CUSHING, Maine (AP) – The Maine Marine Patrol’s stepped up surveillance following lobster turf wars that erupted in a shooting on Matinicus Island has led to an arrest.

Maj. John Fetterman says a lobsterman from Cushing was given a summons Tuesday after he was observed cutting 22 traps lines belonging to a competitor. Fetterman says the suspect, 31-year-old Heath Yeaton, works with his father, 52-year-old Bradley Yeaton, also of Cushing.

The younger Yeaton, who couldn’t be reached Wednesday, faces a charge of molesting traps. It’s a civil charge, but a conviction carries a mandatory 3-year loss of a lobstering license.

Citations are unusual because it’s hard to catch someone in the act of cutting a trap line at sea. Fetterman says there are only “a handful” each year.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.