Wednesday December 12, 2012

Missing hunter found dead in northern Maine

TOWNSHIP 11, RANGE 11, Maine (AP) -- Maine State Police says a hunter who was reported missing Sunday night has died.

Officials say 27-year-old Mark Brazier of Mapleton was reported missing after he didn't return home from a bird hunting trip on Sunday. He had gone hunting alone on Saturday and stayed overnight in the woods.

Lt. John Cote told the Bangor Daily News that Brazier was found Monday night by a family friend at the Second Musquacook Lake in Township 11, Range 11, a remote area north of Baxter State Park.

Authorities say the death isn't suspicious.

Wallet of missing Maine fisherman found

LUBEC, Maine (AP) -- A commercial fisherman has recovered the wallet belonging to another fisherman who went down with his vessel three years ago in eastern Maine.

The Marine Patrol told the Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/RnmpGw) a fisherman dragged up a wallet in Cobscook Bay last week belonging to Joseph Jones, a Trescott fisherman whose 34-foot boat sank in October 2009 while dragging for sea urchins.

The body of one of Jones' crewmen was found the next day and the body of his other crewman was found a couple months later. But there's been no sign of Jones' body since the accident.


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Officials said there are lots of fishermen now in areas of Cobscook Bay that had been closed for three years, so it's possible they might find something else connected to the accident.

Mass. panel to take initial casino bids

BOSTON (AP) -- The state panel overseeing casino gambling in has agreed to accept preliminary applications from commercial casino developers in southeastern Massachusetts.

The state's year-old casino law gives preference in that region to a federally-recognized Indian tribe. But the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which has proposed a casino in Taunton, faces several obstacles that could delay or scuttle its plan.

On Tuesday, the five-member gaming commission agreed to accept initial applications from commercial developers while still allowing time for the tribe to resolve its issues. A formal vote on the proposal is expected next week.