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Two charged with giving alcohol to teens at party

Police called when party got loud

Police called when party got loud

May 23, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HALFWAY

After receiving a complaint about a loud house party Saturday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department charged two people with providing alcohol to 19 teenagers, police said.

All 19 teenagers were charged with underage possession of alcohol, a civil citation punishable by a fine of up to $500, Col. Douglas Mullendore said.

Police said the party took place at 17833 Red Oak Drive, near Halfway Boulevard and Downsville Pike.

It was not clear if the two adults who live there - Cynthia Lou Fitz and Darin Wayne Norris - were related to any of the teenagers. Mullendore said none of the teenagers has the last name Fitz or Norris.

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Fitz, 42, and Norris, 38, were charged with one count apiece of furnishing alcohol to minors and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Each charge is a misdemeanor.

Mullendore said Fitz and Norris are a couple, but he didn't know if they are married.

They are listed as joint owners of the property in Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records online.

A phone number in a 2004 directory for Fitz at that address has been disconnected.

Three of the teenagers, all Hagerstown residents, were charged with underage alcohol possession as adults - Michael Andrew Neel, 18, of 1800 Brightwood Drive; Devon Eric Vinci, 19, of 10902 Bayberry Court; and Coty Matthew Grove, 18, of 17924 Rench Road.

Mullendore said the sheriff's department received a complaint of a loud party at Fitz's and Norris's home at about 1:10 a.m. Saturday.

He said the sheriff's department wanted to publicize the arrests and charges because it's prom and graduation season, a popular time for house parties with underage drinking.

He said police have extra patrols to find those parties and will charge people, if necessary.

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