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Crime & Courts

Sixth teen charged with underage drinking at party

GENEVA – The sixth teenager who was charged with underage drinking at an Aug. 21 party was served with a complaint Sunday.

Daniel J. Hart, 18, of the 900 block of Lewis Road, was charged with underage drinking and ordered to appear in branch court Oct. 16. Underage drinking is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

According to reports, Hart was one of several teens at a house on the 2700 block of Patten Avenue when police were called in response to a complaint of a loud party.

When police arrived, they observed several partygoers they suspected were under age 21 inside a house drinking alcoholic beverages including Keystone Beer, according to reports.

Complaints and notices to appear in court were issued to three girls and a boy who were 16, a 17-year-old boy and Hart. The names of the younger teens were not released because of their age.

The parents of the host were not present at the time, so there will be no charges for hosting an underage drinking party, police said.

Hart was not publicly named until he was charged. He came to the station Sunday in response to a police request, police said. According to a supplementary police report, Hart was photographed, fingerprinted, given a copy of the complaint and released.

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