It was a busy weekend for the department with 16 arrests between Friday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 13.
Police responded to the Royalty Inn Friday for the report of a disturbance between a male and female. The matter was quickly resolved and the parties were separated.
But while at the scene, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana. During the investigation officers identified a large group of minors consuming alcohol and controlled drugs. The teens were on a ski trip. Arrests were made and all minors were released to the custody of a responsible adult and summonsed to appear in the Berlin Circuit Court on February 19.
Moises Rogers, 17 of Cranston, Rhode Island was charged with Possession of controlled drug/narcotic drugs (Class B misdemeanor).
Charged with unlawful possession of alcohol (violation) were: Gianna Baldino, 17, Cranston, R.I; Brandon Bichejian, 18, Cranston, R.I.; Kerri Bilodeau, 17, Cranston, RI; Lauren Cattani, 17, Cranston, RI; Joseph Cunetta, 18, Cranston, RI; Jonathan Day, 18, Hope, RI; Peter Esposito, 17, Cranston, RI; Tom Maltais, 17, Cranston, RI; Amanda Petrocelli, 17, Cranston, RI; Taylor Pilderian, 17, Cranston, RI; Dan Plaziak, 18, Cranston, RI; Edward Stenovitch, 17, Cranston, RI and Brittany Wetherbee, 17, Cranston, RI.
Shortly after clearing the underage party, at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday officers received a report of a vehicle driving erratically on North Main Street. While still on the line, the person reporting advised that the same vehicle had driven off the roadway and into the woods.
When officers responded, they identified the operator of the vehicle as Scott Fletcher, 27 of Newfield. Fletcher was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital, treated and released. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Fletcher was subsequently arrested for DWI- second offense (class A misdemeanor) and is scheduled to appear in Berlin Circuit Court on January 22.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 13, Gorham police arrested Kyle Wedge, 25 of Berlin. While responding to the report of a theft at Wal-Mart police observed Wedge's vehicle exiting the parking lot. As Wedge traveled north, he attempted to elude police by increasing his speed, extinguishing his headlights and hiding in the parking lot of a closed business. After a short pursuit, Wedge stopped the vehicle and again attempted to elude police by running on foot. Wedge was charged with two counts of disobeying a police officer and contempt of court (Class A misdemeanors) and driving after suspension- second offense Second Offense (class B misdemeanor). He is scheduled to appear in the Berlin Circuit Court on February 19.
Violation level offenses are punishable by a fine up to $1,000. Misdemeanor B offenses are punishable by a fine up to $1200 and misdemeanor A offenses are punishable by a $2,000 and up to one year in the House of Corrections.