There's not much news in Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. The weekly newspaper, which I enjoy and which a friend and colleague writes for, is a pretty quick read. One of the parts of the paper I always at least skim is the "Police Beat" column. As is pretty standard, I suppose, these are short items picked up from police reports the during the previous week. Reassuringly, most of these items are completely trivial: the paper will often print who got speeding tickets that week, and occasionally report on non-events such as someone calling the police because they thought something was stolen from their house and then calling back 15 minutes later to say that they were mistaken and that the supposedly stolen object has been found. This stuff actually gets printed.
Today, though, something new: there was a brief mention of someone who was given a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. Surely, even in Bar Harbor, something more important is going on.
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