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Lobsterman Granted Limited Access to Matinicus 

Catherine Pegram

A lobsterman from Matinicus Island accused of shooting another lobsterman in a turf war can now return to the island, but only on a limited basis. 68-year-old Vance Bunker was ordered off the island after a shooting in July. Today a judge ruled he can go back again, only to retrieve lobster gear and only when accompanied by a Maine Marine Patrol officer or other law enforcement officer. Bunker also pleaded not guilty today to four charges. He faces two counts of elevated aggravated assault against lobsterman Chris Young – the man who was shot in the turf tussle. Bunker’s also charged with criminal threatening and reckless conduct against another man, Weston Ames.