Bristol Police Stop House Party; 9 Charged

Seven Massachusetts residents were among the suspects charged on March 3 just after midnight.


Bristol Police this week charged nine men between the ages of 19 and 22 with underage drinking and serving alcohol to minors after officers responded to a house party on Shaws Lane on March 3 just after midnight.

Reports indicate that officers called the Roger Williams University shuttle service to pick up some of the students found at the party.

Charged with underage possession of alcohol were:

  • Christopher Glynn, 20, of Milton, MA;
  • Tyler Koch, 20, of Long Valley, NJ;
  • Kyle Gershuny, 20, of Newburyport, MA;
  • Ryan Swanson, 20, of West Newbury, MA;
  • Benjamin Peterson, 19, of Westborough, MA; and
  • Nicholas Arias, 20, of Manchester, CT.

Officers also charged the following with serving alcohol to minors:

  • Christoper O'Keefe, 22, of Holden, MA;
  • Eric Patnode, 22, of East Longmeadow, MA; and
  • Adam Semple, 22, of Attleboro, MA.

All nine received summonses to appear at future hearings to be scheduled.

antbony March 06, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Pleased something is being done to crack down on this student nonsense. They should also charge the owner of the property.
antbony March 06, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Perhaps the owner of the building should face civil fines as well? Landlords who rent to students need to accept the responsibility as well as the excessive rents.
David Silvia March 06, 2013 at 06:35 PM
antbony i disagree with you, all these students are above 18 and not the drinking age, let the law handle this issue. being 18,19 it time they accepted responsibility not the landlord
Ray DeForge March 06, 2013 at 08:12 PM
How can one be "an adult", and yet not old enough "to drink"? It's stupid - Period !!!! Either raise the age of "adulthood" to 21 (like it was when I was a kid), or lower the "drinking age" to 18. Were this the case, the only thing the officers could have charged these people with is "disturbing the peace", possibly "drunk & disorderly", and maybe even "resisting arrest". Thank God they weren't driving at the time. After all; as a legal adult, one (according to the "law") should have the maturity to accept legal responsibility for their actions; in this case, whether fair or not, the possibility of substantial fine along with jail time, and a permanent arrest and criminal conviction record. For the seriousness of these charges, allow me to paste my findings from a Google search : ........ "Underage possession and consumption is a misdemeanor in the first degree, the most serious misdemeanor offense, which carries a maximum sentence of $1,000 fine and six months in jail." - - - - in other words, one level below a "FELON" ! If the "adult" college students don't have the $$$$ (what student DOES have access to a quick "Grand"), jail time becomes the only alternative. I wonder what's going through their young brains at this moment. It will change the pathways of their lives. The question is - how (?).
Kris Wetterland Jr. March 11, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Why would you charge the owner of the property? That's not even close to being fair
Anthony Buono March 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM
'Fair"? Is it "fair" to have absentee landlords rent to students who disrupt and disturb entire neighborhoods of law abiding residents continuously? Landlords have a responsibility not to subject their abutting neighbors to this kind of hooliganism. They should be screening tenants for quality individuals and to inform them that if they violate the town's noise ordinances that there are provisions in their lease(s) which call for sanctions including but not limited to termination and loss of deposit. Many of these Landlord are not affected by the consequences of their greed. Perhaps, Assuredly, hitting them in the wallet would stimulate greater care in their selection of tenants. I also believe that the names of the Landlord(s) should be listed in the article(s). It would interesting to know, wouldn't it?
Jack Baillargeron March 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM
That is like saying Taylor, rental is responsible it someone rents something and uses it illegally. Or how about charging U-Haul, is someone rents a truck gets drunk and kills someone in an accident? I could go on and on about why a landlord, can't not control the actions of tenants. How would you enforce a lease that say the landlord is responsible for noise? Granted after a tenant has violated a law you could evict them, however that takes a lot of time due to the laws on it. Screening is impossible, no way to know who is a good person or a bad person, and it is a very slippery road for a landlord with discrimination laws now a days. You can't rent to students who you think are good and not rent to students you think are bad, based on I do not know what. We do not live in that type of society or Country for that matter. The bottom line is that you enforce the laws against the individual who breaks the law. Just saying
DownTown March 12, 2013 at 01:12 AM
There were apparently minors there since there was a charge for serving alcohol to minors.
copper March 21, 2013 at 07:30 PM
i agree. too much hooliganism and tomfoolery will destroy our quite town/paradise. I say it's high time us responsible community members band together and ethnically cleanse the neighborhood of all twenty-somethings. Let's also close all the bars and arrest all the single mothers. THE TIME FOR PURITY IS AT HAND!
Ray DeForge March 21, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I have the solution to all the "noise" and "hooliganism" : Live on a boat in a marina. Guaranteed to eliminate those pesky problems, as long as you don't mind the additional problems of dampness, dry rot and the never ending leaks above the waterline when it rains ( and believe me, where I'm at it RAINES).
Dexter March 21, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I have lived next to university students for a majority of my life it seems as though they always get placed RIGHT next to me and we even share a driveway but I will be honest I have never had a problem. Often times they are nice to me, talk to me and sometimes even help me out but they are always respectful, I am lucky enough where a dog lives with these college guys and I get to see him often, we are best friends although we don't rarely get to actually play, long story short.... I rov my neighbors


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