PORTSMOUTH — A city teen was sentenced Tuesday for his role at an underage drinking party, while three other alleged party-goers await trials.

Adam Studer, 19, of 26 Coakley Road, appeared with an attorney in Portsmouth District Court Nov. 7 on a charge alleging unlawful possession of alcohol. Police alleged he was one of dozens of teens at a July 4 house party where one youth was passed out on a lawn and others climbed onto a roof.

Through a plea agreement with the prosecution, Studer’s charge will be placed on file without a finding for one year, providing he remains of good behavior and provides the court with proof that he completed an alcohol awareness program. Studer had no prior alcohol offenses and was cooperative, said prosecutor Rena DiLando.

Three other local teens are facing their second round of high-profile underage drinking charges and scheduled for 2011 trials. All were sentenced for unlawful possession of alcohol related to a 2009 crash at Putnam’s Ski and Snowboard shop, then charged again following the July 4 house party.

Scheduled for a Jan. 11 trial, Walter “Homey” Dunfey, 17, of 146 Clark Road, Rye, is alleged to have been intoxicated at the party at 78 Lawrence Street. That charge came four months after Dunfey pleaded guilty to a violation-level charge of unlawful possession of alcohol for being intoxicated during the Putnam’s crash.

Codefendant Corey Langmaid, 18, of 12 Sanderson Road, Greenland, is also scheduled for a Jan. 11 trial for a charge alleging unlawful possession of alcohol at the July 4 party. He was represented by attorney Francis Quinn for the Putnam’s crash charge and negotiated a plea deal that placed the charge on file without a finding for one year.

A third codefendant, Matthew Berube, 18, of 41 Liberty Common Road, Rye, is also expected to contest the house party charge during a Jan. 11 trial. In June he pleaded guilty to a violation-level count of unlawful possession of alcohol related to the Putnam’s crash and was fined $744.

December 07, 2010 4:40 PM

CONCORD (AP) – New Hampshire’s top law enforcement officers are holding a summit Tuesday to map out a strategy to fight a rise in prescription drug abuse.

Attorney General Michael Delaney and Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes said they hope the summit draws attention to the problem. They said law enforcement needs help from the medical and treatment communities in dealing with it.

New Hampshire is the only state in New England that doesn’t monitor prescriptions to help doctors catch people seeking more drugs than they should have for their professed ailments.

The summit will explore sentencing changes as well as successful methods used by other states to stop people from “doctor shopping” to get prescriptions for pills popular on the street.

Mar 032010

Who’s watching the kids?

Help line aims to curb teen drinking

Published Keene Sentinel:

Monday, March 1, 2010 1:14 PM EST

A new partnership between a statewide help line and New Hampshire’s Liquor Commission is aiming to quell underage drinking in the state.

The commission’s Division of Enforcement has teamed up with 2-1-1, a telephone help service that connects people to information about community health and human service agencies.

Under the new partnership, residents will also be able to dial 2-1-1 and anonymously report parties where underage drinking may occur.

Any information will then be forwarded to the local law enforcement agency, so officers can investigate the claims.

The partnership isn’t active yet — it will be officially rolled out in the coming weeks — but the initial response from local police departments has been positive, said Kelly Steiner, project director for Monadnock Voices for Prevention.

The organization, which covers 32 towns in southwestern New Hampshire, aims to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in the region through collaborative prevention strategies.

Voices for Prevention, along with its nine counterparts in other regions of New Hampshire, is helping to publicize the partnership.

New Hampshire had a previous anonymous tip line for parties involving underage drinking, but people would occasionally call and not be able to reach a person, Steiner said.

Teaming with 2-1-1 solves that problem, since the line is staffed all hours of the day, she said.

The help line was founded in 2008 and is led by the United Ways of New Hampshire.

“I think it’s a great tool for law enforcement to prevent possible tragic situations,” Fitzwilliam Police Chief Wayne H. Kassotis said of the partnership.

Once it becomes widely known, dialing 2-1-1 to report underage drinking parties could become as familiar to people as calling 9-1-1, he said. And ensuring the tip line is anonymous will make it more successful, he said.

Winchester Police Chief Gary A. Phillips agreed.

“A lot of times people are apprehensive about calling because of repercussions,” he said. Calling 2-1-1 allows people to “feel very confident that they are indeed going to be anonymous.”

The 2-1-1 expansion also ties in with the work Voices for Prevention, and a host of other regional groups, are already doing to try to diminish underage alcohol consumption, Steiner said.

Both the Monadnock Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition and the Hinsdale Prevention Coalition recently received federal grants, designed to help mobilize different community sectors to prevent drug abuse.

The Monadnock coalition will use the grant, in part, to form a youth council to help identify and promote establishments successfully preventing minors from buying alcohol and tobacco.

Monadnock Voices for Prevention is also promoting a parent consent form, available to parents leaving their home — and children — unsupervised for a length of time.

Once parents and local police officials sign the form, police are allowed to search the home while parents are away, if police believe underage drinking might be happening there.

The children are also given a copy of the form, which makes them less prone to organize a party, Steiner said.

“It’s great because it’s a partnership between the parents and the police,” said Phillips.

“The kids know that we’re around if they need us … and it give the parents a little more security.”

The new 2-1-1 partnership — along with Monadnock Voices for Prevention’s other efforts — are all designed to prevent underage drinking from occurring in the first place, Steiner said.

“The goal is to deter it more so than catch it,” Phillips said.

“We want to prevent the things that happen as a consequence of (underage drinking), more so than just grabbing some kid and saying ‘Gotcha.’ ”

Jessica Arriens can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1433, or jarriens@keenesentinel.com

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