November 22, 2013

Game wardens weigh charges in Old Orchard hunting case

Two hunters, including a town councilor, allegedly fired shots close to a woman’s house and nearly hit her.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Maine game wardens are still trying to decide whether to file charges against two men who allegedly fired their guns close to a home while they were deer hunting Wednesday in Old Orchard Beach.

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The bullethole in Toni Macquinn’s backyard fence in Old Orchard Beach where a stray bullet from a hunter’s rifle pierced the fence Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

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Toni Macquinn stands with her dogs Sailor and Marina in the backyard of her Old Orchard Beach home Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in the same spot where she was nearly hit by stray bullets from a hunter’s rifle.

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Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald said no charges were filed Thursday, but he expected a decision within a few days.

According to a resident of the area off Cascade Road, the two men were in a field near her home Wednesday morning and fired three shots. She said two shots hit a fence next to her home.

It’s against state law for a hunter to fire within 100 yards of a home, a law adopted 25 years ago after a high-profile incident in which a Hermon woman was killed on her porch by a shot fired by a hunter.

The two hunters involved in the incident Wednesday have been identified as Kenneth Blow, a partner in the Blow Bros. portable toilet business, who was recently elected to the Old Orchard Beach Town Council, and Tim Swenson, a local developer.

Neither Blow nor Swenson returned several phone calls Wednesday or Thursday.

MacDonald said game wardens have statements from Toni Macquinn, the homeowner who reported the incident; Blow; Swenson; and other witnesses, whom he declined to identify.

He also declined to say whether the hunters were using shotguns or rifles. MacDonald said he believes that the town of Old Orchard Beach prohibits the use of rifles in hunting. Old Orchard Beach police did not return several messages Thursday.

Deer hunting season began for Maine residents on Nov. 2 and ends Nov. 30.

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Two of the bulletholes, at bottom left and top right, in Toni Macquinn’s fence at her Old Orchard Beach home after a hunter’s stray bullets nearly missed hitting her in her backyard Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

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