Maine lawmaker Resigns Amid Gun Flap 

A Maine lawmaker barred from the State House after he was charged with pulling a loaded gun on a stranger in a Waterville parking has resigned. The lawyer for Republican Rep. Frederick Wintle of Garland disclosed the resignation Tuesday at a hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court. Just last month, Wintle’s attorney Leonard Sharon said he was seeking a resolution that would get treatment for Wintle and allow him to continue to serve in the Legislature. But Sharon said Tuesday that Wintle resigned in the past week or two. Tuesday’s hearing focused on a deal under which Wintle would plead guilty to a felony, with the charge later being reduced to a misdemeanor if he meets certain conditions. There was no resolution of that deferral process because objections were raised. (AP)