Underage party busted

Doug and Heather Der Vartanian were happy to go on vacation, knowing that they had someone to take care of their pets and watch their home while they were away.
Becky Vargo
Feb 7, 2013

They were distraught to find out the person taking care of their home hosted a party there while they were still on vacation.

Neighbors called police at about 10:37 p.m. Monday when they thought someone was breaking into the home in the 300 block of River Street. What police found was a party with about 30 people, said Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Chief Roger DeYoung.

“Of course, they all run when the police come,” said DeYoung, indicating there could have been more.

A 17-year-old Spring Lake teen was arrested that night for hosting a minor in possession of alcohol party, DeYoung said.

“He was supposed to be watching a house while the people were out of town,” DeYoung said.

In all, officers wrote four or five tickets for minors in possession of alcohol. There could be more to come, DeYoung said, as the incident is still under investigation.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office is also reviewing possible other drug or alcohol charges, DeYoung said.

The homeowner said the house was trashed.

“You can imagine the amount of damage 35 teenagers can do with drugs and alcohol involved, Doug DerVartanian said. “We have dozens of pairs of shoes and coats at home left behind when people ran."

One parent stopped by to retrieve his child’s belongings, but the items were not being released yet, Der Vartanian said.

“We’re terribly disappointed in everybody who was involved,” he said.

Comments

IamGod

I SAY AND DO "WHATEVA" I WANT. I am almighty after all

Markus

Not god. No particularly bright. Not original. Not putting their money where their mouth is. Not on topic. Not worth my attention anymore. Not going anywhere. Will party in parents basement for life, or invade some elses house to do so. Just sad.

LakerVille

Are you hosting a mixer at your house this weekend? If so, what is the address? Can't wait for the O'douls.

MR. WILLIAMS

I'm on the Party Wagon of people who agree that this just isn't news worthy. This may be coffee shop gossip and a cool story in the High School kids circles, but that's about it. I remember my Grand Haven High School days where parties at one school mates house or another took place at least twice a month, where the parents were away for the weekend or longer. I mean, we had to have something cool to talk about. A lot of the parties made the movie "Porky's" look tame and yeah, the whole football team was there only during that time period, everyone was friends with everyone, no rivalry except when G.R. came to town. We had one of the best winning team records with only loosing 1 game per season, two seasons straight. We partied heavy and played football hard and well, those teenage natural hormones kept us going, always running strong. Yeah, those were the days...

deuce liti

This is without a doubt THE LAMEST comment on the entire thread.

ateenagersview

Let me start of by saying that this shouldn't be in the news. But with the community we live in there isn't a lot of local news to top it. To Mr. and Mrs. Der Vartanian I'm sorry. I'm sorry because I am one of the teenagers that was there. All though let me say that myself and probably at least half of the people there didn't know that it was not the hosts house until it was to late. But that is no excuse. The fact remains that myself and others put ourselves in a situation that we should not have even though myself and the vast majority of people who where there didn't drink and are not facing any charges it is still no excuse. Yes the host made a mistake like we all do. Who are we to judge. We are not him. We are not the homeowners and we are not the police. We should just leave it up to them at this point. I will say that I have known the host for years and despite what all of you already think he is a good kid and has never been in trouble with the law before. He made a mistake. I hope he learns from it as I have and hopefully everyone else who was there has.

Markus

You can't host a party in a house that isn't yours. You elevate the argument by making him a "host". You went to a party with alcohol and drugs? I assumed you explained your innocence to the police when they entered? I assume you are going to make this right by helping the homeowners clean the property?
I am aware enough of this situation to comment. I guess you are too. Those rooms you were in were kids rooms. Would YOU want someone in your room when you were a kid? Those pets you might have walked over were family pets. Want a bunch of drunk kids that you never knew hanging around YOUR pets for days at a time? The family was trying to enjoy themselves in Disneyworld while people came and went from their house, partied in their rooms, and will get to clean up the mess YOU and your friends left.
I will leave the judging to the judge. Perhaps you will go to court and speak on your friends behalf.
By the way...You seem to know what you call the "host" well, but you didn't realize IT WASN'T HIS HOUSE? I hope as you get older you have something better to offer than excuses and adminishments about judging others. Do your parents know you were there? They should.
Please take the time to go and ask the homeowners their forgiveness, and take the time to make it up to them and their kids. Come clean and tell them everyone that eas there. Clean the house and make amends.
Otherwise all you stand for is BS. Too young to start standing for that already...

orangeman

Kids make bad choices, that is why they have parents to help guide them. I totally disagree with the party and the lack of responsibilty, bad choice, shuld we brand the kid for the rest of his life!!

WHAT UPSETS ME MOST IS THAT WHAT I HEARD WAS THE THE POLICE PULLED TAZERS OUT AND ATTEMPTED TO TAZE THE HIGH SCHOOL KIDS WHO RAN AWAY!

My son was not at the party, he has developed decent judgement based on years of painful discusions. But he has been going on about this and I am thankful we have a good line of communication.

I CAN NOT BELEIVE THAT THE SL POLICE WOULD RESORT TO TAZERS AT A HIGH SCHOOL PARTY! REALLY! HIGH SCHOOLERS! YOU COULD HAVE DONE SOME DAMAGE!

NOT A PROUD DAY FOR ANYONE THAT LIVES IN SL!

I HAVE TO SAY, EVEN IF MY KIDS WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO BE AT THAT PARTY, IF THE POLICE WOULD HAVE TAZED HIM, I WOULD BE ALL OVER THEM AND CONSIDER A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT BASED ON STUPIDITY AND RECLESSNESS.

These are kids by the way. The are dumb and make bad choices, adults do not have that excuse, especailly police officers!

Where are the parents in this community, do you know or care where you kids are? I do, that is why I had kids! Step up and do your job!

My messages to the kids.. is run like hell!

Markus

Mr Williams. Kindly provide your address for the children of Spring Lake. They really, truly need a place to party and let their hormones run wild. You sound very understanding.

Markus

My message to the kids; Do the right thing and you won"t have to run like hell. 43 years and never had to run like hell from an authority figure. Btw, kids that run shoeless through backyards from the police? Maybe not reliable. Just sayin. But go ahead, and blame the police on the rumors of high and drunk kids.

LakerVille

Wonder 43 years for you! Congrats on not running from the police, obviously you are the life of all the parties you were at!

IamGod

As I am the all seeing and all knowing, the truth behind it, is that this whole thing is not all the "host's" fault. It escalated from a simple gathering of a few people to a blowout party due to multiple other individuals.. markus you are in no position to judge anyone involved or press your ridiculous opion on the public when you clearly don't know the full story and were apparently misinformed.

ateenagersview

To markus. For One yes my parents know I was there so does my coach and my athletic director. They are disappointed that I put myself in that situation but proud of me to make the decision to stay sober. Second off yes if it was me I would not want a bunch of drunk teenagers in my house correct. But yes I didn't know it was his house. just because hes been my classmate for years doesn't mean I know where he lives. Did you know the address of everyone in your high school class? Ya didn't think so. Third if you can't host a party at a house that wasn't yours then why was he charged with "hosting a mip party"? so your argument is invalid there. Fourth I didn't wait for them to enter I went out to talk to the police when they got there because I had nothing to hide. Fifth I will take the time to reach out to the home owners and was planning it before so pompous old man told me to. Lastly you are truly pathetic and should get a life. commenting on a local newspapers website about something you aren't qualified to talk about is sad and a waste of your time.

To orangeman, you are partially correct they did have tazers out but didn't pull them on the kids that ran. the kids that ran got away because all the officers there entered the house and left the outside unsecured. Everyone who ran out the back window got away. They pulled the tazers on the kids in the basement who stayed when they went down there

crazyoldman

Relax. Nothing you say here is going to please everyone. Hopefully you learned from this experience. That and an apology to the homeowners and whatever else they want (clean up?) to resolve this. That's between you and them. Make the best decisions you can. Deal with the consequences when you make mistakes. And move on.

ateenagersview

To markus. For One yes my parents know I was there so does my coach and my athletic director. They are disappointed that I put myself in that situation but proud of me to make the decision to stay sober. Second off yes if it was me I would not want a bunch of drunk teenagers in my house correct. But yes I didn't know it was his house. just because hes been my classmate for years doesn't mean I know where he lives. Did you know the address of everyone in your high school class? Ya didn't think so. Third if you can't host a party at a house that wasn't yours then why was he charged with "hosting a mip party"? so your argument is invalid there. Fourth I didn't wait for them to enter I went out to talk to the police when they got there because I had nothing to hide. Fifth I will take the time to reach out to the home owners and was planning it before so pompous old man told me to. Lastly you are truly pathetic and should get a life. commenting on a local newspapers website about something you aren't qualified to talk about is sad and a waste of your time.

To orangeman, you are partially correct they did have tazers out but didn't pull them on the kids that ran. the kids that ran got away because all the officers there entered the house and left the outside unsecured. Everyone who ran out the back window got away. They pulled the tazers on the kids in the basement who stayed when they went down there

Really

Kids running from a "crime scene". Running from police....Do we not see what can happen when you run from police on the streets of LA or on COPS? Usually not a good thing! Adult decisions will usually result in Adult consequences. Tazers were not fired, not even sure if they were pulled? But again, blame the police, hormones, kids being kids. Until it happens in your house, then you can say they are just silly kids. Still have not seen an address of any adult that wants this to happen at their house Friday night?

IamGod

Amen.

Markus

Iamgod you dont know me. Put up or shut up. Open YOUR house, pets and belongings to strangers for days. Or shut up. Let me know YOUR address so I can send people there while you are gone. I await your reply.

IamGod

My house is always open to my children

orangeman

Obviously Markus must have been at the party if he has all of this knowledge about people running with out shoes.
I thought this was a place to make our comments, not a debate session for him to judge everyones opinion!

Since you where there, are you sure "everyone" was drunk and doing drugs? Ever think that this was just a social outing for kids to go hang out, a place to go that went wrong??

I suggest you go find something else besides controlling this posting that is meaningful, try heling some kids out that needs some direction in life!

IamGod

BURN BABY BURN! ..

Really

IamGod answers with enigmas and has nothing serious to say and is obviously someone in the know of the situation. Obviously wont say who he is except a God wannabe.
Sad thing is a few bad apples ruin it for everyone ..Ateenagersview. I will think twice about having any teenager into my house over the summer to care for our pets. You sound like you were in the wrong place...I do hope you own up to the homeowners next week and be more careful about your surroundings.

Markus

Ateenagerview, i know more than you think i do. I hope you back up your pledge to visit the homeowners. But still, so far all you have are excuses. People being disappointed in you is not enough to make up for this. Doesnt do anything for the owners or their kids. Maybe you will learn and grow up from this, maybe you wont, but spare the BS.
I may be old, but i am not so pathetic as to excuse the crap kids like this did. Pathetic people usually have low expectations of others.

LakerVille

What are your sources? Who do you know? Why do you care? What are you getting out of this? What is your address? Why don't you put up or shut up?

IamGod

Im treating this like its comical because it is. The fact that this got put in the papers is a joke.

ateenagersview

Markus... no retort? ya thats what i like to call a verbal head shot. shuts you up and stops you dead in you tracks

ateenagersview

well theres the retort. markus you may no more then what i give you credit for but you still don't know jack. I try and comment on here to express that i am sorry and correct some things in the article and comments because after all I was there and know what happened and you have to jump all over me. that wasn't your place to do. spare the BS? spare me your judgmental bs and save it for someone who cares.

ateenagersview

and no i don't have excuses i have facts. there is a big difference

Markus

I wasn't at the party. Didn't ask drunk or high kids their side either. Tend to trust cops more. This might make me a bad parent in Spring Lake.
Probably not everyone there was drunk or high. Most probably walked my photos of a family that didn't quite match up with the host. Walked by people smoking weed, drinking, too. Most probably parked blocks away for a totally legit party.
Most took your advice and ran like hell.
You should be a guidance counselor or something. Wise words, orangeman.

Markus

I wasn't at the party. Didn't ask drunk or high kids their side either. Tend to trust cops more. This might make me a bad parent in Spring Lake.
Probably not everyone there was drunk or high. Most probably walked my photos of a family that didn't quite match up with the host. Walked by people smoking weed, drinking, too. Most probably parked blocks away for a totally legit party.
Most took your advice and ran like hell.
You should be a guidance counselor or something. Wise words, orangeman.

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