Friday, April 18, 2008
Police detain teens at Bog drinking party
Sgt. Kevin Cardonne put a damper on the evening’s plans for ten teenagers when he curtailed what appeared to be a drinking party at the Cranberry Bog last Friday night. The group included two girls and eight boys who ranged from just under 16 to over 19 years of age; one was from Carlisle and the remaining nine were from Concord, Wayland and Lincoln. They were held at the site while their parents were contacted to pick them up and remove their vehicles.
Not just a campfire
The Cranberry Bog is town property and is administered by the Conservation Commission. Cardonne was on a routine patrol of town property at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, when he noticed two vehicles and a red farm vehicle parked across the street from the Bog. He called Mark Duffy, manager of the cranberry operation, who confirmed that no cars should be parked in that area. The issue at this point was one of trespass: the Conservation Commission has the area posted for daytime use only and it is closed to public access after sunset. In addition, fire, alcohol, and motor vehicle access are prohibited at the Bog. The initial search for the occupants of the three trespassing vehicles ended when Cardonne saw three sets of headlights tracking across the Bog toward Curve Street and intercepted three other cars as they exited at Curve Street.
“We were just hanging out at a campfire” was the explanation given Cardonne and Officer Richard Tornquist who had come to help identify the group, but two cases of beer, including five empties, Smirnoff ice bottles and an open bottle of Bacardi rum, as well as the presence of “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about them,” led the officers to other conclusions.
The ten will be charged with trespassing, with motor vehicle trespass, and with being minors in possession of alcohol. They were advised of the pending charges and released into the custody of their parents. Police Chief John Sullivan said in an interview earlier this week that the police are “looking at the Restorative Justice program” but that a final disposition has not yet been made.” A juvenile case may be assigned to Restorative Justice when the parties involved agree to meet and abide by a mutually agreeable resolution of the offense and restitution for damages; this is an alternative to the charges, penalties and court record that characterize the regular justice system. ∆
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