DIXFIELD — Six people from Oxford and Franklin counties are facing charges stemming from an underage drinking party at a Main Street apartment this week.
Naomi Bean, 20, of Main Street, was arrested on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, and Kylie Miele, 20, of Peru was arrested on a charge of furnishing alcohol to minors, Sgt. Jeff Howe said. Each was booked at the Dixfield Police Department, released on $300 unsecured bail and is scheduled to appear in Rumford District Court on Nov. 3.
Summoned on a charge of being a minor possessing alcohol were: Theodore Collins, 20, Rangeley; Rachel Calden, 20, Mexico; Karissa Pettegrow, 19, Mexico; and Nathan Touchette, 19, Peru. A 16-year-old Rumford girl was also summoned on charges of possession of alcohol by a minor and furnishing alcohol to minors. She was released to the custody of her father, Howe said.
About a half dozen other youths are believed to have fled the apartment when they saw the cruiser drive up, he said.
Howe said Dixfield officer Eric Bernier was on patrol at 11:30 p.m. Sunday when he noticed considerable activity at Bean's apartment. When he and Mexico officer Brad Gallant entered, they discovered about a dozen young men and women at a party where alcohol was being served.
Gallant's help was paid for by a grant from the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition to specifically target underage drinking. The grant pays for officers from Dixfield, Mexico, Rumford, Bethel and Fryeburg police departments, the Oxford County Sheriff's Office and Maine State Police to assist other departments when needed.