9 Genevans Among Group Caught at Batavia Underage Drinking Party

A party on Batavia's east side gets a little out of hand over the weekend. Twenty partygoers are cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol.

Nine Geneva residents were among a group of 20 partygoers cited for underage and a 19-year-old Batavia man is headed to court after police broke up an underage drinking party on the Batavia's east side on Saturday.

Andrew P. Pederson, 19, of the 800 block of Pottawatomie Trail, received a notice to appear in court for a city ordinance violation of an unlawful residential gathering at his address, according to a police report. Officers responded to the home at 12:25 a.m. Saturday.

The officers noted several people leaving the home from doors and window wells. They were able to detain a few, the report said.

A total of 20 partygoers under the age of 21 were issued city ordinance tickets for unlawful consumption of alcohol. Half of the group was under the age of 18—eight of these teens were from Geneva, and then one each from Sugar Grove and Aurora.

The other 10 people issued tickets were between the ages of 18 and 20. From this adult group, seven were Batavia and the other three were from Geneva, Elburn and Aurora.

Here is the list of people issued tickets for unlawful consumption of alcohol:


  • Zachary R. Beauchamp, 18, of the 200 block of South Jackson Street
  • Jason W. Eccleston, 19, of the 0-99 block of North Van Nortwick Avenue
  • Quinn M. Gabney, 19, of the 42W9200 block of Hughes Road
  • Alex B. Guralnick, 18, of the 300 block of Davis Road
  • Julian Green, 19, of the 0-99 block of Woodland Hills Road
  • Cody N. Jankowski, 18, of the 400 block of Stewart Street
  • Brendan P. Williamson, 19, of the 400 block of Appleton Drive


  • Keith W. Jarvis, 18, of the 200 block of Euclid Avenue
  • Eight unnamed juveniles


  • Cory Rodman, 19, of the 47W300 block of Stillmeadows Lane


  • Kaylee Heckle, 20, of the 1000 block of North Farnsworth Avenue
  • One unnamed juvenile

Sugar Grove

  • One unnamed juvenile

Each of the tickets issued carry a $50 fine.

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Several people were age 21 and over at the party, police said. These adults were released from the scene after passing a portable breath test.

Pederson's parents were out of town at the time of the party, according to a police report. Pederson was also issued a notice to appear in court for the city ordinance violation of unlawful consumption of an alcohol liquor.

Pederson's court date is scheduled for Aug. 21.

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Beth Bales July 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
At one point, people only needed to be 17 to be named in police charges. Has that changed?
Sandy Kaczmarski July 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Regardless of the law, many publications will only publicize age 18 and older. Many 17-year olds are still in high school. And as far as I'm concerned, they are still kids who did stupid things. Hopefully they will get a chance to learn something from these mistakes. I think it is a terrible mistake to treat kids like adults. They just don't have the maturity yet.
Bob McQuillan July 16, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Just have their rich Daddy sue claiming an illegal search and they will get off. How dare the police try to stop these young innocent children who are climbing out of windows. They don't know right from wrong because they know Mommy and Daddy will defend them to the end!
Tom Jergensen July 16, 2012 at 08:46 PM
We all know the underlying meaning to your post about illegal search and procedure. You are a tool who jumps to conclusions and believes everything you read in the paper. I wish you would fade away and move out of Geneva. You cost the tax payers more through your stupid web site Tax Facts can save the tax payers... Please go away.... get lost .....move out of Geneva..... Get a hobby.....Get a girl friend..... do something other an pass judgment on people you do not know. Obviously it was an illegal search and procedure otherwise the court would not have thrown the case out and dismissed the Geneva police departments evidence.
Bob McQuillan July 17, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Thanks for your kind comments about a group of people that have spent hundreds of hours of their own time trying to inform the residents of Geneva that the spending habits of the school district are unsustainable. Instead you support a situation where teenagers were obviously drinking underage. Three were arrested. Next time, if an innocent teen is hurt or killed by behavior like what happened after Homecoming are you going to be so supportive? I have raised three kids, and while I was not at the party, I've seen and heard about the same thing happening hundreds of times. Just because the search was Illegal, it doesn't mean that underage drinking was happening. If parents continue to turn their heads or support this type of behavior the end result will be an avoidable tragedy. My point was that both parents & kids need to be responsible for their actions.
Lou B. July 17, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Sad that the Patch thinks they have to embarrass these kids and publish their names.
Lou B. July 17, 2012 at 09:47 AM
Tom Jergensen, a good friend of mine had a party like this in Naperville. His friends busted up his parents house, broke the TV, etc and the cops were called. Jack was a nice guy, great athlete, and went on to Arizona state where he died in a car accident in his junior year - cause ruled to be alcohol related. These sort of drunken binges are serious matters. As to Mr. McQuillan, he's a lot classier than you apparently, as it seems that you have a self restraint problem and enjoy calling people names and making personal attacks in public. Fortunately, there is counseling available for those who feel better about themselves by succumbing to attacking the messenger and ignoring the message.
Deb July 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Mr McQuillian classy? That's a good one. All he does is attack people in public via the patch. I think most of Geneva would agree with Tom J.
Jason July 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Sausage fest.
Mom of teenagers July 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Deb, you're right, "most of Geneva would agree with Tom J" which is exactly the problem! I just wonder how many of these same people would agree with him while they're standing in an overcrowded funeral parlor for one of these underage kids.
Jack July 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
It would truly be sad if potential embarrassment did not serve as a deterrent to future unwise and illegal behavior.
Deb July 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
You people are missing the point. Nobody is supporting underage drinking. But as Pat so appropriately put it , kids will be kids & make mistakes. As parents, we need to continually monitor & talk with our kids about the dangers of drinking, drinking & driving etc.
Jack July 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
"Most of Geneva" is silent WRT to items of significance, on Patch and everywhere else. We can only speak for ourselves. Bob McQuillan sets a pretty high standard for informed activism, and restraint here on Patch. More should follow his example.
Rosie July 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The point is not if Bob is classy or not, the point is underage drinking in our community and the lack of accountability!! I am so tired of hearing about underage drinking and the old saying..kids will be kids!! Parents in our community need to stop turning a blind eye and realize your child is not perfect!! Talk to them and Parent them. Know where they are at all times, check up on them and if you do not like their friends say so!! Helicopter them..It is life or death!!
Bob McQuillan July 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Thanks to those who get it. To those that don't, I hope you never get that 2:00 am phone from the local police.
Lou B. July 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I'll give you that argument Jack. I can see some positive behavior mod coming from the public embarrassment.
Lou B. July 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Deb, please point out some articles where Mr. McQuillan 'attack(s) people' as opposed to their policy, and I'll buy you a Starbucks.
Lou B. July 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
One of the things I noticed when I moved to Geneva, probably same in most towns, was that "athletes" were regularly engaging in drinking binges. I'm not able to compare that to other social groups, such as "band members" or "chess club" but it's sad that "athletes" and many other kids come out of H.S. with an alcoholic habit. I wonder if much has changed over the last 100 years in that regard.
Dwight Swartwood July 18, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Let's get real. The fact that the police broke up this party prior to anyone getting hurt or killed is very fortunate. The names of young adults under 18 should not be published. However, these young adults (they are not kids) should be punished as appropriate by their parents and the law. The over 18 young adults involved should be named and punished as well. The over 21 adults should be named and punished to the allowable maximum. The name calling and rage (real and otherwise) is of no value.
Alpha July 18, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Well Spoken, Dwight ! How's John & Linda ??
Elaine Lane July 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Bob, you're a wise, thoughtful man with some experience in life under your belt. I love your comments. Keep 'em coming!
James Parnell July 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Don't know if this will get you an iced latte Deb but it is worth a shot. This was posted on a February 27th Jeff Ward article called "The City Council Strikes Another Blow against the Municipal Mindset". Also the fact that Bob directed at Jeff Ward might be disqualifying since everyone either has or has thought about attacking Jeff on the Patch. Bob McQuillan 9:31 pm on Monday, February 27, 2012 If you aren't claiming that your column was the reason four aldermen called this meeting, then why mention it at all? Every Genevan knows that you already have your hands full working behind the scenes to solve the School District's $325 million dollar debt repayment problem For you to solve the retail business crisis would be all of Geneva just asking for too much. Glad to see you are willing to give all the credit to the four aldermen. Oh wait, you aren't willing to do that are you Mr. Oz. I guess you'll want to sit in on the meeting so you can provide all the solutions.


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