8 charged in connection with Penn State cheerleader's fall

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by Gene Kang and news release

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 6:04 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque, 19, has been recovering at home in Louisville.
All while eight students have been charged for giving alcohol to minors.

WHAS 11 discovered four of them are cheerleaders. A police report reveals that Raque was dancing on a table before she fell from a fifth floor window on October 2012. She shattered her pelvis and suffered major head trauma.

Recently, Raque was showered with love by other Penn State cheerleaders after her horrible fall.

"To see her like this, it's back to Paige and it's so amazing," a fellow cheerleader said.

But that has been overshadowed after police charged eight university students with providing alcohol to minors.

Five were under 21-years old and WHAS 11 confirmed four of the women were cheerleaders.

A police report reveals what happened in October. Raque attended a birthday party where she fell from this fifth story apartment window. It was hosted by five underage women with 40 to 50 guests.

They served five boxes of wine and vodka. Police go on to say, she "climbed onto the table and was dancing" before she lost her balance and fell 39 feet.

It's causing students to think about the dangers of underage drinking.

Isiah Ali, a UofL Sophomore, said, "Underage drinking is illegal and it is bad. I feel bad for that girl. After 18 I think you should be held accountable."

Another student had this to say.

"Personally I don't drink but people at college come here to party and drink and have fun but I think sometimes too much.” University of Louisville freshman, Kelsey Cramsey said.

UofL Police say their campus policy on underage drinking is just as harsh as Penn State, governed by the Commonwealth.

Lt. Col. Kenny Brown, University of Louisville Police Assistant Chief, said, "In criminal matters state law does come into play. If you're in another state or another college it's in your best interest to understand the state laws in that area."

WHAS11 also confirmed that four university cheerleaders were removed from the team for breaking squad rules. But it's not certain it has anything to do with the criminal investigation involving Raque.
Some students say they'll avoid underage drinking altogether.

"It probably causes more problems than it's worth," a UofL student said.

Raque’s family had nothing to say to the media about the new charges. They say she is recovering quickly from her brain injuries and broken hip. Her goal is to return to Penn State by summer or fall.

The following is a news release issued Tuesday morning:

The State College Police Department has completed the SIP (Source Investigation Project) investigation into the furnishing of alcoholic beverages to minors on October 13, 2012.  The investigation was initiated after Paige Raque, a 19-year-old Penn State University student, was seriously injured after falling from a 5th floor apartment window at Calder Commons located at 520 East Calder Way.  It has been determined the fall from the window inside apartment 507 was accidental. 

The SIP investigation identified eight Penn State University students that furnished alcoholic beverages to minors who were attending a party being hosted at 520 East Calder Way, apartment 507 on October 13, 2012. Criminal complaints for Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages to a Minor (misdemeanor) and related offenses were filed through Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) Prestia on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 and will be sent via summons to the defendants.

The following persons have been charged:
Tempest S. Hourston, age 21
Megan E. Markovitz, age 21
Adaire B. Robinson, age 21
Alexandria M. Hipple, age 20
Brooke A. Piccione, age 20
Alyssa A. Duffy, age 19
Julie A. Hannan, age 19
Madeline C. Miller, age 19

 

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