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School board member, wife arrested for allegedly hosting underage drinking party
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Monday, July 09, 2012 8:23 PM

A South Dearborn School Board member and his wife were arrested for allegedly hosting a party where alcohol was served to teens early Sunday morning, July 8.

Dearborn County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to investigate a party at the Luhrsen residence, 11200 Lattire Road, Manchester Township.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Deputy Keith R. Clapp, Terry and Tawnya Luhrsen’s house had about 30 vehicles parked in the front yard where there was a tent and a “large beer trailer parked next to it.”

There were about 75 people standing about, “most of which appeared to be holding a cup, bottle or can. Most appeared to be very young.” The teens fled into the surrounding woods when police arrived, although some did stay and were identified, according to Clapp’s affidavit.

Terry Luhrsen, who has been on the school board since 2004 and also is an assistant South Dearborn High School baseball coach, and his wife, Tawyna, were both charged with 20 counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of neglect of a dependent, a class D felony.

The neglect of a dependent charges stem from the Luhrsen’s 17-year-old daughter allegedly consuming alcohol, according to the affidavit.

The couple’s son, Trent, graduated from South Dearborn High School in June.

A review of arrests provided through the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department does not show any of the teens attending the party who were over 18 being charged.

A pre-trial hearing for the couple has been set for Dearborn Superior Court No. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

At a recent school board meeting, Luhrsen told fellow board members he was not running for re-election.


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