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Teen alcohol arrests down in Wellesley

Posted August 18, 2007 05:16 AM

WELLESLEY

The Bad News: Fifteen young people were arrested for alcohol violations during fiscal year 2007, according to Wellesley officials.

The Good News: Thatís a big drop from the 66 who were arrested in the previous fiscal year.

Although the number of arrests have fluctuated in recent years, police said they believe the recent drop is due at least in part to a three-year-old program it conducts in conjunction with the townís Youth Commission.

The program sends officers and Youth Commission Director Maura Renzella to talk to middle school and high school students about alcohol laws and safety. Among other things, it advises them that, if they host a party while their parents are away and police find alcohol anywhere on the premises, they can be arrested even if they donít personally have alcohol in their possession.

-- Lisa Keen

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