RUMFORD – Court cases continue to be settled this month against many of the 19 Mountain Valley High School seniors charged last June with underage drinking following a police raid on a pre-graduation party in Roxbury.

Charges are being dismissed in Rumford District Court and criminal records removed for those who have completed 40 hours of community service, according to court clerk assistants.

The latest dismissal came Monday: Torrey Burgess Jr. of Mexico completed his public service at The Free Store in Mexico, according to court documents.

Others who have completed their 40-hour penance and had their cases dismissed are Aaron Cote and Oliver Perry, both of Rumford.

In other cases, the civil summonses charging the minors with consuming alcohol were either rescinded and dropped or are pending.

Charges were dropped against class valedictorian Stephanie Beadle of Roxbury, class treasurer and top 10 graduate Kristen Blais of Rumford, student council member Joel Sweetser of Rumford, Curtis Bolduc of Mexico and Jennaca Melo of Rumford.

An assistant court clerk said no complaint was filed against them after the initial summons, but it wasn’t immediately clear why.

Cases against the following are scheduled for disposition starting at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2009, in Rumford District Court: Ryan Cormier of Rumford, Brian Germain II of Rumford, class vice president Christopher Glynn of Rumford, Emily Hornsby of Mexico, Samuel Hotham of Mexico, Kristen Hutchins of Rumford, Tanya LaCroix of Peru and Jaymi Lewis of Rumford.

From now until then, however, there is still time for cases against the graduates to be dismissed, should each complete 40 hours of community service.

Bench trials have been scheduled Jan. 12 for top 10 graduate Miranda Brackett of Rumford and April 13 for Kristen Touchette of Mexico.

The only senior who paid a $200 fine by waiver was Joseph Bruns of Rumford, who did so because he had entered military service after high school, according to his court file.

The students were charged following a Maine State Police raid on an underage drinking party at Bunker Pond in the early morning hours of June 4.

State police learned of the party shortly before the raid when a parent contacted a dispatcher at the Gray barracks. When police arrived shortly after 2 a.m., some of the teens had already left.

The party was held in a logging yard at the pond, which is accessible by a dirt road that runs between routes 120 and 17.

Police found and confiscated malt beverages, beer and hard liquor.

All of those charged were allowed to participate in SAD 43’s graduation ceremony three days later because the party was held off school grounds.


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