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Three Fryeburg police on leave, under investigation following anonymous letter

5:10 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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FRYEBURG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Fryeburg Police Chief and two reserve officers are on paid administrative leave as a Portland law firm investigates their possible involvement in a Labor Day weekend party, that may have involved underage drinking.

According to Town Manager Sharon Jackson, an anonymous letter was sent last week containing photographs from a Labor Day weekend party and a number of allegations.

The letter accuses Police Chief Phil Weymouth of supplying alcohol to the party, and taking beers for himself before leaving.

It goes on to state that reserve officers Andrew Ward and Dale Stout attended the party, allowing and even encouraging underage drinking.

Photographs show the officers posing for a picture at the party. There is also a photograph of a woman on top of a Fryeburg police cruiser.

Jackson said Chief Weymouth denies being at the party, and the two officers deny any wrong doing.

She said Stout and Ward were responding to a call, but there is not a record of any arrests or action taken as a result of that call.

All three are on paid adminstrative leave as a Portland law firm investigates the allegations.

"It's surprising, it's troubling," said Jackson.

"With anonymous allegations, you have no one to question, so we felt it owuld be best to bring in an outside agency to come in and do the investigation so that they could get to the truth."

While the department may be down three men, Jackson said proper police coverage will continue.

NEWS CENTER

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