- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) - Winslow police have charged a man for allegedly making up a story about a 9-year-old girl falling into the Kennebec River during holiday celebrations.

Police say 32-year-old Jon Duffy, a volunteer at the Winslow Family 4th of July Celebration, told police around 2 p.m. Saturday that two young siblings had fallen into the river and he’d helped the boy out, but a 9-year-old girl floated downstream.

Lt. Josh Veilleux tells the Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/VS9T5l ) the man’s report prompted an hour-long search using search-and-rescue boats, personal watercraft and police officers checking up and down the riverbank.

Police say Duffy’s story didn’t hold up and he eventually acknowledged the hoax.

He was released on $500 bail after being charged with misdemeanor filing a false public alarm or report.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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