PARIS – A Boston man accused of launching a water balloon that injured a camper in Fryeburg last summer had the charge dismissed Wednesday due to lack of evidence.

Jonathan David Buell of 108A Myrtle St., was charged with reckless conduct last August after Eric A. Nelson, 26, of Manchester, N.H., reported he was hit in the eye with a water balloon while camping next to Buell.

Buell was present in the Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday for a conference on the case with his attorney, Chris Nielsen, and the state prosecutor. Neither legal representative would comment on the decision to drop the charge.

According to an affidavit by officer D. Shane Reininger of the Fryeburg Police Department, Nelson reported being hit and was treated at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital in Boston for a broken ocular bone and lacerations which required surgery.

The report said Nelson pointed out Buell’s campsite 67 feet away as the area where the balloon had come from. He seized two water balloon slingshots, a homemade water balloon cannon, an air compressor, and three “spent” water balloons that matched the remains of two water balloons found near Nelson. However, Reininger said the people at Buell’s campsite denied seeing anything and he was unable to take any statements from them.

Frederick J. Lavitman, 27, of Framingham, Mass., was charged with aggravated reckless conduct in the incident, but the charge was later dropped by the District Attorney’s Office.


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