Coach suspended Police say head of JV cheerleading hosted underage drinking party; two teens hospitalized for alcohol overdose

By on October 2, 2013

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STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff

STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff

, Staff Writer



Photo courtesy of Warwick School DistrictKissel Hill fifth and sixth graders, under the direction of Todd Fulginiti, perform for Warwick School Board members Tuesday night. They also have a concert this Thursday at 7 p.m.

A Warwick High School coach who reportedly hosted an underage drinking party for students at her home last Friday night is facing charges of furnishing alcohol to minors and reckless endangerment.

Two of the juveniles at the party were taken to a hospital for alcohol overdoses, and an 18-year-old Manheim man attacked a Lititz police officer at the scene.

Police say JV cheerleading coach Nancy M. Hertzog, 40, supplied the alcohol and permitted the kids to drink inside her home.

Tuesday morning, after receiving the police report and an affidavit from District Judge Ed Tobin’s office, Warwick School District suspended Hertzog without pay, pending termination.

"While she’s received notice of suspension, the next step has yet to be determined," said Lori Zimmerman, school district public relations director.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, officer Joel Hartz responded to a loud noise complaint at 402 W. Marion St., where he found the party in progress. He soon found two unconscious teens, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl.

In Hartz’s affidavit of probable cause, he stated that he was informed by one of the juveniles at the party that there was another juvenile in a locked room, and they couldn’t get him to answer.

"I had to physically kick the door open, and discovered two juveniles in the room in various states of undress and unconscious with difficulty breathing," Hartz said in his sworn statement. He was unable to wake them and quickly called an EMS crew to take them to a hospital, where they were treated for alcohol poisoning. No update on their conditions were available for this report.

"Thank God our officers got there they did," said Det. Sgt. John Schofield regarding Hartz’s fast actions. "Had they been left alone for much longer, the outcome could have been horrific."

The affidavit stated that when Hartz first arrived on the scene, he observed a swaying juvenile who had slurred speech, saw numerous red Solo cups and noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Hertzog met him at the door and agreed to let him enter the basement. He soon learned that juveniles who had been drinking were hiding throughout the house. Hertzog claimed that her daughter organized the party and that the kids were drinking without her knowledge. One of the juveniles at the scene told Hartz that Hertzog provided the alcohol and was present when everyone started drinking. Hartz also noted that he could smell alcohol coming from Hertzog’s breath while he was talking to her.

Also during the investigation, one of the partiers, Austin J. Bridi-Yodlosky, 18, of Manheim, became disruptive and assaulted officer Hartz, who was shoved, punched in the face and suffered a lacerated arm. Hartz was treated at the scene and is reportedly OK. Bridi-Yodlosky was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and underage drinking. He was arraigned on the charges at central booking and was later released on bail.

In all, police cited a total of nine juveniles (males and females between the ages of 15 and 18) from Lititz and Manheim for underage drinking, all of whom will be summoned to district court.

Hertzog was charged and summoned to district court. Because her charges were filed through the mail, a preliminary hearing date will not be scheduled for a week or so, Schofield explained.

On Tuesday morning, Warwick School District posted the following statement on its website:

Over the weekend, rumors started to swirl about an underage drinking party involving Warwick students. Our investigation found the rumor to be true and that in addition to underage students, one of our extra-curricular staff members, Nancy Hertzog, (a JV cheerleading coach and non-teaching staff member), was involved. With that knowledge and upon receipt of a criminal complaint, affidavit of probable cause, and the police report, this employee was suspended without pay, pending termination.

Due to the sensitive nature of confidential personnel matters, the district is unable to provide additional information. However, we want to reassure our families that swift action was taken and this individual will no longer have direct contact with students.

The district stands firm in our commitment to provide our students, families and staff with the tools, training and resources to take a positive stand against making destructive decisions. Know that the district will enforce our policies and code of conduct for all staff and students without exception.

A Warwick High School coach who reportedly hosted an underage drinking party for students at her home last Friday night is facing charges of furnishing alcohol to minors and reckless endangerment.

Two of the juveniles at the party were taken to a hospital for alcohol overdoses, and an 18-year-old Manheim man attacked a Lititz police officer at the scene.

Police say JV cheerleading coach Nancy M. Hertzog, 40, supplied the alcohol and permitted the kids to drink inside her home.

Tuesday morning, after receiving the police report and an affidavit from District Judge Ed Tobin’s office, Warwick School District suspended Hertzog without pay, pending termination.

"While she’s received notice of suspension, the next step has yet to be determined," said Lori Zimmerman, school district public relations director.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, officer Joel Hartz responded to a loud noise complaint at 402 W. Marion St., where he found the party in progress. He soon found two unconscious teens, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl.

In Hartz’s affidavit of probable cause, he stated that he was informed by one of the juveniles at the party that there was another juvenile in a locked room, and they couldn’t get him to answer.

"I had to physically kick the door open, and discovered two juveniles in the room in various states of undress and unconscious with difficulty breathing," Hartz said in his sworn statement. He was unable to wake them and quickly called an EMS crew to take them to a hospital, where they were treated for alcohol poisoning. No update on their conditions were available for this report.

"Thank God our officers got there when they did," said Det. Sgt. John Schofield regarding Hartz’s fast actions. "Had they been left alone for much longer, the outcome could have been horrific."

The affidavit stated that when Hartz first arrived on the scene, he observed a swaying juvenile who had slurred speech, saw numerous red Solo cups and noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Hertzog met him at the door and agreed to let him enter the basement. He soon learned that juveniles who had been drinking were hiding throughout the house. According to the affidavit, Hertzog claimed that her daughter organized the party and that the kids were drinking without her knowledge. One of the juveniles at the scene told Hartz that Hertzog provided the alcohol and was present when everyone started drinking. Hartz also noted that he could smell alcohol coming from Hertzog’s breath while he was talking to her.

Also during the investigation, one of the partiers, Austin J. Bridi-Yodlosky, 18, of Manheim, became disruptive and assaulted officer Hartz, who was shoved, punched in the face and suffered a lacerated arm. Hartz was treated at the scene and is reportedly OK. Bridi-Yodlosky was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and underage drinking. He was arraigned on the charges at central booking and was later released on bail.

In all, police cited a total of nine juveniles (males and females between the ages of 15 and 18) from Lititz and Manheim for underage drinking, all of whom will be summoned to district court.

Hertzog was charged and summoned to district court. Because her charges were filed through the mail, a preliminary hearing date will not be scheduled for a week or so, Schofield explained.

On Tuesday morning, Warwick School District posted the following statement on its website:

Over the weekend, rumors started to swirl about an underage drinking party involving Warwick students. Our investigation found the rumor to be true and that in addition to underage students, one of our extra-curricular staff members, Nancy Hertzog, (a JV cheerleading coach and non-teaching staff member), was involved. With that knowledge and upon receipt of a criminal complaint, affidavit of probable cause, and the police report, this employee was suspended without pay, pending termination.

Due to the sensitive nature of confidential personnel matters, the district is unable to provide additional information. However, we want to reassure our families that swift action was taken and this individual will no longer have direct contact with students.

The district stands firm in our commitment to provide our students, families and staff with the tools, training and resources to take a positive stand against making destructive decisions. Know that the district will enforce our policies and code of conduct for all staff and students without exception.

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