17 charged in connection with underage drinking party

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted March 19, 2012, at 12:12 p.m.

WEST BATH, Maine — Police arrested a 21-year-old West Bath man and summoned 16 others late Saturday night for charges related to underage drinking, according to Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Brett Strout.

Strout said the unusually high number of summonses was partially because the party was being held at 145 New Meadows Road, Apartment D, on the building’s second floor. Randy Brewer, 21, who lives at the residence, was arrested on the Class D charge of furnishing a place for juveniles to consume alcohol and for allegedly violating conditions of release from a prior offense. Strout said he did not have any records that indicate what the prior offense was.

A 16-year-old male from Bath, in addition to being charged with possession of alcohol by a juvenile, also was summoned for possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police do not release the identities of offenders who are not yet 18 years old. Those older than age 18 summoned for possession of alcohol by a juvenile were Maxwell Colfer, 19, of Bath; Edward Grondin, 18, of Phippsburg; Holly Coffin, 19, of Harpswell; and Jason Johnson, 19, of Phippsburg.

The rest of the juveniles included males and females ages 15 to 17. Two were from Brunswick, one from Durham and eight from Bath.

According to Strout, the party was reported by a neighbor. When Deputies Matt Sharpe, Matt Shiers and Adam Baker arrived, they found a party in full swing in the second-floor apartment.

“A lot of times in these situations the kids try to take off,” said Strout, who added that was impossible in this case because the party was on the second floor and there was no escape route.

The three deputies worked for several hours to write summonses and contact the juveniles’ parents, who came to pick them up or made arrangements for their transport. All of the alleged offenders are scheduled for court hearings on May 7, though Strout said that might change for the juveniles, who are prosecuted through a different system from adults.

“We take this very seriously,” Strout said. “We enforce the law and make every effort to contact parents when we come across underage drinking parties. This is just another example of underage party-goers getting caught and jammed up for what starts out as a good time and becomes a long-term nightmare for them.”

Brewer was released from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on $500 unsecured bail after 3 a.m. Sunday, according to an officer at the jail.

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