The Bangor newspaper and police department *weren’t* pranked by Troy McClure

From today’s Bangor Daily News:

A Romenesko reader writes: “‘Troy McClure’ witnesses assault outside of Motel 6 in Bangor Maine. You’d think the BDN [Bangor Daily News] reporters (or cops) would be Simpsons fans…..”

I called Sgt. Tim Cotton and he assures us the cops and newspaper weren’t pranked. “It actually is Troy McClure. We know him pretty well. He’s been arrested before, but he did a good thing that night.”

* Troy McClure is presented a Bangor Police Department Challenge Coin (
* “Hi, I”m Troy McClure” (