By Margie Wuebker
Celina parents hosting a graduation party for their son were arrested early Saturday morning after Celina Police responded to reports of underage drinking at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 129 N. Vine St.
Ten partygoers also were arrested -- the majority for underage drinking.
Gary Hoyng, 45, and his 46-year-old wife, Karrie, were charged with providing a place for underage persons to drink and obstruction of justice after police determined they had rented the hall and hosted the party. The offenses are first- and second-degree misdemeanors.
Trash and remnants found inside the hall indicated a large amount of beer had been consumed, according to Celina Police Chief Dave Slusser.
Taken into custody for underage consumption of alcohol were: ´ Kodie D. Highley, 19, 9350 Hoenie Road, Celina.
´ Stephen A. Moore, 18, 6807 Janet Ave., Celina.
´ Adam Gray, 18, 106 Zillah St., Celina.
´ Carrie J. Butterini, 18, 315 W. Anthony St., Celina.
´ Tyler D. Staugler, 19, 212 Bachar Road, Celina.
´ Kyle Anderson, 19, 805 Orchard St., Celina.
´ Jason L. Knapke, 19, 3929 Carmel Church Road, Celina.
´ Addison J. Jaqua, 18, 322 N. Main St., Piqua.
´ Julie S. Sandker, 19, 414 Magnolia St., Celina.
´ Ande D. Morgan, 19, 614 Rockford Road, Willshire.
In addition, a 17-year-old girl was arrested on a similar charge but police did not reveal the name of the juvenile.
Highley also was charged with resisting arrest and failure to obey the order of a police officer after he ran from the scene. He allegedly was one of three young people who bolted from the building. Two stopped on command while Highley continued to run. His flight proved short-lived as he was brought to the ground by Nick, the department's K9 unit.
Officers responded to the scene at 2:21 a.m. and observed activities from outside the building for several minutes before attempting contact with the occupants. Several subjects consuming beer appeared to be in their teens, and the people serving them were adults, according to Slusser.
The officers then announced their presence, and those inside locked the door to the hall. While awaiting the arrival of a keyholder from the K of C emergency contact list, police observed the occupants dumping and removing beer cans from the bar as well as tables.
Highley and the Hoyngs were handcuffed and taken to the police department, where they posted bond. All 12 people charged in connection with the party are expected to appear later this week in Celina Municipal Court.
None of the Hoyng children, including the guest of honor, were charged. Slusser indicated parents are permitted to serve alcohol to their children without repercussion. However, serving it to others represents an offense.
"We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to something like this," the police chief added. "This should serve as a warning to other parents who will be hosting graduation parties in the coming weeks."