POTTSTOWN PA – The discovery by Lower Pottsgrove Township police of what they later indicated was a large party involving alcohol and marijuana, in a room on the fourth floor of the Days Inn Hotel, 1600 Industrial Highway, led to the arrest early Sunday morning (July 15, 2012) of five individuals between the ages of 19 and 23, all of whom are area residents.
- Amanda Dornheim, 20, of Trappe PA, with aggravated assault on police, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment, underage consumption of alcohol, and public drunkenness;
- Maury M. Brown, 22, of Trappe, with possession of marijuana, furnishing alcohol to minors, and disorderly conduct;
- Skye M. Carfagno, 19, of Trappe, with underage consumption of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia;
- Jessica James, 21, of Pottstown, with public drunkenness; and
- Michael Dellaquila, 23, of Lower Pottsgrove, with public drunkenness.
Police initially were outside the hotel, at 16 minutes after midnight, investigating what Sgt. Timothy S. Walters said was “an incident of suspicious activity” as they observed “three subjects passing something around.” The subjects reportedly fled when officers stopped to make a check; two of them, according to Walters, later were seen by members of the hotel staff entering the fourth floor.
“A lot of subjects” seen around Room 411 of the hotel prompted its night auditor to ask police to check the floor, Walters reported. As he walked its hallway, the sergeant said he found a group of people who appeared to be teens or young adults “hanging around” the room, and Dornheim allegedly “staggering in the hallway.” She “tried to run,” Walters said, as did several others before more officers arrived.
As Walters attempted to take Dornheim into custody, however, he alleges she fought, tried to strike him with her fist and her elbows, and also tried to bite his arms. She was subsequently subdued, he said.
Other officers arrived in response to calls for assistance. They claimed they found the door to Room 411 open, and allegedly detected “the odor of alcohol and burnt marijuana” coming from the room.
No one answered at what Walters described as the “unsecured” door, so officers entered and found Brown and six others inside. Within the room, Walters added, were “several open bottles of alcohol and several empty bottles,” as well as cups containing partially consumed juices and alcohol.
Carfagno, one of those occupying the room, was determined by police to be intoxicated. After a search, they also claim she had a marijuana pipe in her possession, and was arrested. Dellaquila, Walters alleged, “became belligerent” during the investigation, and was cited. Also cited was James, described by Walters as “a problem during the investigation.” Brown was arrested after police found marijuana in the room, Walters added.
Dornheim was arraigned via video by Judge Patricia Zaffrano later Sunday morning, with bail set at $25,000 cash which Waters reported Dornheim could not post. She was taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, and is scheduled for a July 25 hearing before District Justice Edward Kropp Sr.
Carfagno and Brown will be summoned to appear before Kropp at later dates, according to the report.