Garland lawmaker accused of threats, carrying gun

8:39 AM, May 22, 2011   |    comments
Frederick Wintle
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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) -- Maine House Speaker Robert Nutting says he's "deeply troubled" by the arrest of a state lawmaker accused of pointing a handgun at a newspaper photographer.

Police say Republican Rep. Frederick Ladd Wintle of Garland was charged Saturday with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Nutting said Sunday that Wintle's electronic badge privileges have been revoked and that he's asking that Wintle be barred from the State House as a condition of bail.

The confrontation happened in a Dunkin Donuts parking lot in Waterville.

Morning Sentinel photographer Michael Seamans told the newspaper he'd never seen Wintle before, and wasn't carrying his camera.

The newspaper said Wintle had been demonstrating increasingly erratic behavior and was kicked out of the hotel in which he was staying in Augusta.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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