May 25, 2018
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Disagreement between neighbors leads to road closure, police response in Levant

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

LEVANT, Maine — One neighbor was shooting a gun on his property Tuesday morning and another neighbor thought he heard his name being yelled so he got upset and called police, who blocked off Union Street, Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Cookson said afterward.

“It’s an ongoing civil disagreement between the two of them,” the trooper said, shortly after Union Street reopened to traffic.

The roadway was closed between Griffin Road and Townhouse Road in Levant as a precautionary measure, Cookson said, and reopened at about 9:40 a.m., according to a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher. One neighbor lives on Highland Drive and the other lives on Union Street, Cookson said. Neither was identified because neither was charged.

“The call came in as one neighbor reporting another shooting his gun off,” the trooper said. “The complainant said he heard his name get yelled by the [abutting neighbor].”

Because the call involved a weapon there was a heightened level of urgency, Cookson said. Deputy Chief Troy Morton, of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene along with three other deputies or detectives from his department.

Investigating police quickly found the man with the gun and determined, “he wasn’t doing anything wrong by shooting,” Cookson said, adding he asked the man to find another place to target practice, “if he didn’t mind.”

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