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14 Cranston Teens Arrested during NH Ski Trip

The Cranston teenagers were caught having an underage drinking party at the Royalty Inn in Berlin, N.H.

Police in Berlin, N.H., rounded up 14 Cranston teenagers after they stumbled upon an underage drinking party at the Royalty Inn last weekend while responding to an unrelated domestic disturbance at the motel.

According to the Berlin Daily Sun, Berlin police were dispatched to the motel after a report of a disturbance between a male and a female. When that matter was resolved, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana. 

Police soon tracked the odor down to a group of teens at the hotel who were drinking and smoking marijuana. They were reportedly on a ski trip.

All 14 were arrested and released to the custody of an adult. They are due to appear in court on Feb. 19.

Among the 14 arrested were several 18-year-old adults: Joseph Cunetta, Brandon Bichejian, Dan Plaziak, and Jonathan Day.

Berlin Police released the names of all 14, including minors, as reported in the Berlin Daily Sun.

Note: police still consider a summons and release at the scene as an arrest.

A previous version of this story named the 17-year-olds who were arrested and released to their parents. They have been removed from this article upon request, but the names are still publicly available from Berlin Police and media outlets in New Hampshire.

liz g January 17, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Who rented the room? And teens are not saints!they will do this. Once apon a time long ago my friends n i did way more then that.p.s. dont make it like it was R.I teens only.Im sure N.H terns do the same n may even been there. Also y does it have to be West students? Y not east? Just saying.
cranstonguy20 January 17, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Ha, the ski trip has been going on for years and it's always the same thing, though they've always gotten away with it. It was bound to get busted sooner or later. But seriously, it's teenagers being teenagers. They're going to experiment the same way most of their parents did when they were their age. We need to focus on teaching these teens the importance of moderation and good judgement rather than unrealistically expecting that they're never going to drink or smoke weed or anything like that. The more you tell them they can't, the more awesome they're going to feel going against mommy and daddy's orders. The parents who say "Oh, well MY little angel would NEVER touch that stuff!" are most often the parents of the teens who are out getting wasted behind their backs. Now all these kids probably have to carry a record (which they do deserve, actions have consequences as many of them don't learn early enough) but I think labeling them as "druggies" and "thugs" is a little extreme, don't you think?
Not A Concerned Parent January 17, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Yeah I know all these kids and none of them are close to "losers" or "druggies". All good kids that will most likely become more successful than you "Lady".
dontgetlost January 17, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Oh man huge bust give these cops a raise... the punishment should be a fine. nothing more nothing less. and everyone in cranston is gona light one up on april 14th when its decriminalized, so that was a great ignorant statement.
Joyce Maxwell January 17, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Breaking the law isn't the way to have "fun", and "Kid", no, most of us DIDN'T do the same thing. We were too busy doing chores, helping the neighbors, HOMEWORK, etc. They were also drinking, so how were they getting home? Even if they were staying there, kids have been known to get hurt stumbling to their rooms. If they're so cavalier about breaking the law now, I hope to Heaven they're NOT the leaders of tomorrow!
nicole fine January 17, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I never called these children any names or stereotyped them at all. My concern was for their parents who got a phone call from police in New Hampshire that their children were involved with drugs and alcohol. If this was a school trip where was the chaperone? What school is it? Where did they get the drugs and alcohol? The bottom line to this whole thing, as of now, marijuana is still illegal, and underage drinking is against the law as well. The students broke the law and need to face the consequences.
AP January 17, 2013 at 07:25 PM
"Lady", teenagers make mistakes! Sending high school kids on a ski trip may not be the best thing but come on, you can't keep everyone under a lock and key all the time. Teenagers live and learn by their mistakes... does not make them "druggies or thugs"!
Jeff Gale January 17, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Cranston High School West did not sponsor this trip and is in no way connected to the trip. This was a private trip. Jeff Gale Cranston School Committee Member, Ward 1
THE BROTHERS January 17, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Shout out to my brothers! FOR THE BOYS!!!
skitripprobs January 17, 2013 at 08:21 PM
FOR THE BOYS! SKI TRIP 2013 you adults need to chill last time i checked the 60s and 70s were the biggest pot smoking decades ever. oops
nicole fine January 17, 2013 at 09:02 PM
As it turns out, these students were from Cranston West! One of them was the streaker at the Thanksgiving Day game. Oh, Tom Barbieri, what are you going to do????? Granted, this didn't happen during school or on school property, BUT they were on a school sanctioned trip.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 09:22 PM
School officials are saying it was not a sanctioned trip. Jeff Gale, School Committee Member for Ward 1 said it here.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Moderation is on for this thread due to a large number of profane comments being submitted that violate our terms of service. I didn't get around to approving your comment until now.
nicole fine January 17, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Hey, Mark, where did Jeff Gale say that? Did I miss that post in the thread? Was his comment inappropriate? ha ha ha hah, kidding!!!!
H Double OG January 17, 2013 at 09:37 PM
LOL a great bust for the cops they hit the jackpot on this one.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Right at the top there.
Cheif Keef January 17, 2013 at 09:44 PM
It was a school trip. I know this for a fact
nicole fine January 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Sorry, Mark. The comments are out of order. Jeff's post is time stamped as 4:19 p.m. You can understand my confusion, I am sure.
Falconlover January 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I went on the same ski trip and did the same things and I am in the pharmacy program at a university ... And it has nothing to do with Cranston west so all of these parents need to calm down stuff like this happens and everyone needs to stop making such a big deal about it .. If it's not your child involved its not your business at all
FalconsFlyTogether January 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I dont understand why people are so concerned with something that has nothing to do with them. this was NOT a school trip. it has nothing to do with West. i was on the trip and one of the students listed so i would know. I'm sure all of you adults posting these comments weren't all saints yourselves in high school. were teenagers its going to happen.
#skitrip2013 January 18, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I think I can say on behave of all the kids who were on the ski trip (including me) that we appreciate the support of most of you guys on here. we're not "thugs" or "druggies" (yeah I'm talking to you "lady") we're good kids who just made a bad desicion. we're not perfect and neither are any of you. we live and we learn, that's how life goes. but you can be damn sure that I'll be telling my kids this story 20 years from now. oh and one more thing "lady" if you have kids and you think that they'd never try smoking or drinking or never did smoke or drink, I feel bad for you because you are a fool. #skitrip2013
Kid January 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM
It was for the boys the whole weekend we all just had a good time mark obviously was home schooled and never got to do anything like this so he is just a little jealous, it's Alrigth man ur always invited on the next ski trip
Family friend January 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM
It's been a tradition for years to go on this ski trip for years at Cranston West, it's known to go to party than to ski. All you hypocrites need to get off your high horse and stop acting like you've never done anything wrong in your lives. They are high school students it's what they do, that's no excuse but stop acting like its such a surprise. The kids were sitting in a hotel room, not driving anywhere and causing no harm to anyone. People need to Shutup and mind there own business because it has nothing for you to worry about. Not your kid, not your problem. Every single one of these kids are great kids and I am pretty sure will be 110% more successful in life than you people will every be that have nothing better to do in your life to worry about what these kids did. Also I'm pretty sure whoever you people are saying you need to educate these kids about drinking and using illegal substances probably don't have children and never will. I know some of these kids personally and they aren't stupid. Their teenagers this is the time of their life where they are suppose to make these stupid mistakes.
Ammajamma January 18, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Stated very well. Wonder how did that women turn out. Did they arrest him for domestic assault?
Ammajamma January 18, 2013 at 02:20 PM
BIG DEAL why? We have all been teens, having fun with friends. LADY Y U would say terrible things about a mothers child U don’t even now, that’s terrible and uncalled for. U are not perfect/maybe U are. Maybe you’re perfect jerk who judges young people for being teens. Everyone wasn’t locked up when they were teens. Some parents want their teens 2 live and learn so they can grow. Don’t B their judge. Where were the parents, the same place every teen’s parent is. Parents cannot become shadows following our teens around like 2 yr olds. Parents of teens, teach, love, and hope that there teens make good choice, if they don’t we hope next time they are in a situation they have learned 2 make better choices. Joyce I did homework, chores, helped my neighbor, and worked. Sorry your life was consumed with being on a leash and not having these experiences in your life. How did U turn out? U think by judging these teens make U a good person? U say also drinking, so how were they getting home? Not going home HELLO at a Hotel! Adults have got hurt stumble around, does that make them bad people? Don’t put Heaven into this, God would not like that U are JUDGING TEENS. Teens that are only experiencing teenage life! I just can’t get over how some people think that they are perfect. Take a reality check. Wake up! It’s not like they were smoking/snorting bath salt running around naked and hurting people. They were smoking god’s plant, just teens being teens. Back down!
Jeff Gale January 18, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It appears my account here may have been hacked. I did NOT post the above message. I'll be contacting Mark to find out what happened.
Jeff Gale January 18, 2013 at 03:12 PM
It appears that my account may have been hacked. I did NOT write the post in this thread that said Cranston West sponsored this trip. That is simply not true. I've contacted Mark and asked him to remove the erroneous post and post a correction. Jeff Gale
Kid January 18, 2013 at 04:56 PM
The mountain was scary damn
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Someone registered a fake Jeff Gale account and posted the now-deleted message saying it was a sanctioned event. Sorry for letting it through.
Cranston Res January 19, 2013 at 03:57 PM
To all the teenagers involved with this incident, you may be acting like this is no big deal now and that your actions have no consequences, but think about this...your names are now plastered all over the internet. Good luck getting any type of big time job where they simply Google your name to see what comes up.


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