Teens cited for East Valley drinking party

Eight teenagers were cited Friday for drinking alcohol after paramedics were summoned to a residence in the 2800 block of East Valley Road following a 911 call that a girl was unconscious and having difficulty breathing.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tom Mezzetta said the party was at the home of a 16-year-old boy whose parents were in California attending a funeral.

The girl was treated at urgent care.

Deputies searched the house and found a 16-year-old boy unconscious in a bathroom sitting in vomit.

Four 16-year-old males, two 16-year-old females, a 15-year-old girl and a 18-year-old male were cited for minor consuming and possessing alcohol.

The juveniles were released to their parents and face mandatory court appearances.

"There are so many problems that go hand-in-hand with juvenile drinking," Mezzetta said.

"At this party, paramedics attended to one juvenile and transported a second to emergency," he said.

"Parents are cautioned to monitor their child's behavior, talk about the risk of drinking, set strict rules, and abide by them."

n Bail was set at $10,000 cash for a Gardnerville man accused of plowing into a parked car when he was drunk and leaving the scene of the accident.

Eric Paul Steenwyk, 36, is to appear in East Fork Justice Court today.

He is charged with driving under the influence with a prior felony conviction, driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater and hit and run.

A search of his record indicated he was on probation for vehicular manslaughter from Oct. 24, 2004.

According to deputies, the owner of the parked vehicle called the sheriff's office at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 7 to report the hit and run.

Deputies tracked a fuel leak from the home of the victim to Steenwyk's residence where they found a damaged car. In addition, Steenwyk had a bruise on his head.

He admitted being in the accident, but denied drinking.

His blood-alcohol content tested at .185, more than twice the legal limit of .08 for driving in Nevada.

n The father of a soldier in Army basic training told deputies he would use his son's MySpace.com page in an effort to recover $1,710 in stolen video games and PlayStation system.

The father told deputies that he believes someone entered his home in the 1600 block of Terry Ann in Gardnerville and took his son's games.

He said the boy's mother briefly left the residence at 12:30 p.m. and when she returned the items were missing.

On Oct. 5, the man said he used his son's page on the popular Web site asking for missing items to be returned.

n Residents of Adaline Way in the Gardnerville Ranchos reported Monday that two boys on bicycles were hurling paintballs at homes and garages on the street.

A woman said she heard something hit her garage door about 4 p.m. and went outside to see orange and green paint splotches on the door.

The boys were seen heading west on Adaline aiming the paintballs at every residence and parked vehicles.

Deputies said residents who were at home washed the paint off without permanent damage.


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