Acquitted fisherman’s automobile vandalized

Posted April 07, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.

MATINICUS PLANTATION, Maine — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of vandalism to a Matinicus Island fisherman’s truck.

Edwin Vance Bunker’s pickup truck was spray-painted while it was parked at the Matinicus airstrip, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.

Bunker, 68, recently was acquitted of charges related to an incident last summer in which he shot a fellow lobster fisherman after a continuing dispute over fishing territory.

Dennison said there is a suspect and that Detective Reginald Walker is investigating the case. No other information was released Wednesday.

Bunker was acquitted last month of two counts of elevated aggravated assault, criminal threatening and reckless conduct after a jury trial in Knox County Superior Court.

Sheriff’s Office officials did not say whether the incidents were linked.