July 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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State's top fisheries official will meet with lobstermen

Maine's top fisheries official will meet with lobstermen this month to discuss how the lobster-fishing season is progressing.

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said he's holding four open meetings in July to hear from lobstermen, share information and discuss ideas about the future of Maine's lobster industry.

The meetings are scheduled for July 9 in Rockland, July 11 in Machias, July 16 in Ellsworth and July 17 in Scarborough.

Lobster by far is Maine's most valuable fishery, but it's been hampered in recent years by low prices brought on by huge catches. Maine fishermen last year caught a record 126 million pounds of lobster but received only $2.69 a pound on average, the lowest since 1994.

 

Maine Republican Party to hold firearms fundraiser

The Maine Republican Party is raising money in an unconventional way -- by holding a firearms training class for people who want to get concealed weapons permits.

The party is holding a class complete with breakfast, lunch and door prizes on July 13 at the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine in Augusta. The party's charging $150, or $185 including a reception at the end of the day.

The class is being held a month after the Legislature voted down a Republican-backed bill seeking to repeal a requirement that people have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Maine law allows people to carry a gun without a permit as long as the gun remains visible. But residents have to apply for a concealed-weapon permit to carry a weapon hidden from view.

HEBRON

Redneck games returning to Brooks' farm Aug. 1-4

The Redneck games will be held in Hebron for the third successive year.

The town's selectmen granted a mass-gathering permit for organizer Harold Brooks last week.

The games drew about 2,700 people to Brooks' farm last year, who watched and competed in events including bobbing for pigs' feet, toilet-seat horseshoes, lawn mower races and a pie-eating contest.

The Sun Journal reported that about the same number of people are expected this year.

A demolition derby, live music and a beer tent are also planned for this year's event, scheduled for Aug. 1-4. Some proceeds will go to charity.

The games were originally dubbed the Redneck Olympics, but are now officially known as the Redneck Blank because the real Olympics threatened to sue.

CLIFTON

Route 9 motorcycle crash leaves man, woman dead

Police say two people died in a motorcycle crash in Clifton.

Penobscot County Chief Deputy Troy Morton said a man and a woman were killed when their motorcycle struck a guard rail on Route 9 eastbound at about 6 p.m. Sunday. He said speed appears to be a factor.

No names were released.

Morton said a witness reported that the motorcycle was speeding and passing other vehicles when it lost control on a curve, went into the oncoming lane and struck the guardrail. Both riders were thrown and pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither victim was wearing a helmet.

The accident remains under investigation.

PROSPECT

Man shot during fight recovering at hospital

Police are investigating a weekend shooting in Prospect that sent a 34-year-old man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

The Waldo County Sheriff's Department said the victim had a fight with his girlfriend Friday night and went to stay at a relative's house but decided to return to his girlfriend's home early Saturday morning.

Chief Deputy Jeffrey Trafton said a fight ensued when the man discovered another man at his girlfriend's home. The other man, who is 48 and from Brewer, told investigators that he pulled out a .38-caliber gun and fired because his head was being smashed against the floor.

Trafton said the victim is recovering at Eastern Maine Medical Center. No charges have been filed and names have not been released.

 

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