Summer camp owners accused of hosting drinking party for underage counselors

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal
Posted Aug. 21, 2012, at 1:57 p.m.

WATERFORD, Maine — Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies broke up an alleged underage drinking party last Friday night at Camp Waziyatah, a summer camp for children ages 7-17. Three were arrested, including the brothers who serve as owners and directors.

Gregg M. Parker, 46, of Boston, Mass., and Mitchell G. Parker, 50, of Miami, Fla., were each arrested on charges of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol. Deputy Matthew Noyes said an informant told him the Parkers had hosted the party as an “end-of-the-year” party for counselors, who were under 21. He said the children who attended the camp had all gone home to their families.

“From what the complainant told me, this is something that happens every year,” Noyes said.

One counselor, Camila A. Medina, 20, was charged with furnishing liquor to minors. Police believe she used a fake ID and supplied some or all of the alcohol to the party. He said there may have been others supplying alcohol, and the case is still under investigation.

Noyes said he received a complaint from an informant who wanted to remain anonymous that the directors were hosting a party for 25-30 minors. Noyes along with Dep. Josh Wyman, Dep. George Cayer, Cpl. Brian Landis and Sgt. Matthew Baker came to the camp Friday night.

According to Noyes, about 15 minors received civil summonses for alcohol possession. Noyes arrested Gregg and Mitchell Parker on charges of furnishing a place. Noyes said both brothers were in the building where counselors ages 18-20 were drinking.

According to jail officials, all three suspects were released on bail over the weekend.

CORRECTION:

A photo caption on an earlier version of this story misspelled the name of one of the brothers. His name is spelled Gregg Parker, not Greg.

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