Marsh July 17, 2010 at 06:22 PM
besides what is there to do in this town for the kids? go to the lake, the park, and we aren't made of money we can't go bowling everynight. ya those things were nice the first 15 years i was here but it kinda gets boring when you do the same things all summer every summer. so if you were young and it was 9 or 10 on a summer night would u go to sleep wake up and do it all over again? or spend the night with friends where it feels like a whole different world. newtown's boring and thats a fact and we're just looking for an escape
Stan Marsh July 17, 2010 at 06:36 PM
and no you won't see me at the center
megan July 17, 2010 at 09:36 PM
Brian and Andy- you should probably stop mocking teenagers via the internet because you're only embarrassing yourselves. After all, aren't you the big responsible adults? Go take care of your kids. If they saw this they would be ashamed.
Annonymous July 17, 2010 at 10:53 PM
I happen to know that that particular police officer did let a few kids drive home without a breathalizer, further proving the point that they're far less concerned with safety than they should be. On the drinking age topic, that's an entirely different argument and although all of those facts are substantial and true, the bottom line is that not unlike the argument for abstinence, kids are gonna do it anyway.
Stan Marsh July 18, 2010 at 05:01 AM
how does 80 degrees and a cop in the car equal closed windows? i know my windows were down that night
Miss July 18, 2010 at 03:40 PM
Brian, how do you know the parents arent involved & aware? Do you know any of these parents? I doubt you do, because if you did you would know that these are some of the most involved, caring, smart parents around. They may make mistakes & leave the kids home alone but many people do the same thing. Do you even know the reason the kids are left alone? It could be something along the lines of they had to go to an out of state funeral, or could not afford to take an extra person away for the weekend. So before you critize and sound stupid maybe you should actually know these families. All of these children are going to college, they are all very smart..some even honor and high honor students. They are responsible & have big plans in the future. They all arent some thugs that "hang out in the center." Stan Marsh..I agree with everything you say. The police have nothing better to do then to ruin everyones lives. What are teens suposed to do? There is nothing to do in this town & everything near by costs money. Money, which these teens work hard for, so why would they want to go & blow it on movies every night when they have to buy gas for their cars or pay for insurence? Megan, I agree.If I saw my parent saying all that I would be mortified.They should be ashamed & embarassed. They things these grown men are saying are not only pathetic but rude & full of opinions, not true facts. Yes..so responible of the cop to let people drive home & play eenie meenie miney moe with tickets.
Jayne Long July 20, 2010 at 04:02 PM
This is not our business folks, it is for the parents of these kids to parent their own children and deal with it how they feel is appropriate to their way of living. It seems like a bunch of 18 year olds hanging out having some beers. You can serve your country, get shot and killed, but you can't have a beer with your mates in the privacy of your own home. To all the people who judge these kids - remember your own youth and stop being so critical and sanctimonious and know that no matter what you may say or think, your own kids will (and should) test the boundaries, live a little and enjoy being just that, a kid without the fear of being arrested and labelled a criminal. My kids can travel back to England with me and at 18 years of age legally buy their dad a pint in the local pub...........don't see anything wrong with that. If you demonizse alcohol , you will make it so much harder for your kids to deal with this forbidden fruit when they do eventually leave the nest and go to college. Teach your kids to drink responsibly, especially if they see you drinking - why would you expect them not to want to try it? Isn't it much safer to have your kids experiment in the safety of your own home, where you can show them the effects (good and bad,) of having a beer or glass of wine? Non of us wants our kids falling down drunk or driving drunk, but a few beers with some friends is not a sin or a crime, keep it in perspective and lets all get down off the soap box.
Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 05:27 PM
Thank you Jayne Long, finally a reasonable human to comment on this article.
Jo Ankers July 20, 2010 at 05:40 PM
I totally agree with you Jayne - far too much hypocrisy goes on around this issue, particularly in light of the incessant drinking over the legal limit I know that goes on here in Newtown. Surely it is far more dangerous for us parents to get behind the wheels of a car over the legal limit (and I am totally amazed at how often this occurs here) than it is for a few 17/18 year olds enjoying a few beers at a friends house? I am also from the UK, and whilst there are many many things we get wrong, the social stigma attached to drink driving (and consequent higher consideration for the law), and the more relaxed attitude we have towards teen drinking seem to be a far more sensible/appropriate balance than the reverse situation we have here in Newtown.
Miss July 20, 2010 at 07:58 PM
Jayne Long and Jo Ankers - Thank you for being nice and actually reasonable adults. You showed such class and stated your opinions(which I agree with) without being rude. It is really appreciated.
Tammy Brunetti July 20, 2010 at 07:59 PM
Thank you Jayne Long.
TheScrew Ups August 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM
the fact that crap like this is posted on the internet on a forum inviting public shame upon named individuals, and the fact that all you self-righteous assholes actually come on here and take the time to comment on it is exactly why this town is awful and why I can't stand living here. -Nico Bonvini
dave August 11, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Think someone that was at that house just died. If I were all of you, I'de move out of your little sheltered town. Teach your children to be tolerant, let them know that the police in Newtown are dirty, have personal vendettas, that bully's played a huge roll in the slaughtering of those children, pull up your pants. So the FUCK WHAT kids are drinking. Do you know the things that happen down the road from me in the bay area? Your all some fake white collar ass motherfuckers, and I hope god takes something precious from each and everyone of you

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