May 9, 2013

Maine/New England Dispatches

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FREEPORT

L.L. Bean announces lineup for summer music series

Nationally known singer-songwriters Matt Nathanson, Tristan Prettyman and Joshua Radin, along with folk-pop band The Head and The Heart are among the announced headliners at this year's L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series.

The schedule so far includes:

July 4: Matt Nathanson, followed by fireworks

July 6 : Amy Allen, Endless Interstate and Pete Kilpatrick Band

July 20: North of Nashville and Lake Street Dive

Aug. 3: The Head and the Heart

Aug. 10: Guster

Aug. 17: Tristan Prettyman

Aug. 31: Joshua Radin

The free concerts will be held in Discovery Park near the L.L. Bean main store. All start at 7:30 p.m

PARIS

Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

A Buckfield man charged with sexually assaulting two young girls has pleaded not guilty.

The Sun Journal reports that Gary Noyes was freed on $25,000 cash bail and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims or any children under 16 years of age at an appearance Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court.

According to an affidavit by a Maine State Police detective, one of the alleged victims reported in November that Noyes had sexually assaulted her and another girl from 2007 to 2011, when both were juveniles.

Noyes, 43, was arrested last month on charges including gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and domestic violence assault.

ENFIELD, Conn.

Board of Education members have plan to open gun store

Two Republican members of Enfield's Board of Education are planning to open a gun store.

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports board members Tom Sirard and Kevin Fealy along with a third man, Michael Brennan, plan to open the store, called "A Call to Arms" on Memorial Day weekend.

Sirard told the newspaper he understands the timing appears awkward, coming five months after the fatal shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, but says the decision had nothing to do with that tragedy. He says plans for the store have been in the works for two years.

He says the store will sell handguns, long guns, ammunition, and accessories and will have a section dedicated to products made in the U.S. It will not include a range.

BARNSTABLE, Mass.

Ex-camp counselor in court over 1981 sex-assault charges

A Pennsylvania man charged with sexually assaulting youths at a Cape Cod camp while he was a counselor in 1981 has appeared in court with his new lawyer.

The Cape Cod Times reports attorney Allison MacLellan said outside court Wednesday the case against her client isn't open-and-shut. She said authorities were under pressure to arrest someone, since other suspects had died.

Sixty-five-year-old Richard P. Smith of Media, Pa., pleaded not guilty last month to charges including rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Prosecutors began investigating alleged abuse at Camp Good News in Sandwich two years ago after then-Sen. Scott Brown wrote in a memoir he'd been molested at a Christian summer camp in the 1970s. Camp Good News later confirmed Brown attended there and apologized.

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