Seven at Plainville party face alcohol charges
Police find liquor and marijuana
They may have been dressed like adults, but most of them were not. Now they are facing grown-up charges.
Dozens of underage partygoers were detained Friday after Plainville police broke up a house party held on the theme, “Business Hoes and CEOs.’’
The case was especially alarming because it involved some young people from the same school district as 17-year-old Taylor Meyer of Plainville, who wandered away from a Norfolk house party in 2008 and drowned in a swampy area. Meyer’s death cast a spotlight on the risks associated with underage drinking.
“This problem has been highlighted because of tragic consequences in the southern end of the county that occurred, but generally speaking, the issue is something that faces all young people,’’ Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a phone interview. As prom season approaches, Morrissey said, his office has been asked to speak at several high schools about underage drinking and drug use. “Bad decisions have consequences,’’ he said.
Police responded to a home on Melcher Street after receiving multiple 911 calls. One caller told police that “there was a party, and there was a lot of alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy,’’ according to a police report.
Arriving officers saw young people on the first and second floor of the house, with some people on the back deck. They also smelled marijuana coming from the house.
Officers raided the party and detained 53 people inside before taking them to police stations in Wrentham and Plainville.
Police said they found bottles of beer, hard liquor, and two tables set up for the drinking game “beer pong.’’ In an upstairs bedroom, they found two water pipes and a mason jar full of marijuana.
The group of partygoers consisted of 15- to 22-year-olds from Plainville, North Attleborough, Wrentham, Norfolk, Franklin, Attleboro, Medway, and Hanover, authorities said.
Seven men at the party were charged with providing alcohol to minors: Edward Piotrowski, 21, of Plainville; Dylan Morlock and Daniel Magliocco, both 21 and of North Attleborough; Brian Kenney and Nicholas Johnson, both 21 and of Wrentham; and Mark Middleton, 22, and Daniel Feeney, 21, both of Norfolk.
Police issued an arrest warrant for Piotrowski after he allegedly ran from police while awaiting transport to the police station. The others were charged with being minors in possession of alcohol. They are being arraigned in groups throughout the week.
According to officials, the resident and host of the party was 19-year-old Tyler Rowley. The phone number listed for the address was disconnected.
Before the School Committee was to discuss the party at its regular meeting last night, chairwoman Wendy Wagner Robeson said it was “disappointing that the kids thought this was something they could get away with.’’
“We have to be vigilant and cognizant that this kind of behavior can occur,’’ she said.
Globe correspondent Jenna Duncan contributed to this report. John M. Guilfoil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.