September 20, 2011

Colby students summoned for illegal drinking

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- Police late Saturday summoned Colby College students at an off-campus party, charging them with illegal possession of alcohol.

Two people not at the party were -- in two separate incidents -- taken to a local hospital later in the evening after police received calls that they needed medical attention on campus for drinking alcohol, according to police Chief Joseph Massey. Both were summoned for illegal possession, he said.

Three students who rent the 16 Winter St. apartment where the party was were arrested and charged with providing a place for minors to consume, he said.

They are Christopher Boghossian, 21; Taggert Martin, 20; and Mads Ydemark, 22.

The students summoned and arrested are scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court at 1 p.m. Dec. 6, according to Massey.

Colby Vice President Sally Baker said Monday that officials will gather all the names of the students charged and will follow up with each one individually.

"All will be subject to discipline on campus," she said.

The summonses were issued after an officer stopped a car on Gilman Street around 8 p.m. Saturday and the driver identified herself as a Colby student, according to Massey. The officer smelled alcohol on her and asked where she got it; she said she had been at the Winter Street party, Massey said. She was summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, he said.

The officer contacted the Northern Kennebec Underage Drinking Task Force to report a possible underage drinking party, Massey said. The task force is a group of area law enforcement officials, health groups and youth advocates working to prevent underage drinking and educate people about its dangers.

The task force happened to be doing compliance checks at businesses Saturday night, so members including Waterville, Fairfield and Winslow officers headed to the apartment, according to Massey.

Earlier, task force members at Elm Plaza had summoned two Colby students. A male student was charged with providing alcohol to a minor because he allegedly bought alcohol at a store for a female companion who was underage, according to Massey. He said neither had been to the Winter Street party. The male student also was summoned on a charge of possession of a false ID; the female was summoned on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor.

At the Winter Street apartment, police summoned 13 Colby students who were outside for possession of alcohol by a minor and officers asked to speak with the people renting the apartment, he said.

Ydemark, Boghossian and Martin refused to let the officers into the apartment, but the officers could see a large number of people in the apartment who appeared younger than 21, he said.

"The officers secured the scene and one of the task force members came back to the station and wrote a search warrant," he said.

Massey said that while the officer was getting the search warrant, students at the party could leave the premises, but first they had to speak with an officer, who asked if they had been drinking and what their ages were. If they had been drinking and were not 21, they were summoned, he said.

After a judge signed the warrant, Massey said, officers found a large group of students in the apartment.

"In one room they found about 18 kids and in that room was a wastebasket that they said had about a foot of vomit in it. I guess you drink till you vomit," Massey said.

Police confiscated a keg of beer and some 30-packs of beer and summoned all of the students for illegal possession of liquor by a minor, he said.

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