Woman, 22, charged with allowing underage alcohol consumption in her parents North Bloomfield barn


Staff report

NEWTON FALLS

Linda M. Byler, 22, was charged with allowing underage consumption of alcohol by minors after deputies responded to her home in the 9100 block of Penniman Road in Bloomfield Township early Sunday for a party involving about 90 teens and young adults.

Trumbull County deputies encountered three teens drinking from cans of beer who said they had drank eight to nine beers before officers arrived.

They were a 17-year-old male from Kinsman Road in Middlefield; an 18-year-old male of Mayfield Road in Windsor; and an 18-year-old male of Drennen Wilcox Road in Middlefield. They are all charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

When deputies first arrived at 12:30 a.m., they spoke with two Amish males sitting on the front porch steps of the home, who appeared to be highly intoxicated because they were slurring their words and swaying, deputies said.

They said the party was in the barn. As the deputies approached the barn, about 30 young people ran into the field and woods.

Most of the remaining 60 people in the barn appeared to be under the legal drinking age of 21, deputies said.

Byler approached deputies and argued that the deputies were not allowed there because it was private property. Many more teens started to leave.

Byler and the two 18-year-olds were to be arraigned Monday.

One of the 18-year-old males told deputies he drinks for fun because there is nothing else to do. He said he knew it was illegal, but said he didn’t care.

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