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

Really

Ateenagersview...I am seeing less of a side of condolences and more what is really underlying in you.... teenage angst? You sounded halfway mature in your first post, but now sound more like a vindictive teen who thinks that they are a victim of Marcus. That's the whole problem...I am really sorry but blah blah blah. Just be sorry and have no excuses.

ateenagersview

I'm trying to be mature about this. But I don't just lie down when people attack me about things they don't have a right to.

LakerAlumni

Markus- First, Obviously you're someone who has very little going on in life. You've spent the last few hours just arguing with a bunch of teenagers. I understand that you may be knowledgable about the details of the situation but I'd really suggest you consider not stooping to the maturity level of a teenager. Second, I find it really hard to believe that you didn't make mistakes as a teenager (perhaps you just didn't get caught by the cops). A huge part of growing up is learning from your mistakes. I really feel for the family who had their home destroyed, but leaving a teenager for an extended amount of time without the neighbors also "keeping an eye on the house" maybe wasn't the best choice.

Markus

You have words, a teenagersview. Actions are louder. Instead of giving me crap, for an informed opinion, make things right. I would think you have names to offer the police. Apologies to make. A " host" to write off.
Until then, just disappointment and words.

Really

Maybe Markus is a neighbor that is now letting the pets out and cleaning up after your party. Perhaps he is a teens parent who is upset with his teen being there. Perhaps a person of authority? If he is any of the three, it is only my opinion but I think he is closer than not to the true story. I am a neighbor who lives a few houses down around the block and this was going on for 3 nights. Kids did park by my house and not use the driveway to avoid detection. Certainly all knew this was wrong to be doing on a school night and for 3 consecutive days. Like you said...bad judgement. Live and learn and grow and don't repeat mistakes. But do own up to them like you plan to.

Markus

Warm. Thanks. I would feel better if the people responsible tookm responsibility. Hope they do. I think the homeowners would feel that way too. There is a psychology to having this sort of thing happen. It is a violation.

ateenagersview

I've said what I've needed to say I'm done.I tried to offer and apology and facts and this is what i get. As for your "informed" opinion its a opinion...and you know what they say about opinions.

Markus

Lakeralumni. Not everyone had trouble as a teenager like this. Kids should own up for what they did wrong. That is how one becomes an adult.
You spent time arguing on their behalf. Good for you. Then you blame the homeowners. Even better! Maybe a Lake degree isn't worth all that much.
17 year olds should be able to take care of a house for a few days. He is almost old enough to go to war for petes sake. 17 year olds in places that aren't Spring Lake handle more responsibilities (dont throw drugs and alcohol parties in a place that isnt yours) all the time. Get a National Geographic and read it.
All i am saying is the kids should show up and make amends, minus the pizza party that was recommended. Otherwise Spring Lake isn't really all that great a place to live.

LakerVille

Spring Lake is a terrible place, duh! I mean this party is only the tip of the ice berg. I mean you don't even want to know what goes on inside of Stan's. Maybe we should just close Spring Lake down, I don't think it can be saved at this point. Everyone pack up and move to Fruitport or Grand Haven. Those communities don't have these children throwing house parties with alcohol and sex!

TryToUnderstand

Markus- however close you feel you are to the situation you are not correct in all cases. I was there and I contacted the homeowners already and held a phone conversation with them. People are stepping up and taking on responsibility. What this article left out was the fact that of the 22 kids who stayed at the house when the cops showed up only 3 were under the influence of alcohol. There were no drugs used by any of these kids. For those who ran, most were sober as well and just looking to avoid legal trouble. I understand the immaturity in not owning up to your actions and staying there, but hey, thats why i was one of the SOBER kids who stayed put. Giving out names at this point in time is not necessary. By staying where we were and not running we owned up to being in the wrong. We cooperated with the cops even when they walked down the stairs stating "come out and put your hands up or you will be tazed." yes my parents were aware of my where abouts and they are proud i was not drinking. The home owners pets were not messed with. They stayed upstairs and the party was downstairs except for when you first entered the house. No one messed with anyones bedrooms and i am displeased that someone would make all these assumptions about spring lake students. We are kids- you're an adult. The court is dealing with this now and your comments aren't going to make a difference on how we handle things because honestly, your coming across as a stuck up ass hole and that's not the type of person anyone wants to converse with.

For those of you who said you knew this was going on for three nights, why didn't you put a stop to it by coming over to the house and chatting with the kids who were there rather than letting it continue on for several nights? This isn't supposed to be an accusatory question, but I'm honestly just curious.

We are dealing with the punishments of our actions, so i would appreciate you knocking off this condescending act markus. thats not the way you get through to kids... end of story.

crazyoldman

Well said.

Markus

I wonder what you consider " owning up to it?"
I am not, particularly, in the mood to converse with you either. And you are wrong on at least a couple of counts as well.
I am not trying to get through to you, just through your excuses. These people had their home violated. Want to speak to that? Better to ask non accusatory questions of the neighbors though, isnt it?
Tell me, how did you make amends with the owners? Really, i want to know. Who says giving out names isnt necessary? Would you like to know who was in YOUR house? Might that provide some closure?
You are a kid playing at adult games. Spare me the excuses. Feel free to reply back when you have done something on the homeowners behalf. Let me know what it was.

Walking Alive

Marcus STFU already. Do you realize how STUPID you appear to everyone reading your tripe? We all understand you were the perfect teenager, time to get over yourself! You have officially shown how immature you really are by arguing with a teen. LOL

Markus

Don't care. Go read something else.

Walking Alive

Sorry, it's like a train wreck, I can't look away...

Markus

Something tells me this wont be the only trainwreck you are a part of.

LakerVille

Markus- What is your real name, tough guy?

TryToUnderstand

I went to the house the other day and made a phone call to them. If that's not trying to make amends then I'm not sure what is... I am 100% correct on that considering I was there and you weren't. You are probably the neighbor who called on the party so I do not care to hear what you have to say. You could have easily walked over or called over and talked with us. Instead the cops were called and someone stated that they thought there was a break in when it has already been stated that people were aware it was a party. Are you kidding? How shady and bored are you? If you wanted names of absolutely everyone who was in that house you should have walked over and gotten names. And if you are arguing that there were more kids under the influence then maybe you should check the numbers everyone blew on our pbt's. enough is enough markus... If the home owners wanted to sit down with all of us that dealt with the cops they most certainly could, but without them suggesting it, the chances of them talking to us are slim to none. Let them deal with this and mind your own damn business... Ha you realize you're arguing with a 17 year old right? Pathetic...

Dechlan

EXACTLY!

Markus

Maybe the problem is too many people think 17 year olds are dumb. That means they cant tell right from wrong. No point in trying to teach them or even make a point. They dont even know how to apologize w/o throwing a but into the conversation. Pathetic to argue with a 17 year old? Perhaps. I think it is wrong to throw up your hands and simply excuse bs, which many of these posts are full of.

LakerVille

Neat.

TryToUnderstand

Perhaps you're the kid that never got invited to parties in high school and you took out your pent up frustration on us... I'm sorry you have bitter feelings. Maybe it's time to learn to deal with those emotions and move forward. That's part up growing up too, right? ;)

Markus

Not a nieghbor. Promise.
You were in a place you had no right to be in, with peoople breaking the law. SOBER?
Well, that makes all the difference.
Lets blame the neighbors.
Say, how did you make it up to the homeowners again?
You should get to sleep, 17 year old.....

LakerVille

So who are you and why do you care? Please give us the details on why this is so important to you. Will you be at their trials and protesting for capital punishments for these terrible 17 year olds. Obviously they should be expelled and sent to jail. We can't have this behavior in the Tri-Cities. Why isn't the national news covering this? STOP THE PARTIES

TryToUnderstand

I did what I could and they have not reached back out to me yet... This is a two way street. If they want to chat and have me help clean then they will reach back out to me. If not, it's on them.

Dechlan

What we did back in 1976 pales in comparison to what these kids managed to screw up. Most kids hear the words "there's a party at Johnny Doe's house, let's go check it out." And, in the age of twitter a house party can happen in a matter of seconds. This party lends new meaning to the term "flash mob." Today's kids are no different than "us" adults. They screw up and it's our job to be there to enforce conditions and consequences. I'm just happy as a clam that my kid isn't nearly as wild as we were back in the day.

Markus

What did the owners tell you during what you called a " phone conversation", trytounderstand?

LakerVille

Looks like he said he called and they haven't called him back.

theconspirator

The smart kids brought a police scanner to their parties and stayed a step ahead of the game...hint...hint ;)

Markus

Smart kids didn't go to a house they shouldn't have been in.

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