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July 1, 2014

Underage party bust nets 21 arrests

A total of 26 individuals under the age of 21 were arrested by LaGrange County police on alcohol-related charges following the breakup of a large party in LaGrange early Sunday morning.

According to LaGrange County police, officers were called to 11125 W. 750 N. at approximately 1:50 a.m. Sunday in reference to a complaint of a large underage party with alcohol taking place at the residence.

Upon arrival at the property, officers reportedly observed multiple vehicles parked on the premises and witnessed subjects yelling and music playing loudly from the garage area of the residence. Numerous empty alcoholic beverage containers were also reportedly scattered across the driveway and front yard areas.

When officers attempted to make contact with the subjects in the garage, several reportedly attempted to run from the officers. Upon apprehending a majority of the fleeing subjects, the officers began to ID the attendees of the party, noting that nine of the 26 individuals found were between the ages of 18 and 20, while 17 were juveniles under the age of 18.

The adults were transported to the LaGrange County Jail on charges of minor in possession of alcohol, a Class C Misdemeanor. Included among the adults arrested were: Dora Fry, 18, 6250 S. Ind. 5, Topeka; Daniel Eash, 19, 3235 W. 550 S., Wolcottville; Jonas Brandenberger, 18, 0605 S. 400 E., LaGrange; Kayla Bontrager, 18, 21355 S. 1200 W., Shipshewana; Linda Nissley, 19, 5015 E. 450 S., Wolcottville; Lori Lehman, 19, 5750 S. 100 W., Wolcottville; Michael Bontrager, 18, 4855 W. 700 S., Topeka; Samuel Troyer, 18, 6615 E. 100 N., LaGrange; and Sarah Miller, 18, 6545 S. 300 W., Topeka.

The renter of the property, Matthew Miller, 22, was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A Misdemeanor.

The 17 juveniles were transported to the lobby of the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of a school bus from the Howe Military Academy where they were charged with minor in possession of alcohol. One juvenile was also charged with resisting law enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor. They were later released to their parents.

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