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Westerville: Out-of-town homeowner calls police on daughter's party

Westerville police arrested 11 young adults, all between the ages of 18 and 20, after a homeowner called to report his daughter was having a party at his house while he was out of town.

Police went to the residence in the 400 block of Brisbane Avenue late in the evening of Aug. 29.

When officers arrived, they heard several voices inside the house and asked to see the owner's daughter. She came to the door and told officers there were only a few people inside, and said her father knew about the gathering, police reports said.

But when police talked to the homeowner again, he said that only one friend had permission to be in the house and asked that police break up the party.

As the guests streamed out of the house, police noticed that many of them seemed to be underage and intoxicated, and several tested over the legal limit on a Breathalyzer test. Many were charged with underage drinking.

Two guests were found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, and another ran from police after they attempted to take him into custody, police reported.

One guest was so intoxicated that he was transported to Mount Carmel St. Ann's for treatment, reports said.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

• Westerville police issued a warrant for the arrest of Sean T. McMahon, 21, on a felony assault charge of causing harm to an unborn child.

McMahon's girlfriend called police to report that he had shoved, punched and choked her in a room at the Red Roof Inn, 909 S. State St., on the morning of Aug. 25.

When officers arrived, they saw bruising and redness around the neck of the pregnant woman, and a cut on her ear from reportedly being thrown into a towel rack.

McMahon had left the scene. Police reports said he is homeless, with a last known address on Heatherleaf Way in Columbus, and his whereabouts were unknown.

• A Westerville woman contacted police after her 4-year-old granddaughter told her she had been touched inappropriately by another child in the playground area of McDonald's, 40 S. Cleveland Ave. Aug. 29.

The child told her grandmother that a boy, estimated to be between 4 and 6 years old, touched under her underwear while they were in the playground area.

Police reported the case to Franklin County Children Services, who will assign a case worker, reports said.