Man Charged with Cutting 22 Lobster Traps 

A Cushing man has been charged with cutting lobster traps.According to the Maine Marine Patrol, a surveillance unit witnessed 31-year-old Heath Yeaton cut 22 traps in two separate areas near Cushing and Friendship.The Marine Patrol seized Yeaton’s boat and charged him with two counts of trap molesting.Trap molesting is a civil violation, but a conviction carries a mandatory three year loss of lobster and crab fishing license and the ability to assist any lobster license holder as a crew member.Because of recent lobster fishing disputes, including the shooting of a lobsterman on Matinicus Island and the sinking of boats in Owls Head, the Marine Patrol has been conducting surveillance efforts throughout the midcoast.