|By Larissa Theodore, Beaver County Times,
Pa.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Oct. 11, 2008 --CENTER TWP. -- It wasn't quite as bad as being left at the altar, but Center Township police said a newlywed couple were cited with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after they were left without a hotel room on their wedding night.
Center Township Police Chief Barry Kramer identified the newlyweds as James Munroe Jr., 29, of 1312 Eighth Ave., Brighton Township, and Rhiannon Lowery Munroe, 30, 866 Monaca Road, Center Township.Kramer said the trouble began as the Munroes arrived at the Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Area-Beaver Valley-Ctr Township, adjacent to the Beaver Valley Mall, around 3:50 a.m. Sunday, expecting to check into their room.
Kramer said there was an error, and the Munroes were told a room wasn't available.
Kramer said tempers flared and the Munroes began shouting and swearing, threatening an employee at the hotel's front desk.
Hampton employees, Kramer said, were trying to find the couple another room at a different hotel, while several people nearby tried to calm the couple. When the Munroes continued to shout, Kramer said, hotel employees called police to help diffuse the situation.
Officers arrived and tried to calm the pair, Kramer said.
The couple refused to calm down and instead turned on police, Kramer said.
"Things kind of went south when they decided to be disruptive to the police, who were trying to make every effort to help," Kramer said. "They didn't want to hear it."
Police initially took the groom into custody. According to the citation, James Munroe fought with officers while being placed under arrest.
Kramer said Rhiannon Munroe then tried to step in, and she was also taken to the police station. Both were issued citations, the equivalent of traffic tickets, and released, Kramer said.
The Munroes could not be reached for comment Friday. A message left with a hotel manager was not returned.
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