LIVERMORE FALLS — Two teenage boys were taken by ambulance to hospitals Wednesday afternoon when they fell ill after consuming alcohol, according to Police Chief Ernest Steward Jr.

One of the boys was rushed to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. The other was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Steward said.

Police said five young males, ages 14 to 16, apparently walked behind Central Plaza on Route 4, and found their way into the vacant, lower section of the building.

Steward and other rescue workers responded at about 4:45 p.m. to a report of an unresponsive youth in the vacant section of the building.

One of the five teenagers called the parents of one of the boys who had passed out, Steward said. The parents called 911.

Owners of the building, Peachy Builders of Augusta, store two vehicles in the bottom level. It appears the teenagers got into one of the cars and were drinking, Steward said.

A half-gallon bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey was found at the scene.

Parents told police that two of the teens jumped out of the building and ran off while officers and ambulance workers were tending to the other teens at the opposite end of the building. Parents told police one of the boys who ran off did not look too intoxicated, while the other youth was very intoxicated, according to Steward.

Livermore Falls officer Troy Reed is investigating how the boys got the whiskey and how they got into the building.

Steward said charges are pending against the teenagers.

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Police said five teenage boys, ages 14 to 16, were drinking alcohol Wednesday inside the vacant, lower section of Central Plaza on Route 4 in Livermore Falls. Two of the youths were taken by ambulance to separate hospitals after becoming ill. The two teens were inside the building on the right, according to police. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)

Police said five teenage boys, ages 14 to 16, were drinking alcohol Wednesday inside the vacant, lower section of Central Plaza on Route 4 in Livermore Falls. Two of the youths were taken by ambulance to separate hospitals after becoming ill. The two teens were inside the building on the right, according to police. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)


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