June 22, 2018
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Underage drinking task force busts UMaine students, say officials

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — Two intoxicated University of Maine students were seen carrying a street sign, another was found walking with an open container of beer, and two others were in a car that left a parking lot without turning on its headlights, according to a UMaine official.

All were caught by an underage drinking task force made up of area law enforcement personnel who were on patrol over the weekend in anticipation of the annual gathering known as Chickenfest, Margaret Nagle, UMaine spokeswoman, said Monday.

In addition to the five UMaine students, two men were caught in the Chickenfest sting operation, she said.

Travis Landry, 20, was allegedly carrying a can of beer at around 10:25 p.m. Sunday when he was spotted by police and charged with underage drinking.

Police were driving on the Rangeley Road at around 5:50 a.m. Sunday when they noticed something suspicious in the hands of two students and discovered “they were carrying a street sign they said they found,” Nagle said.

Both were intoxicated, she said.

They were not charged, so their names were not released, but they were referred to the university’s director of judicial affairs for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. The sign they were carrying was taken to the police station.

A vehicle on Park Street pulled out of a parking lot at about 8:45 p.m., Saturday and was stopped by police because the driver did not turn on the vehicle’s headlights.

Cameron Bradbury, 19, and Abdiwali Yonis, 18, were both charged with underage drinking. Yonis also was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana, Nagle said.

Task force partners also stopped two more students as they were driving in and around campus. Quinn Ramini, 22, was pulled over for “poor driving” at about 4:35 a.m. Saturday as he pulled onto Park Street, the university’s spokeswoman said.

Ramini’s blood alcohol was twice the legal limit, and he was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol

A man pulling out of Orchard Trails at about 7:55 p.m. Friday was stopped for a traffic violation and charged with a drug crime, Nagle said. New Bedford, Mass. resident Ryan Haskell, 20, was charged with possession of marijuana. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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