Eight students received court summonses last weekend after several separate off-campus incidents that occurred late Saturday night and shortly after midnight on Sunday. Brunswick Police Department (BPD) issued summonses to two 21-year-old students for allowing a minor to consume liquor and to six students under the age of 21 for possession of alcohol by a minor or consuming liquor.
No arrests were made. All eight students’ court dates are set for December 18.
According to BPD Commander Mark Waltz, BPD officers were called to two off-campus student residences, one near Maine Street and Richards Drive and another at Harpswell Road and Bowker Street, due to noise complaints. Officers returning from the call to Richards Drive also encountered two under-21-year-old students on Maine Street who were allegedly carrying containers of alcohol.
Additionally, the residence at Bowker Street was issued its second disorderly house notice of the calendar year. Under Brunswick’s disorderly house notice, passed in 2008 and updated in 2017, a residence can be considered disorderly if it is causing problems for neighbors. If a property receives three disorderly citations in a period of 270 days, the landlord will be subject to a fine.
Waltz said that, in this case, the house had received a citation this spring while it was home to different residents—but the ordinance goes by property, not by who is living there.
He added that students who want to stay out of trouble should focus on being good neighbors.
“If there’s a moral to the story, if you’re out in the neighborhood, you really want to be quiet after 9 p.m.,” Waltz said.