NORTH ANSON, Maine — The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department has arrested or summoned 17 people in connection with an underage drinking party last Friday night.
The Sheriff’s Department received a noise complaint at 11:05 p.m. Friday on River Road, according to Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II. When Deputy Joseph Jackson arrived, several people reportedly fled on foot into the residence, while others went out back near a campfire.
“With the consent of one of the party’s hosts, the residence was entered and persons were checked,” Gottardi said in a statement released Tuesday.
Subsequently, Christian Grenier, 20, of North Anson was arrested and charged with furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, a Class D misdemeanor. He was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison and has since been released on bail.
Andrew McNevin, 21, was summoned on the same charge.
Glenn Richardson, 20, of Fairfield was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant.
Eight people over the age of 18 but under the legal drinking age of 21 were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor and six juveniles under the age of 18 were charged with the same civil offense. Parents of the juveniles were contacted at that time, Gottardi said.
“In all, 17 persons were either arrested or summoned, subsequent to the investigation of the events at the residence,” Gottardi said. “The persons charged were from the Norridgewock, Solon, Anson, Fairfield and Madison areas. Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole and Maine state police Trooper John Lacross assisted Deputy Jackson at the residence.”
Gottardi warned that police will be stepping up patrols for such parties.
“As graduation time nears and warmer weather approaches, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, along with partner law enforcement agencies, will be conducting extra enforcement details to target underage drinking events to hopefully minimize the risk of possible tragic outcomes, which can be associated with underage drinking as well as underage drinking while driving.”