Large keg party busted in Penobscot

PENOBSCOT — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies and the Maine State Police busted a large keg party at 536 Dunbar Road in Penobscot Thursday night.

The officers had been conducting a Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team detail in western Hancock County when they learned of the gathering.

Police arrested three youths and summoned two dozen others.

“It’s this type of high-risk behavior our alcohol enforcement team was designed to identify and address or, at the very least, deter before what starts out as a night of fun ends in mourning,” said Lt. Chris Thornton, who heads the team.

Police arrested the following on one count each of furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor: Michael Antonavich, 21, of Mount Vernon; Thomas Davis, 21, of Lake Wylie, S.C.; and Andrew Venditto, 21, of Somers, N.Y. Thornton said those three rented the residence.

The three were transported to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where they were able to post the $60 cash bail. They have since been released.

During the course of the investigation, a vehicle leaving the large gathering was stopped on the Back Shore Road in Castine.

It was determined that the operator, Andrew Waltz, 20, of Topsham, had been consuming alcohol. He was subsequently transported to the Bucksport Police Department, where a breath test was administered, Thornton said. The results of that breath test indicated Waltz’s breath alcohol concentration was greater than zero.

Because Maine has a zero tolerance law for motorists under age 21, the breath test results will be forwarded to the Secretary of State’s Office for administrative operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant action, Thornton said.

Police also charged Waltz with possession of liquor by a minor.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies and Maine State Police troopers then visited the Dunbar Road residence. They approached the Dunbar Road residence and contacted those in attendance. Police charged the following with illegal possession of liquor by a minor:

Noah Shibley, 20, of Madison; Max Shibley, 18, of Madison; Tristan Small, 19, of Madison; Mia Fox, 19, of Pittsfield; Holden Dudley, 19, of Winterport; Rehann Dionne, 19, of North Berwick; Raegan Harrington, 20, of Manchester; Matthew Hoffman, 20, of Redding, Conn.; John Stolz, 19, of Scarborough; Aaron Morgan, 20, of Athens; Samuel Baker, 19, of Norridgewock; Justin Vien, 19, of Berlin, N.H.; Zachary Holbrook, 20, of Woolwich; Matai Martin, 19, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Joshua Reed, 20, of Vassalboro; Sierra O’Brien, 19, of Kittery; Katelyn Smith, 19, of West Poland; Nicholas Pappas, 19, of Cape Elizabeth; Avery LeClerk, 20, of Brooks; Collin Thompson, 20, of Southport; Caleb Barden, 20, of Vassalboro; and William Scarlett, 20, of Saxton River, Vt.

Funding to support the proactive enforcement strategies of the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team are provided by a grant with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Jennifer Osborn

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