22 people, including students of New England College, were taken into custody at an underage drinking party early Friday morning.

Oct 1, 2015 11:02 AM

22 taken into custody, 10 arrests at Henniker underage drinking party


HENNIKER - 22 people were taken into police custody shortly after midnight Thursday after police broke up an underage drinking party.

Police were first called to an apartment at 9 Park Street for a noise complaint around 12:08 a.m.

As an officer approached the property, a woman "rushed everyone inside and slammed the door," according to Chief Ryan Murdough.

About 20 people then ran from the basement. An officer was only able to stop one of them, police said.

Of the 22 people taken into custody, 8 were arrested and charged with unlawful possession, including one who was charged with disorderly conduct and another with resisting arrest.

In addition, two of the tenants were charged with facilitating underage drinking. The rest were put into protective custody.

An additional 11 police officers from Hopkinton, Hillsborough, Sutton and troopers with the New Hampshire State Police also responded to help break up the party.

While officers were on the scene, someone started "throwing rocks at them," so a K9 was brought in but nobody was located, Murdough said.

The chief said he believes a majority of those taken into custody are students at nearby New England College.

"This is the first problem we've had there," Murdough explained. "They just finished construction there towards the end of August."

The building was recently destroyed by a fire and has a large barn attached, authorities said. Property records were not available for the address on the town's website.

"This is the first large party we've had this school year so far," said Murdough, who explained that underage parties are common during the first few months of classes.

The chief, who has worked in Henniker for 21 years, said his department has always taken a strong stance against alcohol and drug abuse.

"Underage drinking is not going to be tolerated," he said.

Those facing charges are expected to be arraigned in early November, including:

Charged with disorderly conduct:

Christopher C. Hines, 22, of Dorchester, Mass.

Charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and intoxication:

Alana M. Scott, 19, of Huntington, Vt.
Liam T. Greene, 18, of East Falmouth, Mass.
Sara J. Locke, 19, of Perkinsville, Vt.
Emma L. Harvey, 19, of Winthrop, Mass.
Jon J. Manlow, 20, of Murrieta, Calif.
Kaitlyn M. Berry, 18, of Canterbury, NH

Charged with facilitating an underage alcohol house party:

Melissa A. Wagner, 21, of Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Lindsay H. Delfa, 21, of Purdys, NH

Charged with resisting arrest and unlawful possession of alcohol and intoxication:

William J. Darbouze, 20, of Henniker, NH


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