June 18, 2018
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Maine lawmaker's actions to be scrutinized

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The House Ethics Committee will meet Monday to determine if a Maine lawmaker should be penalized for allegedly mistreating police when he was summonsed for possession of illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Rep. Richard Sykes tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the committee will look at whether Rep. Richard Blanchard of Old Town attempted to influence two state fire marshals and a game warden who showed up at Blanchard’s camp in Enfield.

According to a fire marshal report, Blanchard was visibly intoxicated, verbally abusive and told the officers that he was a state representative and that they were making a mistake.

Blanchard says he will accept the committee’s recommendations. He has already paid a $70 fine on the fireworks charge.

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