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Pa. woman charged with giving alcohol to boy killed in accident

January 14, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Adams County woman has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with furnishing alcohol to minors, one of whom was later killed in a Nov. 20 all-terrain vehicle accident in Franklin County.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg charged Tanya Jo Stine, 22, of 4557 Coldspring Road, South Mountain, Pa., with two counts each of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors. The charges were filed Sunday with District Justice Harold Deardorff in Adams County.

The report alleges that between 3 and 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 Rocky Dean Barnes, 16, and 13-year-old Eric Wagaman, both of Fayetteville, Pa., had been drinking at the woman's home.

It was at about 9:30 p.m. the accident occurred on Corls Ridge Road near South Mountain. Barnes was driving the ATV with Wagaman and a 16-year-old Fayetteville teen riding as passengers.

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Police said the Yamaha four-wheeler went off the road and hit a log. Wagaman was thrown off the ATV and killed instantly.

The second 16-year-old was hospitalized after the accident and Barnes was treated for minor injuries. Barnes was the only one wearing a helmet, police said.

The other 16-year-old had not been at Stine's house, police said. He was picked up by Barnes after he and Wagaman left the woman's house.

A copy of the affidavit of probable cause was not available Thursday from Deardorff's office. A clerk said Stine would receive a summons by mail and a preliminary hearing would be scheduled at a later date.

Corruption of a minor is a first-degree misdemeanor for which conviction carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to state law. Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a third-degree misdemeanor for which conviction carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

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