March 8, 2013

Dispatches

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"(We) would rather not put on an event that doesn't reflect well on the town -- or worse, is unsafe -- and have decided to call off Summerfest for this year," Plante said.

Over the years, Plante said, there have been several iterations of the summer festival, called Old Home Days, Julyfest, Summerfest I and Summerfest II.

The festival, he said, "has a history of running for a few years, burning people out, going away for a couple of years and coming back."

Held in June, the daylong event has included a pancake breakfast, a parade, carnival rides, musical performances and fireworks.

"Taking a year or two off may be beneficial, allowing some new ideas to bubble up, and maybe Summerfest III will be the charm," Plante said.

ORONO

Police officer fired after arrest for drunken driving

Orono police say an officer has been fired after being arrested on a drunken driving charge.

A Hancock County sheriff's deputy arrested Officer Joshua Gunn late Friday night in Dedham, where his car had gone off Route 1A.

WZON radio in Bangor says Gunn, 30, has lost his job as an Orono police officer as a result.

Police Chief Gary Douket said Gunn was hired in November and previously was a Hampden officer.

He is to be arraigned on the drunken driving charge April 2.

NEWCASTLE

Neighbors hope to save 1730-era house from razing

Some residents of Newcastle are fighting plans to tear down what they say may be the oldest house in Lincoln County.

The house is said to date to 1730, but has been vacant for two years.

The new owner wants to tear it down and start over.

Neighbor Mic Lebel tells WCSH-TV the house is an important part of their local history and should be saved. Lebel says some neighbors are talking about raising money to move the house and restore it.

Real estate agent Bob Whear says the house is rotted underneath and in bad shape. Whear says the new owner wants to use the old beams and boards to make the new house.

There is also concern construction will disturb a nearby eagle's nest.

STATEWIDE

Fishermen may be cheating on quotas, news report says

Regulators say they're worried that fishermen are cheating by fishing in one area, then claiming the catch is from another.

New England fisheries are divided into different management areas, with different catch allocations for each area. For instance, there are separate catch quotas for cod in Georges Bank and for cod in the adjacent Gulf of Maine.

The Cape Cod Times reports some regulators believe fishermen are catching fish in areas where they have small allocations, but reporting they were caught in areas where their allocations are larger.

They say catch reports on some boats aren't matching satellite tracking of their location.

Regulators say misreporting undermines efforts to protect fish that swim and spawn in specific areas.

Industry advocates don't believe the practice is widespread but are working to eliminate it.

FAIRFIELD

Woman with criminal record of church thefts is arrested

Police say a Belgrade woman with a history of stealing from churches has been charged with stealing from yet another one.

Investigators say Sarah Runnion-Bareford, 36, was charged Wednesday with felony theft for allegedly stealing a bank bag containing $2,100 from United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

Police say she snatched the bag after going into the office area Monday and asking to speak to the pastor. She was later identified in a photo lineup.

Runnion-Bareford has previously been convicted of stealing $10,000 worth of paintings from a church in Boothbay Harbor and $100 from a member of a Richmond church. She was also once accused of stealing $900 worth of holiday gift cards from a Gorham church.

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