March 21, 2013

In Maine feud over dirt road, medieval-style ax is brandished

The Associated Press

SUMNER — A Maine man involved in a feud with another family over access to a dirt road has been charged with threatening a neighbor with a medieval-style ax.

Benjamin Stewart of Sumner, a member of a Renaissance and Middle Ages re-enactment group, was held on $1,000 bail after being charged Wednesday with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Police say the 26-year-old Stewart threatened Richard Pothier.

The Sun Journal reports Pothier said he reached for his gun and Stewart backed off.

Both men called police.

Stewart's mother and stepfather, Nicole and Richard Lutz, have been feuding with the Pothier family over the road in the western Maine town. The Lutzes say the road is theirs, and closed to the public. The Pothiers say the public has the right to use the road.

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