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2nd Adult Charged With Hosting Underage Drinking Party

The following information was supplied by the Batavia Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Batavia police have charged a second adult with hosting an underage party Nov. 1 at a home in the 200 block South Prairie Street.

Police charged Scott Kelley, 40, of Montgomery with hosting an unlawful residential gathering. Police said Kelley is the boyfriend of Vanessa R. Fania, 40, of Batavia, who resides at the South Prairie Street home and previously was charged with hosting an unlawful residential gathering. 

Both adults have a court date of Dec. 10 at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles.

On Nov. 1, police responded to an anonymous call of loud noise and possible underage drinking at the house. Original reports estimated that 50 to 75 youths might have been at the party, but many fled the scene.

Twenty-one juveniles face charges of underage drinking. The Batavia Police Department does not name juveniles charged with a crime.

Both adults were cited under local ordinance, which is punishable by a fine of at least $250 and as much as $500.

A state law that took effect Jan. 1, 2013, places expanded penalties for adults who host underage drinking parties. Under the state law, the crime is a misdemeanor carrying a $500 fine for any adult to knowingly permit minors under the age of 21 to drink alcohol on his or her property. If the violation results in bodily harm or death, the adult can be charged with a felony.

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Sophia Fox January 31, 2014 at 09:34 AM
I strongly agree with all the points you brought up. About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.

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