Over 50 face charges from party
Over 50 College students face alcohol charges after Waterville Police showed up at an off-campus party at a Winter Street house late Saturday night, Sept. 17. The party hosts, three students who rent the house, were arrested.
Senior Christopher Boghossian, 21, and juniors Taggert Martin, 20, and Mads Ydemark, 22, were charged with providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.
According to a Sept. 20 Kennebec Journal account of the event, the party came to police officials’ attention when they pulled over an 18-year-old female and smelled alcohol. The student was unnamed in the article. The student alerted the police to the party.
Police arrived at the party but were not granted access to the house by the renters. They surrounded the house while sending out for a warrant. According to the Kennebec Journal article: “[Police Chief Joseph] 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.”
According to students who attended the party, underage party-goers were tested with a Breathalyzer and those who had indications of any level of blood alcohol content were summoned. Students over 21 years of age had their identifications checked and were permitted to leave the premises.
Senior Michael Brophy, 21, was at the party on Saturday. He said that just before the police arrived, a large rock, presumably thrown from someone outside, broke through a window of the house.
Once they had a warrant, police searched the house and found a keg and several 30-racks of beer, which they confiscated.
The College will be following up with disciplinary actions for both students who were drinking underage and those who were providing to minors.