Law Enforcement Steps Up Patrol, Anticipates Chickenfest 

Maine Law Enforcement agencies are teaming up in the hopes of preventing an annual party involving underage drinking and drug use.State Police and the Warden Service are asking Mainers to look out for suspicious activity they say could be a sign of a dangerous party.The party is known as Chickenfest, an event originally thrown by UMaine students. Police are stepping up efforts to shutdown the part after a young man committed suicide at the event in Howland last year.The warden service said between clean up and search efforts, last years chickenfest cost tax payers about $30,000. Law enforcement believe there is no security at these events and younger children get mixed up with the wrong crowd. “We get reports of assaults, crimes that have been committed, sexual assaults. There’s underage drinking that goes on. It’s a very unsafe situation,” said Lt. Wesley Hussey with the Maine State Police.Maine Warden Service Sgt. Ron Dunham said, “Any large gather of young people. Any traffic abnormalities going on by their houses. All they have to do is make the call and it may save someone’s life.”Officials said if you notice any abnormal activities over the next month to make an anonymous tip.You can text the word penquis to the number 274637 or contact your local police station.