As the University of Maine at Farmington prepares for the start of classes next week, two students were arrested for allegedly holding the first underage drinking party responded to by police this school year.

Andrea Beaulieu, 20, of Cape Neddick, and Meghan Plant, 21, of Fairfax, Vt., were arrested Saturday on charges of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, said Farmington Police secretary Rachel Heseltine.

“College is starting up this week, and this will be something we will focus on,” said Heseltine.

Heseltine said overall, the police department has observed a decrease in the number of large underage drinking parties that they respond to during the school year.

“They used to be something we responded to all the time,” she said. “I think there has been an increase in responsibility.”

Heseltine said police received a report at 11:10 p.m. Saturday of a loud party on Greenwood Avenue. When Sgt. Michael Adcock arrived, he reported seeing about 20 people in the residence and the majority had alcoholic beverages.

Adcock reported he spoke with many people who said they were drinking and under the age of 21. Adcock could not find the other two roommates who lived in the home, said Heseltine.

Beaulieu and Plant were both charged with class D furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

If found guilty, the charge is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a $2,000 fine.

None of the minors was charged.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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