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Friday, October 2, 2009

Judge Sends 21 Kids To Jail For Underage Drinking

Magistrate sends strong message

Underage drinking party leads to jail time

By JIM RUNKLE - jrunkle@lockhaven.com
Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN - In a move designed to send a strong message that underage drinking will not be tolerated, 21 of 32 youths cited at a party over a week ago received two days in prison in hearings this week before a local district magisterial judge.

The sentences were handed down Wednesday by District Magisterial Judge Joseph Sanders III in connection with a Sept. 19 incident, when city police executed a search warrant and investigated a loud party at 220 W. Main St., Apt. 1. More...

29 comments :

D said...

The teachers in Potter, McKean and Tioga Counties schools should read this to their students.

Anonymous said...

If any of these underage drinkers are attending Lock Haven University, their college grants and scholarship money should be cancelled, PERIOD!!

Anonymous said...

Wow,what did you do in college.Play Monopoly all night?Can vote,fight and die,be held accountable for the same things as all adults,but can't drink?

Anonymous said...

Blogger 9:21 PM

You wanna drink underage, or your kids? Run for Prez THEN you can get your wish.

Anonymous said...

Why can't we get a Judge like this in Potter county?

Anonymous said...

too many "friends" in high places and "don't want to tarnish goodie-two-shoe family names"

Anonymous said...

You just know that the cop that arrested them and the corrections officers in the jail they will be spending their time all drank before they were 21.

I am not sure I have met more than 1 or 2 people in my life that didn't drink before 21.

@ October 2, 2009 9:32:00 PM EDT

Actually, most presidents drank (and worse) before the age of 21 and probably so have most of you.

Anonymous said...

WHAT??? Your saying that because we did it, it makes it all ok and shouldn't be punished? Think long and hard about that (and all the other things we got away with) before you wish for that. Might as well get rid of all the laws and enforcement. I'm sure some of those covicted of child molesting did it when they were younger too, and feel the same way as you do about this. Where do you draw the line?

Anonymous said...

It is real simple folks.
Instead of cleaning up misuse of tax money by our elected officials,they just cut the funding streams to basic services until we cried uncle!
This is no more than a way to fund services by raising revenues through fines.
Anyone that thinks this is being done to help these young adults has slipped a cog!
It's about the money,and our newest adults are an easy target,all grouped up,and ripe for the picking!Wake up America!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just because people drink before the legal drinking age, doesn't mean that it's right. I think it should be 18 since that is when you "officially" become a legal adult, but the law states 21, and we as citizens should have to abide by that or pay the consequences.

Anonymous said...

Just because most people do it does not mean that it is safe or legal. In large crowds like this, alot of bad stuff can happen and usually does.

I think this judge sent a good message and did a great thing. Hopefully these kids will learn from this!!

Anonymous said...

With the crackdowns at colleges all across the state;what these young adults will learn is to get behind the wheel and get off campus to socialize.The on campus gatherings were condoned by everyone forever,with good reason.Now we will show them how to kill or end up being killed to help perpetuate big government.They can't be kept in a bubble...They won't stay!...Would you??

Anonymous said...

Are the sentences handed down within sentencing guidelines? Seems a little harsh to me.

Anonymous said...

There is a 30 day right to appeal.

Anonymous said...

"With the crackdowns at colleges all across the state;what these young adults will learn is to get behind the wheel and get off campus to socialize"...News flash, they can socialize on campus without alcohol! They have their entire adult life for that, right now is the time to buckle down and get the best education their parents can afford!!!

And any student caught that is at that college on a free ride, it should be pulled!

Anonymous said...

I WAS DRINKING WELL BEFORE 21

Anonymous said...

So what! That does not change the law! Bragging about breaking the law is not cool!

Anonymous said...

"I WAS DRINKING WELL BEFORE 21"

This means absolutly nothing. It contributes nothing to society.

Hope you grow up someday, if you don't get hit by a drunk driver.

Anonymous said...

Newsflash...They do what they do,not what some dreamer wants them to do!Take off the rose colored glasses and look around.There is right,wrong,and reality.20 or 30 thousand young adults in one place.They don't sit around and play parlor games.Put them on the highway,that is a great idea!This is not about helping them to become better adults.This is about "THE MONEY!"We adults that think we are so smart, are the ones that created the mess this country is in. They are stuck with it.Why would they think we know much about anything? Why would you think we do?Your plan is to lock everyone up or kick them out of school for doing something,that in the scope of things, doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

Anonymous said...

It is amusing how every generation is lawless and wild in their youth only go get old and complain about how lawless and wild the next generation of youth is.

Anonymous said...

Kids these days are soft a little bit of reality wont hurt them. If they are in college its high time they realize that breaking the law has risks.

Good job Mr. Judge.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Judge:

I also attending a hearing this last week in Lycoming County. It involved a problemsome person. The person has been in trouble before.

The charge was for Disorderly Conduct and Harassment for an incident that happened at a local park.

At the hearing the Judge gave max fin for summary charges and 5 days in jail. This is like unheard of for summary issues. I believe now that this person when they deceide to cause an issue somewhere, they think twice about it because some magistrates are using their power and putting these people that are issues away for a day or two.

I am hoping that this catches on in our area. There are a few magistrates that need to be nore assertive and do what needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

The privilage of old age is the acknowledgement of youthful indiscretions, hopefully a few will learn brfore they kill anyone on the roads.

Good job judge...

Anonymous said...

I drank before I was 21 too, and never in my life did I drink and drive. I am a 47 year old father of 4 teenagers, have a successful job, a great college education, and a beautiful home. So by making comments to the other person on here who admits to drinking before 21, to grow up and accusing them of drinking and driving is a bit over kill. I am positive that all you other people on here have never touched alcohol before you were of legal age. Actually, I was legally drinking at 18. I can bet at sometime my teenagers will try it, if not already, and they know I wouldn't want that, but If they choose to do so, they will pay on their own

Anonymous said...

College kids were drinking long before most of us have been alive. 28 years ago, you were able to legally drink at 18. Yes, kudos to the judge, but how many of you would feel that way as you were sucking them down in your teen years? I know I would have been against it then but now I am all for it. My only problem is how many of you peole are actual hipocrites? come on, be honest. Kids are going to drink forever and many of them will get caught and be punished, and I am sure a high percentage of them will continue on partying, like we all have done ever since alcohol was discovered.

Anonymous said...

Let's all get together and discuss this over a beer. Not in Roulette, I hear they have dead cat water!!

Anonymous said...

will the names of the kids 18 and over be listed for parents to see?

Solomon's words for the wise said...

You can search for that information at the district court website: http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/mdj.aspx

Anonymous said...

Looking back on all my travels, the United States is way too uptight about underage drinking. I mean, look at all the casualty reports coming back from OIF, OEF, and other hazardous locations in the world where our guys are forward deployed. Your telling me a young Marine LCpl, Army Pvt, Air Force Amn, ect ect,...who is 18-19-20 cannot have a beer? Your telling me a young man who is putting his life on the line so Mohammad doesn't pull the rip cord on his suicide bomber vest in your city square? Unreal, thank God I been stationed overseas and been allowed to drink when I was under 21. Germans do it right, start them out with beer and let them work out to the hard stuff. Parents allow them to drink and test the waters so when they are out and about on their own, they don't go absolutely crazy with it like when college kids start partying with out mom and dad in the area. Bottom line: Cops, let the kids have a damn beer....What is getting drunk at a house where no one is driving and somewhat contained really hurting? Why don't you go after the guys who are selling drugs which is really hurting youth today.