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Schirado and Husband Charged for Role in Drinking Party

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The former Harrisburg School Board Chair and her husband have been arrested for their involvement in an underage drinking party in May.

Bryan and Michelle Schirado were released on personal recognizance bonds Monday night after indictments on charges of contributing to a child in need of supervision and maintaining a place used for violation of beverage laws.

It's been more than two and a half months since a total of 25 teenagers were arrested for underage drinking at a party in rural Harrisburg. The home in question belonged to Harrisburg School Board chair Michelle Schirado.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman says the shear numbers of this case made it difficult to get a quick solution.

"In the initial reports there were two sheriff deputies out there, there were upwards of 50 people present, two highway patrolmen out there as well, it just took a long time to work through the investigation to figure out exactly what we had." Said Wollman.

The day after the party, Schirado told us she had no idea that kids were drinking and she did not supply any alcohol. But after talking with scores of witnesses, State's Attorney Wollman says there enough to charge Schirado and her husband Bryan, with negligence.

"The investigation involved a number of juvenile witnesses both in terms of interviewing and re-interviewing those young individuals we wanted parents to be present through those interviews and scheduling being what it is it took some time to get that all wrapped up." Said Wollman.

Wollman says many of these witnesses were scared during their interview because Michelle Schirado was someone they looked up to and viewed as a friend. She is still a listed as a member of the Harrisburg School Board.

Current School Board Chair Juanita Schmunk says the board is not commenting on the case or Schirado's employment at this time.

The Schirado's will be back in court on August 15th at 9AM. The charges are both misdemeanors but if convicted, the couple faces a year in jail.

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