Police Break Up Massive Underage St. Patrick's Party, Dozens Charged

The information in this report is from the Solon Police. An arrest does not mean a conviction.

officers broke up a massive party on SOM Center Road on St. Patrick's Day that resulted in charges against dozens of Solon teens and young adults.

The party at a large home at 5119 SOM Center Road is still under investigation. So far, 31 people have been charged and 10 more have been referred to Solon's juvenile officers. Most of the charges are for underage drinking, but some were tagged with charges of drug abuse, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

All but three of the partygoers police rounded up are from Solon. The other three were from Avon Lake, Lorain and Glenwillow.

According to the police report, officers responded to a large party at 11:32 on March 17.

When officers pulled up to house, which is set back far from the street in the wooded areas near Miles Road, police saw people dart from the house and flee into the woods. Officers called in backup and received aid from police departments in Orange, Moreland Hills and Benleyville to assist with booking the suspects.

According to the report, police searched through the house, finding partygoers hiding inside. Some actively resisted arrest and fought back against officers. A few bongs were found. The house suffered unspecified damage and blood was found in a basement sink, but police don't know how it got there.

The party's host, an 18-year-old Solon High student and resident of the house, was charged with contributing to unruliness and delinquency of minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing liquor to underage persons.

Police say his parents were not home at the time of the party.

Lt. Bruce Felton with the Solon Police said officers are aggressively investigating the party.

Yola Dennger March 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I was at the party, I was a DD, and had committed no crime other than being the presence of underaged alcohol consumption. At the party I was hanging out with other designated drivers and dancing. And for Dre, I am well aware the owner of the house invited everyone to stay the night if they were drinking. Also, the owner was not consuming alcohol. Pretty responsible kids i'd say, and for what? to be treated as a terrorists? I say that because the Solon Police were, indeed, terrorizing high school children. They did not approach the manner in any calm or collected way. I am not from Solon and I was shocked by what was being said and done as the police invaded. They were yelling and banging and there were flash lights every where. In that situation, the body's natural reaction is to flee from danger, its referred to as the "fight or flight" response. I am not condemning the police for breaking up the party, although I do not believe they had any reasonable cause to enter the home. I feel as if this issue could have been handled in a more professional manner, and that threats of being tazored, scoped out with search lights, and being thrown to the ground were simply excessive. You say Mr. Dre, what if someone had been behind the wheel of the car that night? I ask, what if I had been running in the woods because I did not feel safe from the threatening police, but frightened, and slipped on some mud and knocked unconscious from hitting my head on a rock?
Yola Dennger March 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Hey Allen, just an FYI, alcohol was not provided by the owner of the house, in fact they dont even drink. And you think the kids stupid enough to hold the party and provide the party favors? ...I dont think so. scratch that, i know so.
Allen Paulson March 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM
No Yola, they were stupid enough to harbor it.
Robert Vasquez March 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I completely agree. The SPD need to focus on real crimes and lay off of the juveniles. You don't see officers from Cleveland prowling around to crash teenage parties, they can realize that there are A LOT more important things in this world than doing that.
John March 23, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Chris extended a serious offer. If you think the police were out of line, offer proof, otherwise this childish whining and lack of understanding of the law seems to cast doubt as to the accusations. My child in the Solon School system learned that laws are laws and you don't get to pick which ones are too "victim-less" to enforce. How did these kids miss that lesson? How do these near-adults not know the consequences of drug use, underage drinking, and DUI? Oh and FYI, "weed" is a controlled drug in Ohio. What a poor reflection these kids are on our city.
Officer Farva March 23, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I was at the party and witnessed cops swarming in the back door. As i turned around, a cop had a kid in a bear hug that was walking up the steps and proceeded to forcefully throw the kid to the ground. Solon Cops are legit....nottttt!! The SPD should be changed to the KKK after i heard racial slurs and witnessied them forcefully beat an african american.
Dre March 23, 2012 at 03:17 AM
This is being completely thrown out of porportion. The SPD was doing their job. For one, I WAS at the party. I am not defending the SPD and saying that everything they did eas right... they were a little harsh. But you have to realize that breaking the law is breaking the law. Over 100 kids were at the house, most were drunk or under the influence. Music was blaring and kids were walking around outside by the basement door... You cannot expect to just easily get away with that especially with the huge amount of kids coming and going, walking across/down som to their cars.. Kids were being belligerent and yelling back rude gestures to the cops as well so they shouldn't be the ones to talk. I do think the SPD could have handled themselves a little bit better but still. The kids that were hiding/running from the cops were not cooperating in any form. They took the risk of attending a party that involve drinking/ substance abuse and it comes at a cost.
Vin U March 23, 2012 at 03:26 AM
My name is Evan U. and I did attend this party. This is mainly directed towards Allen Paulson. While there may be some small remnants of a decent point in your comment, you unfortunately do not know what you are talking about. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all take complete responsibility for what we did wrong last saturday night, but wouldn't it be great if the adult police officers in the situation could do the same? For the record, several out of the group of officers who were called to response were simply doing their jobs, and were kind. The problem is the group that were not. And your grouping of 30 or more kids into the category of rich and spoiled, claiming that our parents will most likely hire an attorney and free us of any charges conveys your shameful ignorance to say the least. To those calling for proof of misconduct on the part of the SPD, this will soon come, trust me. To further iterate the points and accounts of those who witnessed this misconduct, here is the Solon Police mission statement: "The mission of the Solon Police Department is to achieve excellence in service, protection, and enforcement; and to preserve the peace of the community through dedication to professionalism, integrity proficiency, and education." For numerous hours, I calmly sat on the foyer floor of Rhonda Wiens beautiful home, observing several officers directly and consistantly contrast the statement they swore to uphold.
Vin U March 23, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Not to mention the later borderline harassment, disrespect, and invasion of privacy towards the Wien family on the part of the local media outlets.
Vin U March 23, 2012 at 03:44 AM
If you feel your opinion on the matter is so viable, your should try not hiding behind a pseudonym, and reveal who you are, as by not doing so you are violating the terms of service set by this website.
Harry March 23, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Great job kids. Way to mess up getting accepted to the colleges of your choice.
Robert Vasquez March 23, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Anyways, what teenager in high school didn't drink? It's just that nowadays, cops are on top of the kids and what they do. Back 20 years ago, cops that saw a party would just walk politely walk in and either ask for everyone to stop, everyone to leave, or just take the alcohol and tell the kids to proceed to party. Now though, everything is a big deal. Everything is serious. There can't be any fun in the world anymore. Open your eyes people of Solon, let the kids have fun like they used to be able to. Its not like previoud generations turned out as a bunch of alcoholics and potheads. I hope the Solon Police Department see this and maybe, just maybe, have a change of heart and start to be less harsh towards the kids, because how it is now is ridiculous and inefficient.
Robert Vasquez March 23, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Shut up. All the kids that were at the proclaimed "Project X Party" are still going to be getting into great colleges. Solon kids are the bright and most intelligent students in the state of Ohio, and to sit here and watch you demean these kids is unacceptable. I'm sure that they will be more successful than you and have a better life then you.
Jeff K. March 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Do you realize how ignorent you sound with saying "what teenager in high school didn't drink?". High school student drinking has been declining and is well below 50%. Do your homework and get that facts before posting something like that. That statement may be your personal opinion however a simple Google search would prove your statement false.
Jeff K. March 23, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Robert: Students lost college athletic scholarships who were at that party. Also, the personal accusations of someones "success" is quite vulgar. Try being a little less agressive on this forum and maybe people will actually respect your opinions and comments.
Harry March 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Robert, your comments make you sound ignorant. Tell that to the people who have had loved ones who were killed by a teen (or anyone) who had too much to drink and still felt bold enough to drive home. Underage drinking or excessive drinking cannot be condoned.
Harry March 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Drinking and fun do not equate.
Robert Vasquez March 26, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Actually Jeff, here is a quote that proves you wrong: "Alcohol use remains extremely widespread among today’s teenagers. Nearly three quarters of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school". Also, this study is done at various school, and can be skewed for many reasons, such as the kids not being honest, or the type of community and the type of people from the high school their testing. So actually, a simple google search and some common sense actually proves YOU wrong. This point of my post is that the Solon Police have taken this too far and blew it out of proportion. It was a simple high school party. Everybody was in high school at one time and everyone has experienced this kind of situation. Don't sit here and act like your friends and yourself weren't angles in high school.
Robert Vasquez March 26, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I'm not saying that it can't be condoned, I'm saying that the Police treated as if a gunman was holding hostages inside the house. They blew it out of proportion and dealt with it in a n unprofessional manner.
Jeff K. March 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Anyone can make up a quote that they "found on the internet". And your statement "Also, this study is done at various school, and can be skewed for many reasons, such as the kids not being honest, or the type of community and the type of people from the high school their testing" just makes your quote unreliable. Why you included this i have no idea. You are a very poor debater. I hope your not a lawyer or plan on being one. Also, the personal accusations make you come of as an inconsiderate person who thinks they know everything. You dont know me. You dont know what i did in high school. For all you know i could still be in high school. FYI i did not drink until college and am perfectly ok with that decision. Dont assume you know what people have done in the past when you dont even know who they are.
Adam March 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Have you ever been to Solon? What else to the police have to do? You think 31 kids were planning on staying the night at one house? Please. We are lucky the front page of this website isn't about alcohol related driving deaths.
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
"This isn't China or Soviet Russia, we have freedom of speech and these posts shouldn't be censored." Do you always cite stuff you don't know what you're talking about? I would HIGHLY recommend you actually READ the Bill of Rights so don't sound any more uneducated than you've already shown you are. Freedom of speech has no relevance here. Now, go get a clue.
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM
"And if you classify weed as a hardcore drug, you should check out the real world some time." With so many blatantly uneducated young people posting here, as a country, we're in BIG trouble if this type of stupidity continues into your adult years. It doesn't matter what one considers "weed". What DOES matter is that it is ILLEGAL! Just like you under-21 fools drinking. It's ILLEGAL. Which makes it a CRIME. The same with drugs. It wouldn't matter if a bunch of 50 year-olds were partying it up and weed and/or other ILLEGAL drugs were found. They're illegal. Crack open a freaking dictionary, Paris.
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM
It's "probable cause", Beavis. And you think you're so "tough" slinging accusations behind your fake name. Which makes you -- to make it 'clean' -- a coward. A pansy. If you actually had a pair, you wouldn't be such a coward and use your FULL name. Yeah, keep flexing that modem muscle, "tough guy."
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Practice what you preach "vin u". YOU are violating TOS by not using YOUR full name. So, whiny delinquents like you shouldn't be taking your shots from the grassy knoll.
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Oh, STHU and stop citing stuff YOU have not a clue WTH you're talking about. It's called Ohio Revised Code. Read it, learn it or just shut it. Or you can continue with your pulling-stuff-out-of-your-backside ramblings because I enjoy LMAO at delinquents like you.
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM
" Solon kids are the bright and most intelligent students in the state of Ohio," First of all, you're dreaming. Second of all, with the exception of the morons who showed up to this one and (rightfully) got busted. Good thing fast food will always be around; we'll always need people like you to take our orders.
Jack Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM
How a bunch of whiny, law-making juvenile morons think they were treated by the cops is irrelevant. Maybe some of the pathetic, excuse-making "parents" for these juvenile jacka**es might care, but the general public does not (nor will they care what their "parents" think). You losers were stupid enough to think you weren't going to get caught. It was a freaking house party with DOZENS of kids there. With alcohol AND drugs. Anyone who thought you weren't going to get nailed -- in a suburb like Solon -- OR ANY SUBURB -- deserves everything they got from their stupidity.
Vin U March 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Jack Kelly, you sound plain stupid in your reply to my response, and are you saying that the SPD website is my ass? So 'OMGLMFAOSTFU' grow up please. Someday you'll learn to voice an opinion without looking like an asshole!
Earl Sweatshirt April 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Jack Kelly=Kid picked last for matball, lol


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