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n-faldrinkingparty-010809 Assault leads to arrest, underage drinkers

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FALMOUTH — A report of an assault on a young woman from Cumberland last week led police to an underage drinking party and resulted in an arrest and seven summonses.
At about 1 a.m. on Dec. 30, officers from Cumberland and Falmouth responded to a call from a Range Road resident in Cumberland who reported being physically attacked at 13 Birkdale Road in Falmouth.
“The victim lost two teeth and it was a pretty significant assault,” Falmouth Police Department Lt. John Kilbride said.
When Officers Kevin Conger Jr. and Steven Townsend arrived at the house on Birkdale to question the alleged assailant, Chase Caprio, 19, of 46 Farm Gate Road, they discovered the party with about a dozen people, mostly minors, in attendance, Kilbride said.
After observing vomit on the floor and the young people inside, officers were able to enter the home out of concern for the safety of the party-goers.
“Any time you have young drinking and vomit you are concerned,” he said. “There was a lot of alcohol, quite a substantial amount, and they had a bar set up.”
The homeowners, Karen and Thomas Forcella, were not at home. Although it was unclear who had purchased the alcohol, Kilbride said, the party was being held by siblings and 13 Birkdale Road residents John Forcella, 21, and Timothy Forcella, 27. The brothers were summonsed for allegedly allowing minors to possess or consume liquor.
In addition,  David Witkowski, 20, of Chester Avenue, Nicholas Galli, 19, of Middle Road, Judson Hobbs, 18, of Cottage Lane, Kevin Smith, 19, of Underwood Road, and Tierney Minte, 18, of Browns Point Road, Yarmouth, were issued summonses for alleged illegal possession of liquor by a minor.
Though others were present, officers were either unable to determine if they had been drinking, Kilbride said.
Police arrested Caprio later that night and charged him with assault.

Peggy Roberts can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or proberts@theforecaster.net.
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