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Minors face alcohol charges after party at school board chairman’s home

A son of the Concord-Carlisle School Committee’s chairman threw a small party at his parents’ household in Carlisle, during which two minors — one of whom was taken to a hospital — were charged with alcohol-related offenses, police said.

Chairman Louis Salemy and his wife were home on the evening of Oct. 19 when their son, who has not been identified by police because he is a juvenile, had between 12 and 15 high school friends at his home on Concord Street around 9:14 p.m., according to Carlisle police Lieutenant Leo Crowe. The party-goers were all underage.

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Crowe said Salemy and his wife did not know alcohol was present at the party. They called police when they discovered one of the youths was in need of medical attention, and upon discovering that alcohol was involved at the gathering.

A minor was then taken by ambulance to a hospital because of excessive consumption of alcohol, Crowe said, adding that the minor will be charged with underage possession of alcohol. Another minor, who police did not identify, provided the alcohol and will also be charged.

The Salemy parents were not charged, Crowe said. Calls to the household Wednesday night were not returned.

“I’m not even sure how much alcohol was in the house,” Crowe said. “I have no idea how the child [charged with providing the alcohol] got the alcohol. Most of the party attendees were gone by the time we arrived.”

Calls placed to Salemy’s colleagues on the School Committee were also not returned.

A neighbor who asked to have her name withheld said she saw police and emergency vehicles outside the Salemy home that evening.

“I do kind of believe that the parents didn’t know,” she said. “He’s on the School Committee for one thing. We haven’t really seen anything the kids have done that would be bad or anything like that.”

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