Ethics Meeting Over Old Town Rep.’s 4th of July Incident 

The House Ethics Committee will hear testimony next week in the case of a Maine lawmaker accused of improperly trying to exert influence when he was summonsed for possession of illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July.The committee met briefly on Monday in Augusta to establish ground rules. It reconvenes on Aug. 18, when witnesses will testify.Rep. Richard Blanchard of Old Town has come under fire for his actions when two fire marshals and a game warden who showed up at his camp in Enfield. A report says he identified himself as a state lawmaker and told the officers they were making a mistake.His attorney, Jerry Conley Jr. of Portland, says witnesses for Blanchard will give a different account of what happened.