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Woman Charged, Scores of Teens Nabbed at Party

East Side homeowner faces fine, four juveniles charged with underage drinking, and parents of 65 others were called to come get their children.

A St. Charles homeowner faces a fine of as much as $500, four juveniles have been cited with underage drinking and scores of teens are dealing with the consequences after police called their parents to come get them after officers broke up a Nov. 2 party on the city’s East Side.

Lisa J. Lorenzini, 50, of the 200 block of Persimmon Drive, was cited under a local ordinance with social hosting, punishable by a fine of at least $250 and as much as $500, St. Charles police said. Four St. Charles teens, ages 15, 16, 17 and 17, were charged with possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor, police said.

According to St. Charles police, officers were called to Persimmon and Hunt Club drives on a report of an underage drinking party.

The department’s press release describes officers arriving about 9:15 p.m. to a scene that was chaotic.

The first two officers found “numerous cars and juveniles” moving around the block, and then they found the party. Their arrival must have been a shock — the release states that as they approached the home, “a large number of juveniles fled through the back door. Other juveniles were seen climbing out of windows.”

More officers arrived and police were able to contain 71 people, including 65 juveniles, inside the residence. Police said the juveniles ranged in age from 14 to 18.

St. Charles police said the parents of the 65 juveniles then were contacted and were asked to come to the home. The youths were released into the custody of their parents or a guardian. Four of the youths were intoxicated, so police cited them with underage drinking.

Police also said they found a large number of beer cans at the scene.

According to St. Charles police, all the reports on the incident were completed and reviewed on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, when the decision was made to cite Lorenzini with social hosting.

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josephine s. November 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Thank you, Ted. For catching this thread of reasoning applied to these tragically lost children. Amy, you cannot put that out here-you have no right to use suicide to challenge a simple expectation of sportsmanship and moral behavior. Regardless of whether you meant 3 out of 4 or what your standard is for using the word, "most". Our kids learned in elementary school what they called, "restraining impulsivity". They learned it by positive reinforcement with recognition and by gentle reproof, often in amusing ways with each teachers' individuality....(I remember one teacher using a 7 dwarfs stuffed doll, Grumpy). Teachers and school codes only go so far, without parent reinforcement with recognition, and with consequences. That is what we are talking about. As a former teacher, I can share the frustration felt by the limit to what we could do to shape behavior and influence choice. Responsibility remains heavily on all these parents, and the woman who hosted, for they are the adults responsible in large part for their minor children's whereabouts. Can't be responsible for their every choice-but, what did you say they could do, that night? What are 14 yr olds doing mixing with juniors & seniors, and who in their right mind hosts such a huge party? Don't care how big the house is-you could not handle it by your actions or influence, alone, Lisa.
Take Action November 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Why are some teams at St. Charles East High School not required to hold a Code of Conduct Meeting for both the athletes and parents . This is an expectation of the coaching staff to hold this pre-season meeting and explain the Code of Conduct in detail to all in attendance. This is clearly stated in the STCE Athletic Expectations Handbook. Why is there no oversight to make sure these meetings take place for all of the teams at the High School?
Laraine November 17, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I am not going to speak to the athletic Code of Conduct in this string. From past experience in the school, I can tell you that in this house, it was not the school's "Code of Conduct" that is taken seriously but our expectations as parents. What strikes me the most in the scenario is this: When is it considered humanely normal for a person to urinate in someone's home? How does this even happen? There is clearly a total and complete lack of respect for other people in this instance. These values are not being taught and/or reinforced at home. Instead, there is a message sent to these children - because that's what they are - that they are "above the law" or "untouchable" based on the many factors. We should be more concerned with this level of depravity instead of the fact that Johnny or Mary may not play basketball tomorrow. Wow, what is wrong with this society? Sad. I weep for the future.
Ted Schnell November 17, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Nothing like bringing the point home, Laraine. Well-said.
usagi April 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I wonder how a virtual charter school would handle this...

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