Pot, alcohol get teens in trouble at UMaine

Posted Sept. 03, 2009, at 12:08 p.m.

ORONO – University of Maine public safety officers have been busy this week with students who are learning the consequences of consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana.

Three 18-year-old male UMaine students and a 17-year-old local girl were busted for drinking alcohol while on campus, and three others are in trouble for smoking marijuana, Joe Carr, UMaine spokesman, said Wednesday.

Two of the three drug- or alcohol-related incidents occurred in dorms, and police near the Alfond Arena discovered the third.

At 12:15 a.m. Sunday a public safety officer noticed three men, John Stalnik, Mark Verrill and Cameron Green, all of whom are age 18 and on-campus students, visibly intoxicated near Alfond.

Because the three were intoxicated and underage, they were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor by consumption, Carr said.

About an hour and 20 minutes later, at 1:39 a.m., UMaine officers were dispatched to Gannett Hall because one of the dorm’s resident assistants, concerned for the health of a 17-year-old girl who had been drinking, had called for an ambulance.

The teenager, who was not identified, is not a UMaine student. She, too, was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor by consumption.

The third incident was reported to police at 11:56 p.m. Sunday. Someone at Somerset Hall detected an odor of marijuana and when police arrived they found UMaine student Nathaniel Branierd, 18, exiting the suspect room.

Max Mitchell, 18, a student, and Joel Wyman-Davis, 18, and a woman, neither of whom are students and whose addresses were not provided, were found inside the room.

Mitchell was given a summons for furnishing marijuana and possession of marijuana, and both Branierd and Wyman-Davis were given tickets for possession of marijuana.

None of those charged was arrested.

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