January 25

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DeGraaf said there have been strong landings because of a healthier fishery. She said that’s the result of intensive management efforts during the past five years and favorable environmental conditions.

The rules allow draggers to fish different areas on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Divers will be able to fish different areas on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Minot man pleads insanity after rampage, police chase

A Minot man accused of going on a rampage in which he torched his own home as well as his estranged wife’s home before getting involved in a high-speed chase with police has pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

A lawyer for Michael Callahan, 45, said Thursday his client was taking more than a dozen prescribed medications for his deteriorating physical health due to multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety and paranoia about his failing marriage at the time of the rampage last May.

Callahan is facing charges including attempted murder and three counts of arson, the Sun Journal reported.

Prosecutors say as well as burning the homes, Callahan was involved in a high-speed chase with police and even tried to run down a deputy at one point.


School board announces superintendent candidate

The Falmouth School Board announced Friday it has a candidate for superintendent.

Geoff Bruno, executive director of curriculum, instruction and accountability for the Saugus, Mass., school system, was the only candidate selected by the school board.

Parents and community members can meet Bruno when he visits Falmouth on Jan. 29. He will meet with the public at 4:30 p.m in the Falmouth Elementary School Library.

“Due to a combination of factors, including the high standards set by the school committee, only one individual will be brought before the public at this time,” Andrew Kinley, the board’s chairman, said in a public message announcing Bruno’s visit.

Outgoing Superintendent Barbara Powers announced her retirement in October.

She served the district for 16 years, the last five in the top post.

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