WASHINGTON TWP. -- While an estimated half got away, fleeing on foot at the sight of the approaching deputies, another 20 were arrested at a Saturday party that appeared to cater to underage drinkers.
An anonymous noise complaint called into the Holmes County Sheriff's Office at 11:40 p.m. prompted deputies to respond to the large party at 15176 state Route 39, Loudonville,
according to Capt. Dale Renker, who said, when they got to the area "they could hear loud music, yelling and screaming."
Their arrival brought more excitement to the party, prompting many guests to flee into a nearby field and others to seek refuge inside the house, said Renker, adding those trying to hide in the house were eventually arrested.
It is yet unclear what brought all the partygoers to the residence, said Renker, who said one of the home's occupants, 19-year-old Seth James Pasterchek, was found locked out of the residence and had to force entry to the home to get inside. His mother was found inside the residence, hiding in a closet.
Arrested for underage
consumption, Pasterchek was taken to the Holmes County Jail, from which he was later released on his own recognizance.
Some of the guests were over 21; many were not. Deputies found many open containers throughout the home and around the property.
In total five deputies, assisted by an officer from Nashville Police Department, responded to the scene and helped
provide transportation to the Holmes County Jail.
Between the road and corrections divisions, officers were occupied for hours responding to the incident. In the jail, where midnight shift staffing was reduced from four to three during budget cuts four years ago, two additional officers were used to help in the booking and bonding
process, according to Capt. Pam Akins.
"It's just time consuming. You have to check them in, process them, fingerprint and do their bonds. And, while all posted bond, many remained for several hours, causing an additional breakfast time strain on the jail kitchen and its staff.
The Holmes County Jail can house up to 63 inmates at a time. Prior to the early Sunday arrival of young partygoers the census was more than 40, and Akins said corrections officers had to make use of the holding cells and indoor recreation area to keep the incoming arrestees confined.
Akins said her staff did a good job effectively processing those who were arrested, and she's glad that, because all made bond, she is not having to consider a temporary increase in staffing, which would require payment of overtime wages.
She's also thankful none of those arrested appeared to be overly intoxicated, which requires additional attention from staff, who are required to monitor their medical conditions.
Of underage partying, Renker said the sheriff's office takes reports seriously, "but for us to go in, we have to have a legitimate complaint and something to act on. We definitely go and treat them all the same, east and west."
"Our concern is somebody's going to get hurt -- there's alcohol poisoning, people doing stupid things and then, when they get out on the road, they can hurt somebody else," he said. "That's the ultimate thing. We don't want people getting hurt."
Arrested for underage consumption and released on recognizance bonds were:
Georgia Rae Garnes, 19, 200 E. Millersburg St., Nashville.
Schiane Doris Jarvis, 18, 180 Purdy St., Killbuck.
Travis Logan Leyda, 20, 8520 County Road 373, Big Prairie.
Bryce Brennen Rohrer, 19, 6960 Township Road 310, Millersburg.
Jacob Tucker Sage, 19, 13139 Private Road 231, Big Prairie.
Emily Jolynn Westfall, 19, 13770 Township Road 473, Lakeville.
Arrested for underage consumption and released on bonds of $2,500 cash or surety were:
Caleb Michael Carter, 19, 315 Doorchester St., Ashland.
Zachariah Steven Carter, 19, 315 Doorchester St., Ashland.
Mariah Jane Chapman, 18, 145 ½ N. Water St., Loudonville.
Kourtnie Dawn Dickinson, 18, 604 E. Seventh St., Ashland.
Tori Rae Goon, 18, 231 S. Jefferson St., Apt. E-5, Loudonville.
Tessa Angela Marie Harvey, 18, 884 Whitepine Drive, Akron.
Jabreea Shanea Jones, 20, 1511 Cottage St., Apt. E, Ashland.
Chelsea Elizabeth Lambert, 20, 332 Katherine Ave., Ashland.
Steven Ashford McFadden, 18, 22239 Shadley Valley Road, Danville.
Ella Suzanne Snyder, 19, 106 Mechanic St., Perrysville.
Abigail Lyn Staley, 19, 7864 Red Bank Road, Westerville.
Jacqueline Marie Stuhldreher, 20, 1056 state Route 511, Ashland.
Deputies also arrested 21-year-old Whitney Dawn Stimmell, 16 Hillsdale Drive, Millersburg, for obstructing justice. She was released on her own recognizance. Also taken into custody were two 16-year-olds, who were released to the custody of their parents.
They all, except the two juveniles, are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Holmes County Municipal Court.
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