Police nab youths on underage drinking charges


MEXICO — Two Mexico Police Department officers conducted a special underage alcohol use detail last Saturday night that netted six teenage boys.

Chief James Theriault said a 19-year-old was charged with operating without a license, illegal transportation, having open alcohol containers, and not wearing a safety belt. Five juvenile boys were charged with possession of alcohol by consumption.

He said his department has conducted several similar underage drinking details during the past few months thanks to a $5,000 grant from the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition.

The department intends to conduct several more before the end of June.

An agency-wide special detail is also planned for April 24 in some of the northern Oxford County towns. Law enforcement officers from Mexico, Dixfield, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police will participate. Funding for that agency-wide project also comes from the healthy communities coalition.

In other police news:

Vehicles driven by Linda S. Tate, 55, Isthmus Road, Rumford, and Clarice Hodges, 69, Dixfield, collided at 2:55 p.m., April 7, at the Free Store parking lot located on Gleason Street. Tate’s 2007 Toyota sports utility vehicle sustained $1,500 damage. Hodges’ 2003 Toyota four-door sedan sustained $1,000 damage.

Vehicles driven by Brenda L. Bouchard, 34, Swift River Road, Mexico, Jennie E. Skillin, 19, Weld Street, Dixfield, and Samantha L. Cornier, 24, Highland Terrace, Mexico, collided at 1:05 p.m., April 12, on Main Street. Bouchard’s four-door 2000 Chevrolet sustained $5,000 damage; Cornier’s 1994 Ford pickup sustained $1,000 damage, and Skillin’s 1994 four-door Toyota sustained $250 damage.