August 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Reusch, who was arrested Aug. 8, is out on bail and under orders to have no contact with girls under 16.

Police confiscated Reusch's computer and other electronic material as part of the investigation.

Police told The Times Record they think the suspect may have sent inappropriate images to others and asked those people to come forward.


Two men found guilty of illegally fishing for baby eels

A Maine judge has found two men guilty of illegally fishing for lucrative baby eels.

A Belfast District Court judge on Tuesday found 41-year-old Ralph Fowler Jr. of Franklin and 49-year-old George Trundy of Hancock guilty of fishing for the eels, known as elvers, without a license on Goose River in Belfast. The men claimed they were fishing for smelts.

Fowler and Trundy were arrested in April on the same day that fishing for elvers without a license became a criminal offense in Maine.

WABI-TV reports that the men were fined $4,250 each but weren't given any jail time.

Poaching has been a problem in Maine the past two years after elver prices skyrocketed to $2,000 a pound.


Old bridge plaques restored for new bridge for $300,000

Three plaques, a monument and eagle statue once part of the original Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine have been restored at a cost of about $300,000.

For now, the iron plaques are being shown at the Portsmouth Historical Society. They will end up near the new Memorial Bridge, which was officially opened on Aug. 8.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the smallest plaque from the 1920s recognizes the American Bridge Co. and original bridge designer J.A.L. Waddell. The medium-sized plaque recognizes local dignitaries and engineers

The largest plaque features the many politicians and engineers who helped to make the bridge a reality.


Former Brownfield resident, struck and killed by car

A 69-year-old man who had recently moved from Maine has been struck and killed by a car while walking across a West Brookfield street.

Police say Robert Herrie Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck while crossing Route 9 at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Police say he was from Brownfield, Maine, but neighbors tell The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester that he had recently moved into a nearby apartment complex because his son lived in town.

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