WATERVILLE — Police busted up an underage drinking party in a south side apartment of the city early Monday morning and arrested or issued court summons to five people, including the resident of the apartment and a young woman charged with assault for hitting a police officer.

Police received complaints of noise and fighting at 69 Water St., apartment 1, shortly after midnight. Officers arrived to find an underage drinking party in progress with a number of intoxicated people, including juveniles, said Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey. There were between six and 12 people at the party, he said.

“It wasn’t a huge blowout,” but most of the people there were under the legal drinking age of 21, he said. Four officers went to the apartment and had some difficulty keeping order with some of the party goers.

A 16-year-old girl who was intoxicated, “extremely uncooperative” and “verbally abusive” was arrested when she refused to remain on the scene and be issued a court summons for underage drinking, Rumsey said. The girl was charged with refusing to submit to arrest or detention and was released into the care of a parent.

Aaliyah Gagliardi, 20, of Hill Road, Canaan, was also arrested on a charge of assault class D after she attempted to walk away from Officer Paul Dumas as he tried to issue an underage drinking summons, then slapped his hand when Dumas tried to restrain her, Rumsey said.

Kailynn DePesa, 30, who lives in the apartment, was arrested on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor, a class D offense.

DePesa and Gagliardi could not pay the respective $250 and $200 cash bail and were taken to Kennebec County jail in Augusta, Rumsey said. Class D offenses carry a maximum penalty of 364 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine.

Robert Corson, 20, of High Street, and Ashlyn Laliberte, 19, of Main Street, Canaan, were both issued court summons on charges of minor in possession of liquor, he said.

The Water Street apartment is known to officers because of prior complaints, Rumsey said. Officers have responded to the residence at least 10 times this year for complaints about domestic disputes, civil issues and harassment, as well as other calls, he said.

Peter McGuire — 861-9239

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