Police: Teen athletes drinking at beach party
LONG BEACH — Eleven teenagers – including several current or former Marquette Catholic High School student athletes – were arrested at an underage drinking party last week on a Lake Michigan beach.
Long Beach Police Officer Jason Yagelski responded to a call from a homeowner that a group of people were being loud at a bonfire in front of his beachfront residence near Stop 23 shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 9.
In his report, Yagelski noted he could hear the teens from the roadside along Lake Shore Drive.
After identifying himself as a police officer, Yagelski reported that one male dropped a Miller Lite bottle and began running westbound along the beach, despite being ordered to stop numerous times.
He said 10 more teens were sitting in the sand around the fire, and he saw several more Miller Lite bottles, as well as wine and liquor bottles in the sand around them.
Yagelski had them extinguish the fire, clean up the trash, and get their belongings before gathering their personal information.
All 10 teens admitted to having possessed and consumed alcohol, he said, despite being underage.
Three of the arrestees cooperated with Yagelski, and each was issued a summons to appear in La Porte Superior Court 4 the following morning on a misdemeanor charge of underage drinking:
• Emma R. Nolan, 18, of Valparaiso;
• Amani S. Corral, 18, of Hobart; and
• Chandler Goodwin, 18, of Michigan City.
Michigan City Police were called in to take the remainder of the teens to the La Porte County Juvenile Services Center.
Because they were under 18, their names will not be disclosed, but the juvenile arrestees included:
• A 17-year-old Valparaiso girl,
• A 17-year-old Porter boy,
• Two 17-year-old Michigan City boys,
• A 16-year-old La Porte boy,
• A 17-year-old La Porte boy, and
• A 17-year-old boy from Grand Beach, Michigan.
The subject who ran away was identified as 18-year-old William E. Cannon of Long Beach, Yagelski said.
Officers went to his parents’ home nearby, where he admitted running from police on the beach, saying he “panicked because he was drinking,” the report said. He was taken into custody by Yagelski and a Trail Creek Police officer.
Cannon was charged with underage drinking and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement, according to the report. He was taken to the La Porte County Jail.
He entered a pretrial diversion agreement Thursday in La Porte Superior Court 4, where he will return Feb. 25 for a hearing on a motion to dismiss.
Cannon is a 2018 graduate of Marquette, where he played baseball and soccer. He was the News-Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year in 2017.
Corral and Nolan are scheduled for separate pretrial conferences in the same court on Sept. 20. Both played for the Lady Blazers state championship basketball team last year, and Nolan was named the N-D Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Corral graduated in June and Nolan will begin her senior year next week.
Goodwin, another 2018 Marquette graduate and former basketball player, has a dispositional hearing on Oct. 15.
Katie Collignon, athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at Marquette, deferred all questions to school president and CEO James White.
However, an automated response from White’s e-mail address said he was on business in Beijing, China, and unavailable for comment.
Although alcohol is not explicitly mentioned in the list of infractions included in Marquette’s student handbook, using or possessing drugs or tobacco is listed as a Level 3 infraction, punishable by suspension at the discretion of administrators.
Long Beach Police Chief Bob Sulkowski said, “If you remember, a few years ago we had an underage drinking party on the beach, a fight ensued and a subject was killed as a result of the fight. So we take underage drinking on the beach very seriously.”