Chief says unruly youths drain manpower

November 14, 1996



Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Police Chief Glenn Phenicie said Wednesday that a group of young people, some of whom have been hanging out at the new Extremes Nite Club, have no respect for authority and are draining police resources.

A fight between police and juveniles at the club Monday night resulted in smashed windows, police using pepper spray and three 16-year-old boys in custody on charges ranging from aggravated assault to criminal trespass. Some teens crowding around the police also shouted and spit at the officers.

Phenicie said police had been called to the night club 40 times since it opened little more than a month ago. "That's totally unacceptable. We're not going to allow that in Waynesboro."


"I think it's a shame all you hear from kids is `we want a place to go' and here this guy brings in what they say they want and they trash his place," Phenicie said.

Phenicie said he had met with Mark Hoffman, who runs the club, and recommended that he take additional steps to maintain order, such as hiring more bouncers.

Hoffman said he will be hiring more bouncers and wouldn't allow youths to disrupt his club. He said he was "cleaning house" regarding unruly teens.

"I hope he hurries up and gets it cleaned," Phenicie said.

Hoffman said that Youth Are Our Concern of Waynesboro will hold a meeting at the night club today at noon and will discuss the situation.

Phenicie said he saw an anarchy sign spray-painted on the back of the club. "That seems to be their outlook on things," he said. "They just don't recognize authority." He said the vast majority of kids in Waynesboro are well-behaved, but said a group of 50 or so keep getting in trouble.

"Some of them don't have (discipline) at home," he said.

He said he sympathizes with teachers. "I couldn't stand being a school teacher with some of these kids," he said.

Phenicie said the impression that some kids have that the police are out to get them or pick on them is false.

"We're not out there because we want to be," he said. "If these kids think we enjoy going out there they're dead wrong." Officers also don't go to the night club unless called, he said.

"The reality is if they're doing something legal we aren't going to bother them."

One of the problems is that juveniles feel they can get away with crimes with light punishment until they turn 18, Phenicie said.

"In their eyes they're never doing anything wrong."

One boy was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and sent to Woodside Juvenile Detention Center.

Police said he refused to leave and began punching the officer trying to arrest him. The teen also kicked out a police car window and spit on the inside of the car before he was sprayed with pepper spray, police said. Another was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He was sent to Franklin County Prison for violating the conditions of his pre-release while he awaited adult charges including burglary and theft, Phenicie said.

A third was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and released to his mother.

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