One arrested, seven others face civil charges in underage drinking case

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JAY— A 21-year-old local man is accused of providing underage people a place to drink alcohol last weekend.

Dahlon J. “D.J.” Campbell of 17 Look Brook Circle in Jay was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol early Saturday, Jay police Chief Larry White Sr. said Monday. The residence belongs to Campbell’s parents, who were not home, he said.

Campbell was released from jail on $3,000 unsecured bail and is scheduled to appear in Farmington District Court on June 24.

Jay police officers Michael Mejia and Nicholas Gulliver responded to a report of underage drinking at midnight Saturday and investigated the incident at Look Brook Circle in North Jay.

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Wilton police officers Nick Oettunger and Kyle Kutler were called into assist at what was reported as a large gathering at the residence, White said.

Police approached the residence on foot and observed approximately 15 people outside the residence and a campfire burning in the backyard, he said. It was apparent to the officers that some of the people were underage and the officers observed some of them holding containers of beer and or containers of mixed drinks, White said.

After investigating, seven underage people were issued summonses for liquor violations, White said. Others at the party were of legal age, he said.

Four people were each issued a civil summons for possession by consumption of alcohol were Ralyssa Rand, 19, of Jay, Brianna Beisaw, 19, of Jay, Christine Gilpatrick, 20, of Livermore Falls, and Jonathan Carlton, 19, of Jay.

Three other people were each issued a summons on a civil violation of possession of alcohol by a minor were Alexandra Willard, 20, of Kents Hill, Heather Chaney, 20, of Jay, and Alisha Buck of Winthrop.

“With summer and high school proms approaching, anyone contemplating providing a place for minors to consume liquor should know that the Jay Police Department will charge and arrest anyone who is found to be furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor,” White said. “Many underage people die each year from motor vehicle accidents after attending such parties and driving or riding in a vehicle with someone that has consumed liquor.”

dperry@sunjournal.com

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