Police make arrest at another Falmouth party with underage drinkers

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FALMOUTH — For the second consecutive Saturday, police on June 23 responded to a party involving underage drinking.

One person was arrested and seven others were charged with possession of alcohol.

Police Lt. John Kilbride said police received a 911 hang up call at 3:59 a.m. from 33 Middle Road. Officers arrived and allegedly found an intoxicated minor on the front lawn. After identifying that he was underage and impaired, they went inside the home.

Kilbride said Officers Luke Hallett and Kurt Fegan, along with Cumberland police officers, found about two dozen people inside; 10 of them were under the legal drinking age of 21 and allegedly consuming alcohol.

“(The officers) were greeted with swears and shouting,” Kilbride said. “The usual.”

After officers established that Seth Russell, 21, was the host of the party, he was arrested and charged with furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, and taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Russell paid bail of $2,500 and was released from jail the same day.

Kilbride said that, unlike a party the previous Saturday, June 16, where participants were celebrating the state championships of the Falmouth High School baseball and lacrosse teams, officers could not determine the reason for the June 23 party. But because of the abandoned 911 call, they had to enter the home.

“Obviously we think the worst of things, we have to investigate, we can’t just walk away,” he said.

In addition to Russell, Nolan Tapley, 20, Timothy Nash, 20, Charles Collins, 19, Charles Cott, 20, Samantha Gee, 20, all of Falmouth; Nicola Dipetro, 18, of Portland, and Henry Stores, 20, of Sherborn, Mass., were charged with illegal possession of liquor by a minor (consumption).

Kilbride also said there have been no more charges in connection with the June 16 party at 35 Fieldstone Lane, but he still expects more charges to be filed.

The parents who hosted that party, Barry and Paula Spencer, both 52, are facing charges for furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor. They are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 16.

Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster.net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.

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