Loud Music, Underage Drinking on Harrison Ave.

Police say eight teenagers were drinking in a loft on top of a detached garage at the New Canaan home.


Police on Friday issued an infraction summons to a 17-year-old New Canaan man after they discovered that he’d been drinking at home with other teenagers.

While responding to a 9:26 p.m. complaint of loud music on Harrison Avenue, police saw beer cans and eight teens inside a loft above a detached garage, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department.

The 17-year-old’s parents were home at the time but, when confronted by police, said they were unaware of what was happening in the separate building on the property, Ogrinc said.

Police withheld the youth’s name because of his age.

According to the arrest log at the police department, a noise nuisance involving alcohol was called in at 9:26 p.m. at 62 Harrison Ave. According to tax records, the home at that address is owned by Kathleen Paladino.

A ticket for possession of alcohol by a minor carries a fine of $136, police said. Underage violators who plead guilty to the charge face the possibility of a driver’s license suspension, police said.

Teens at the home included two 16-year-old females, three 17-year-old males, two 17-year-old females and one 15-year-old male, Ogrinc said.

Their parents were contacted and police made sure the teens got home safely, she said.

Hollywood2 March 04, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Odd this would happen in NC and the parents didn't know?
ICareAboutMyKids March 04, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Thank goodness this article was published for the public to see, those eight teenagers were definitely a COLOSSAL threat to the safety and wellbeing of the town of New Canaan. lol
Judge Crater March 04, 2013 at 09:21 PM
If the partygoers have too much to drink -- ignoring the very low per se legal alcohol limit -- and blast through Harrison Avenue where speeders descend the Main Street hill and have an accident, that would constitute a GINORMOUS threat to all parties involved. On the other hand if everybody walks, the threat lessens. The police won't know this until they investigate and normally respond to a neighbor's complaint. Sometimes neighbors call each other and deal with these matters privately.
Judge Crater March 04, 2013 at 09:45 PM
This Court wishes to clarify earlier remarks. The potential danger to teenagers who might drive drunk makes the situation more serious, especially because of the location. The word ginormous was used in an attempt to defossilize This Court, which has been around for a while, and was not intended in any hyperbolic sense. If all the partygoers were walkers, then the event is a good deal less serious.
NATTYDADDY24 March 05, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Oh my god...kids drinking alcohol? i've never heard of an alcohol fueled get together in my life thanks for the heads up NC-Patch
NCParents March 05, 2013 at 04:00 PM
God for bid these kids were drinking and play music to loud! I'm not sure where we would be without the NCPD to stop these horrific crimes. Also according the the report there was no 15 year old there so once again youve dropped the ball NC-Patch
NCParents March 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM
It also seems quite odd that the police were able to enter the room before talking to the parents, Ive seen the house and know that it is attached to house making that room like a bed room, wasn't aware cops could just walk into people houses now....
Glen K Dunbar March 05, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Judge: Even when I use to train it and walk. I still managed to get raised eyebrows if I had a drink. Grown ups...Always something. As for these Kids. Kids will be Kids. If they were walking. ...I agree w/you Judge. What is the big deal. If I was there I could have asked the Girls to dance w/me.
Judge Crater March 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Glen, apparently either the editor or some Patch readers objected to the following comments, posted earlier: "This Court wishes to clarify earlier remarks. The potential danger to teenagers who might drive drunk makes the situation more serious, especially because of the location. The word ginormous was used in an attempt to defossilize This Court, which has been around for a while, and was not intended in any hyperbolic sense. If all the partygoers were walkers, then the event is a good deal less serious." A review of the Connecticut General Statutes shows that a first offense of drunken driving is a misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $500 and the possibility of as much as 6 months in jail. A first offense of possession of alcoholic liquor by a minor in any public or private location other than any public street or highway is an infraction, with a fine of $136. CGS 14-227g and CGS 30-89(b)(2) describe the offenses in more detail. If you have any questions, consult a lawyer.
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Hi Mike thanks for your comments. I followed up with NC Police again today and I'm told that one of the boys may have given the arong date of birth and/or wrong name. He may have been 15 or 16. Thanks for reading.
mary parker March 06, 2013 at 05:12 AM
What is it with you comenters basically condoning that it is ok for teenage kids to drink? Wow what great roll models. who cares about the fines they have to pay, no wonder this town has so many under age kids getting into trouble with drinking and drugs, the parents just don't care. What a shame parents teaching kids how to be alcoholics and drug adicts. Bravo
Glen K Dunbar March 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Thanks Judgey. Actually, I am assuming and hoping NONE of those Kids were driving. Of course I have to also take point w/Mary. Why do Kids want to drink in the first place. I am an adult. I use to drink and smoke. Why? Because people told me not to. Now, I blog and write ALL over the place and will continue to do so till my life is made drasticly easier
A Concerned Young Adult March 07, 2013 at 03:12 AM
It's obvious by your lack of punctuation that your not from New Canaan.
mary parker March 13, 2013 at 04:41 AM
A Concerned Young Adult: Excuse Me for my lack of "PUNCTUATION". lol. If all you care about is the way people spell in their opinions it is obvious you lack responsibility and proper upbringing from your parents to address such an important matter when it comes to the youth in New Canaan and the lack of concern from their parents and others to deffened and think it is ok for underaged teens to drink and or do drugs.Is this better :Punctuation for you? People like you generate dangerous advise to all young people and let these young people think it is ok to drink, then when they get arrested and it is on their record and prevents them from getting into a top college because of your mature opinion, Hey way to go. You are the loser. Puncuation? Seriously get over bad spelling and get to teaching our teenagers to grow up without being alcoholics, drug addicts and possible DWI drivers that just might cause an accident that could kill another. I know you don't care but the parents of the possible dead if this continues do care. You make me sick to think it is ok for kids to drink. What a loser of a parent!
Wait...what? March 13, 2013 at 08:34 AM
@A Concerned Young Adult you're* @mary parker "Is this better :Punctuation for you?" No. You've unleashed an entire colon in a place that didn't even need a semi-colon, and improper colon usage is never good for anyone.
LocalLady March 13, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Mary, I'm with you on this one (despite your lack of punctuation.) And how ironic, A Concerned Young Adult...that second "your" should be "you're".
Marc R. March 15, 2013 at 04:06 AM
As a young New Canaanite, I do believe there is a middle ground here. My parents are French, and I was raised to respect alcohol and, if I were to drink with friends, drink responsibly, and NEVER, NEVER drive or get in a car with someone who had anything to drink. I think kids need to understand their limits, and know when to say "no thanks" as opposed to "more, more, more". If you shelter them completely and make alcohol an evil forbidden fruit, you'll see the $#itstorm when they get to college and don't know how to handle themselves. I find it incredible how many kids get alcohol poisoning because they don't understand their limits and can't say "nah, I had enough I'm good".
A Concerned Young Adult March 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Dear Mary, I would like to inform you that your irrational ranting is unnecessary and makes you appear less educated. I also believe my opinion is more valuable and more relevant than yours since like my username describes it I am a young adult. I'm actually in high school and know the accused in this article. Your snide remarks about the parents not caring is strictly false. What you need to understand is that parents in this town don't condone drinking they accept that no matter how hard they try kids will always have ways of finding alcohol. The parents should be teaching their children how to be responsible with alcohol. One father I know has served minors before but made sure they had safe sober ways of getting home. In this environment the teenagers were less prone to binge drinking and they were never allowed to drive. This safe environment is more beneficial to us teenagers as apposed to having parents who are severely strictly against alcohol. When parents don't allow drinking it leads to the kids acting out and wanting what they can't have. This often ends dangerously with children drinking and driving which I agree is very unsafe. Being a witness in both situations I believe parents who allow drinking in a controlled environment are much better parents than the ones who don't. So Mary I hope I informed you and that our next encounter you will be able to keep your cool. Yours Sincerely, A Concerned Young Adult
Canaanite April 01, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Also, one would not say that something is "obvious BY" . . . one would say it's "obvious FROM" . . . or it's "obvious in the way that you . . . " . . .
Canaanite April 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Wow . . . Young Adult thinks he or she is adult enough to dictate to actual adults what parents "should" be teaching their kids?? And a father who served alcohol to minors is held up as an example of having stellar judgment?? Is the breaking of other laws allowed and condoned too? Just curious who draws the line about which laws are ok to break and which ones aren't . . . Dear Young Adult, until you happen to grow up and become an expert on such matters and have years of experience, at which point you *possibly* may know what you're talking about, please refrain from such silly rhetoric.
Canaanite April 01, 2013 at 03:57 PM
The problem with our culture is that binge drinking and college insanity and the like are socially accepted norms and are seen by almost everyone as rights of passage and something that everyone goes through and wants . . . But it's not. It doesn't have to be. Starting in pre-school, extra-curricular activities are given an importance that directly rivals schoolwork and studying, and it gets worse the further along you get in school. (Not that sports are bad by any means, but I am talking more about the mentality of having free-time activities that rival school . . . ) By the time you get to college, you expect the animal house experience and everyone just accepts that and hopes their kids turn out ok. This is appalling. If school were treated with more respect, the way it is in Europe, for example, then this might be less of a problem here in our country. Kids would learn discipline from an early age and would know how to control themselves, and maybe it wouldn't be seen as so cool to drink oneself into a coma. So many factors that go into this . . . but our society fosters this behavior and there are no changes in site; no hope that it will get better. The drinking age isn't the problem, parents letting their kids have an occasional drink in the family and in their own home isn't the problem . . .
A Concerned Young Adult April 01, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Canaanite I am failing to see the legitimacy of your point, that extra curricular activities lead to partying. I'm assuming you have not recently seen a college application. Getting into college these days is more than just good grades and SAT scores. There are now entire sections on the applications for extra curriculars(including both sports and clubs) and charity work as well as employment. If colleges wanted student lives revolving around school then they would not have the additional sections on their applications. In reality we are both arguing the same point, that developing child to respect alcohol in a safe environment is more beneficial to the child than hiding alcohol like its some forbidden object. Please don't insult my knowledge of this subject because I highly doubt you have done much in the ways of studying teenage alcoholism. Unlike you I see what happens at parties and know that the kids who have grown up with alcohol were much more responsible with it
Canaanite April 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Young Adult . . . I am not going to argue with you. First, I did not say that extra-curricular activities lead to partying . . . I said it's the overall practice of allowing extra-curricular activities to *rival the importance of schoolwork* (starting in preschool and going on throughout the school years) - and diminishes the importance of said schoolwork and removes the focus from it - which contributes to the notion that partying is *as an acceptable norm* in universities as studying is. And yes, universities themselves contribute to this mania, too, by requiring so many activities and putting such a focus on them in their applications and creating such competition based on those. Second, you are not in the position to guess at how much research I have done on *any* subject, so don't speculate. Suffice it to say, I've done more research on the subject than you have anecdotal experience about it, thank you very much. That, plus a few more years of valuable life experience, Young One, and I think I have earned the right to have a "legitimate" opinion on the subject. Lastly, I agree that young adults should be taught to respect alcohol (as I was, by the way, because I also grew up in a European home where the attitude about alcohol is different in my experience), but *breaking the law* and allowing kids to drink in your home is not the right way to do that.


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