Teens cited after allegedly drinking in Mayfair woods on Thanksgiving

Posted: December 02, 2013

SIX UNRULY TEENS were charged with disorderly conduct on Thanksgiving for allegedly throwing beer bottles at police as officers tried to disperse a large crowd in Mayfair.

Cops responded to a wooded area near Ryan and Sandyford avenues about 10:30 a.m. and found roughly 300 juveniles drinking and hanging out, police said. Six teens, ages 15 and 16, were cited for disorderly conduct, a summary offense. Their names were not released due to their ages.

"Basically, they were drinking in the woods and fighting," said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. "Police went to disperse the crowd and then they started throwing bottles at the police."

None of the juveniles was cited for underage drinking, Russell said.

Neighbors said the gathering is an annual tradition for the Turkey Bowl football game between Father Judge and Lincoln High, which is played in the morning. Dozens of beer cans and glass bottles could be seen in Pennypack Park near Austin Meehan Middle School yesterday.

"Kids shouldn't be drinking down in the woods. Most of them are underage," said an older resident named Jerry, who declined to give his last name. "Long as they're quiet, people don't usually complain. If they're making noise and throwing bottles and peeing on people's lawns, then people complain about it."

He added, "If the police don't keep after them it'd just get worse."

Resident Erica McAroy, who lives on Sandyford Avenue, said she noticed neighbors picking up beer bottles from their lawns Thursday. She said police need to address the issue.

"I think it's necessary. We had an incident last September where we had a dead body found behind my house, so the neighborhood's changing," she said.

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