June 24, 2018
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Shotgun blasts alert police to County drinking party

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

TOWNSHIP 17, RANGE 5, Maine — Shotgun blasts possibly fired at or near a passing car early Sunday led state police to cite two juveniles and break up a drinking party at a camp involving as many as 11 more, police said.

Both 17, the suspects were summoned for reckless conduct with a firearm and the camp owner or resident, Peter Smith, 20, was charged with providing a place for minors to consume alcohol, state police Sgt. Brian L. Harris said.

The incident began for Trooper Rob Flynn at about 3 a.m. when the person driving the car called 911 to report gunshot blasts as he drove on Cyr Road in an area that is also known as Cross Lake in Aroostook County, Harris said.

“He didn’t see anybody shooting at him. He heard shots so he called to report it,” Harris said.

When Flynn arrived, he found the two suspects and issued the summonses. The suspects admitted to firing a shotgun into the air but denied firing at any vehicle, Harris said.

Assisted by two U.S. Border Patrol agents, Flynn quickly found the campsite and stopped the party. Police telephoned the parents of the 11 juveniles, who appeared to be between 15 and 20 years old, and had the parents come get their children, Harris said.

The party is still under investigation. Court dates for the juveniles were not available Sunday.

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