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  • Anonymous

    Better make sure the police do not have your moms cell number before you have a big a party LOL.

  • Bob

    See police can charge minors with underage drink. Why did they not charge the UMaine kids at the concert?

    • Anonymous

      Move on already!

  • So the funny thing is, there was no one outside when the cops came in the morning. Most of the people there were sleeping when the cops arrived and had been sleeping for hours. The party was already done, so when you think HPD came storming in and saved the world from a bunch of drunk kids partying think again. The truth is that the cops came and “busted” a party that had been over for hours and woke everyone up who were responsible enough to NOT DRIVE HOME.  Plus, when asked how they knew, they said they just were patrolling and seen the kid walking with beer. They never got a call from anyone reporting it. Well HPD, I applaud you for “busting a party” that had been over with for hours. Whatever floats your boat.

    • Anonymous

      Do you work there, Jerry? So the kids hadn’t been drinking at all? They were innocent little angels sleeping on cots and the police kicked in the door and forced them to confess? And then they forced the mom into saying those kids were not supposed to be there? Man! These parents have a heck of a civil lawsuit! Or maybe you are just trying to be a “responsible” adult and protect the “kids” involved……

      • See, thats where your taking it the wrong way. I didn’t say the kids hadn’t been drinking? Im saying this whole thing has been hyped up way more then it actually was. There was no “party bust”. If they really would have put that 30,000$ grant to use they would have actually been there earlier when there was 40-50 people there, not bust some kids who were left over sleeping. This whole party bust has been blown rate up to be some amazing win on the war on underage drinking. It sounds like in the article the officers had notice of this event, when really, if it wasn’t for one kid stumbling down the road, everyone would have woke up eventually, cleaned up, and went home and HPD would have had no clue about it.

    •  Yes, Jerry, I wrote the story, so if you have your official report to contradict the official reports of the officers, please email it to me.

      • Anonymous

        Jen I find your article headline incorrect and misleading. Who are the “adults” that face court action? You define those aged 17-20 as minors. The only other person referenced by name is 23. Are you implying the parents will be charged? Truck Driver?

        •  Anyone under 21 who is charged w/ illegal possession of liquor by a minor is a “minor”. An 18 year old is an adult under the law, so Goodall was charged with providing a place for minors to possess or consume liquor. He is an adult, as is the 23 year old alleged knife bearer.

          • Anonymous

            Incorrect. Under the state law sections covering both posession and providing a place to drink a minor is defined in Title 28-A Definitions as:

            Minor. “Minor” means a person who has not reached
            the age of 21 years

    • Anonymous

      The fact that they were tired and went to bed doesn’t change the fact that they were at a drinking party……..Drinking and driving is against the law and shouldn’t  be used in a way to show they were responsible, like you try to do in your statement.

      And lastly, I can see why HPD chose not to go into much detail about how they ended up at the place

  • Anonymous

    ASSelin says he and his officers will not put up with it.  Wow!  This guy hired by Houlton Town Manager, yes the town manager, not the council, is talking trash.  What has happened in the last years?  Nothing to improve the drug or alcohol abuse.

    • I have been watching this article since someone pointed it out to me this morning. My fellow high school students have been caught at a party in the middle of town. Drinking and then encouraging everyone to stay is not being responsible. Everyone is talking about the $30,000 grant money and how it’s being put to use. I want to see how this town will hold up without the Houlton Police Department. Do any of you know the horrors that happen in this town? Sexual assault to children, domestic assault, and DUIs all the time. I know for a matter-of-fact that I kept all of my friends off the road that night. If you guys really felt the need to party, go out where no-one would stumble out in the road or wait until the following weekend. I agree with the “kids will be kids” statement but to claim that they were being “responsible” is very irresponsible. 

      This party was not a very safe place to be by the way the people I go to school with are talking. The house was trashed and someone got beat up while he was sleeping. 

      If the police had shown up and just said “Don’t drive until you are sober,” how well would that have gone over? Everyone would be complaining because HPD aren’t using the grant that they applied for and they are putting the community in danger. When enforcing the law, no one ever wins.  

      • Anonymous

        Very well put young lady!!  Unlike your fellow students, you seem responsible.  Kudos!
         

      • Anonymous

        Yes, but if I am correct, no one here is arguing that the police shouldn’t have done anything. If im reading everyones comments correctly, a majority of the people complaining are saying “Its not that we shouldn’t have got caught, its that the article seems to make it seem like a bigger bust then it was. There was no party bust. There was police giving summons to kids who were asleep from the party THE NIGHT BEFORE. They were doing their job, yes. The kids had been drinking, which is illegal. Yes. BUT, whoever thinks this was a party “bust” and the HPD did a good job, they should have been their earlier when in full swing. 

        •  The only thing I have to say is….You guys were minors…it’s against the law…. you got punished…I always told my kids that it is perfectly normal as a teen to want to experiment..but when I catch you, there will be consequences. I’m not shocked that an adult willingly bought the alcohol  for them. It seems that a lot of adults would rather be a cool friend than a responsible person. The problem with even sleeping there is that when someone leaves in the morning they still have a percentage of alcohol in their system. Zero tolerance!

      • Justin Haggerty

        Well put Tara. It’s the news and it’s the county, anything that happens in the town will get blown into a big deal whether it is or not. Poking at it and pointing fingers at people on here and facebook blows it even bigger. I’m sure half the town wouldn’t know if they all didn’t even mention it. It’s not a big deal and nobody will remember this a week from now.

  • Anonymous

    Such a shame that every one of the named individuals is able to sign a legal contract, drive thousands of pounds of metal on public roads, own a firearm, and go to war for their country, but are not allowed to drink in, what appears to be, a responsible manner.

    • jimbobhol

      Responsible manner. 40 or so kids drinking  in a home without the owner knowing and a drunk kid laying in the road that doesn’t live in the town. What are the cops to do block off the road till the drunk kid wakes up.

      • Anonymous

        That is a good one! Funny! People will make mistakes, young adults will party and people will make snide, nasty and insecure remarks about it till the ends of time. The cops did the right thing by bringing the intoxicated man in. We are the ones in the wrong by being narrow-minded and naive about a couple pre-college and college students having a little bit of fun on a prom night.

    • Anonymous

       A blood alcohol level of 0.219 at 5:30 a.m. certainly cannot be construed as responsible alcohol consumption.  He’s lucky he didn’t end up hospitalized.

      • Anonymous

        No, but drinking, and then staying where you are so as to not kill anyone with your drunken driving does seem to ring of responsible. This is Houlton, where Florida summers,  so there is nothing for people between the ages of 18 and 21 to do. Nothing. The fact that it took the police finding a guy stumbling home the next morning to even know there was a party there seems to me to suggest that 40 people were gathered in one place drinking, and keeping it as civil as possible. I wasn’t at the party, but I live a very short distance away. They were not loud enough for the neighborhood to hear, no one was hurt, so where was the crime? Yes you can always find that one jerk at a part who tries to start fights, but for the most part, it was prom night, and none got hurt. Next time however, I wonder how many of these people will attempt to drive home drunk rather than wait for the police to show up the next day. We were all young once, and we’ve all done foolish things, but these people will now have a criminal record that will follow them for the rest of their life, for doing the responsible thing and not going anywhere while drunk.

        • Anonymous

           Less than one-quarter of the attendees were found there in the morning.  My guess is that anyone who drove away from the party in the wee hours was not legal to drive.  If these kids were so responsible, why didn’t the parents know about the party?  Why did they allow any one individual to drink such an amount that they most likely had at least minor alcohol poisoning? Illegal possession of alcohol by a minor is a misdemeanor; I don’t think that constitutes a criminal record that will have any great detrimental effect on their future options.

          • Anonymous

            Their criminal records are reset at 18 so their records will be affected. They aren’t considered minnors 18 plus. Everyone who left had DD’s and that’s a fact. If they didn’t I figure the HPD using their 30,000 dollar grant would be patroling all night and would catch these individuals driving drunk. The kid who was found in the morning also had aa DD but chose to stay.

          • Anonymous

            There were designated drivers. Not EVERYONE was drinking. People were able to drive, but people with cars there did not want to drive. 

          • Anonymous

            Continue to guess all you want, but the people who were actually there say that every one who left had a DD, and the ADULT who made the decision to WALK, instead of driving,  was still acting in a more responsible manner than most bar patrons I have met. You speak of these people as if they were children, but the reality is they are all considered able to ”
            sign a legal contract, drive thousands of pounds of metal on public roads, own a firearm, and go to war for their country…” by the very same government that is going to brand them criminals.

          • Anonymous

            As a point of fact, 17 year olds cannot sign an enforceable legal contract because they have not reached the age of majority.  Neither can they join the armed forces without parental consent.  I’d have to research their ability to own a gun but you are right that they can operate a motor vehicle.  You are being overly dramatic in saying these people are being branded criminals.  They all broke the law.  They may possibly be convicted of misdemeanor offenses.  That is far from being branded a criminal.  These misdemeanor convictions will not prevent them from becoming doctors or lawyers or from entering any other profession.  No matter what justification you try to give for their chosen behavior, they knowingly broke a law and so they will face the consequences.  If you don’t like the current law regarding the minimum age for consumption of alcohol, work to have it changed.  That could give all those 18-21 year olds you say have nothing to do in Houlton a way to occupy themselves for a while.

  • Anonymous

    As a person who was at this party I would like to clear somethings up. Yes there was under age drinking and yes there were people who had consumed alcohol the night before still there in the morning. This article makes the kids who got caught seem like bad individuals when they are not. The party went the whole night with no noise complaint, no disturbances. All people who attended where encouraged to spend the night to prevent drunk driving and hurting themselves or others. The kids who were summons in the morning not only mad a smart decision to stay but were punished for this good decision. It was not til the young man was found laying in the road that the party was found. It was this poor kids decision from wasburn, whom not many people knew that got this “huge destructive” party busted. It was prom night, we found a safe place to drink and be responsible. Everyone was sleeping and were woken up to police harassing them. No incidents happened because of this party, no damage was caused, no vandalism of others belongs. Simply kids being responsible punished for making the right decision. Yes we are wrong for underage drinking but we were responsible about it. Those people are my friends and it makes me uneasy to know that so many people will have twisted images of them because the media. The majority of them are hardworking, loyal people with a bright future. Thank you HPD, I sincerely hope a ceremony is held for these heroic actions. 

    • jimbobhol

      So a drunk kid in the road and the cops find him. The parents know nothing of this party going on in their home. You and your friends are lucky something bad didn’t happen at your responsible party. Been there done that you got caught get over it.

      • Anonymous

        Just by your response I can tell you’re a very narrow minded person. I didn’t get caught and I’m not saying the people who did shouldn’t have. I’m just stating that the whole thing is being promoted as something its not. If the cops were to truly be doing a good job, they would have actually busted the party when everyone was there, not at 6 in the morning when people were sleeping. Its simply propaganda. The media showing the general public that the police are using the 30,000 dollar grant effectively, when in reality a party went on for 7 hours with 40 plus people and didn’t get busted til morning.

    • Anonymous

      Yup Houlton for you. Asselin and his young gung. Ho constitution breaking wally’s with a gun. They do crap like this all the time and get their pat on a back. Most of the time you see their cruisers their riding around with a cell phone attatched to their ear.

    • Anonymous

      First off, blaming HPD only shows your lack of maturity. They didn’t go looking for this, seems to me they did what the public expects them to do in this situation.

      Second, I’m sure the majority of these people were hardworking, loyal, bright futured kids….

      “encouraged to spend the night to prevent drunk driving and hurting themselves……..”  how is that responsible?  Putting a bulldozer at the end of the driveway might prevent drinking and driving but encourages does nothing to prevent a teen from killing themselves in a drunk driving crash………just ask a friend or family member who has lost someone to it.

  • Guest

    I feel nostalgic knowing that, 35 years after I left, the traditions are thriving. :)

  • Anonymous

    The  10th individual must go to Houlton High. He submitted to a breath test. I hope he learns his or her lesson. Kid. You say, I want a lawyer. If the police want a breath test and you are not driving, tell them to get a warrant.

  • Anonymous

    God bless HPD who bravely saved the world from drunk kids sleeping and who are putting that $30,000 grant from our tax money to use. Good job guys! Anything to get your names in the paper and to make it seem like your saving the world! Give yourself a pat on the back. Its funny how since they couldn’t find any other parties that night, they are taking the fact that they got lucky and “busted” some kids left over from a party and blew it up to be a huge bust. Kids will be kids, and if they get caught they get caught. But lets not pretend this is a major win. 10 out of the 50 kids (who were sleeping) from that party got busted. And that was just ONE party! Enjoy that $30,000 guys, its probably paying for the PD’s cell phone bill. It seems like thats all they do is talk on their phones while driving around town.

  • Ian Small

    good heavens, not another party. what is the town going to do? //begin cops theme song

  • Anonymous

    One kid’s BAC was alarmingly high.

    If one of those “responsible” underage drinkers had gotten alcohol poisoning and suffered brain damage and died, his parents would have sued the homeowners for all they’re worth plus all future earnings.  It’s a shame the police didn’t bust the party earlier in the night, but better late than never.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like they’re just doing their job to me.  They’re damned if they catch ya breaking the law, and damned if they turn a blind eye to an underage party.  When I was young, you just decided to not get caught while at a party.  If you got caught, then you sucked it up and didn’t whine like a sally.

  • Tyler James Swimm

    Those involved, their immediate families, and exactly zero other people should be of any reasonable concern. Precisely nothing is accomplished through arguing on a comment section.  Think about it. Anyone serious about taking action is encouraged to come to the Houlton Court July 3rd, 8:30 A.M. We’d love to see you there.

    Cheers,
    Tyler

  • Anonymous

    LOLLOLOLOL. To the students of Houlton High School commenting on this article…. you’re very hypocritical. (not saying all of you, but I know for damn sure some of the students with their full names displayed)  You cannot pretend that you haven’t been to parties, haven’t been drunk, haven’t made mistakes while intoxicated UNDERAGE. Just because you didn’t get caught? That gives you absolutely no right to judge others mistakes that you yourselves have made, pretending like you haven’t made them… it’s quite pathetic to make yourselves look better by degrading your ‘fellow classmates.’

    • Tyler James Swimm

      what’s pathetic is this entire situation.

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