Teacher charged for allowing underage drinking party

PORT CLINTON A Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools speech pathologist and her husband were charged Wednesda
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

PORT CLINTON

A Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools speech pathologist and her husband were charged Wednesday in connection with an underage drinking party, which led to a car theft and crash last fall.

A Graytown boy stole and later crashed Magistrate Bruce Winters' car after drinking at a party hosted by Kevin and Gail Browning of Salem Township in October, Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said.

Gail Browning, age unknown, 12600 block of W. Portage River South Road, faces three misdemeanor counts of a homeowner furnishing alcohol to a minor. She could face up to 18 months in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Kevin Browning, age unknown, faces two misdemeanor counts of the same offense with penalties of up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

No court dates have been set.

The Brownings declined to comment Thursday.

Gail Browning's job status was still uncertain as of Thursday.

"It's just unfortunate and because it's a personnel matter, I can't really say anything further," Superintendent Diane Kershaw said.

During the party Robert Booher was arrested after he tried to break into Winters' home, stole his car and later crashed it.

Winters, who lives near the Brownings on Portage River South Road, presides over domestic relations cases at Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.