|FYI — November 2002|
|By Brad Dunn|
Territorial tensions had escalated between the competing lobstermen and their crews, and each accused the other of stealing equipment and sabotaging lines. According to the Associated Press, on the day of the shootout, Thomas Van Salisbury claims that he and his brother Richard were pulling lobster traps onto their boat, the Heather Ann, about ten miles off Manasquan Inlet when Horvath's boat, the Baby Doll, pulled up beside them. After a shouting match between the crews, Thomas Van Salisbury said Horvath emerged from his cabin with a shotgun and fired three times. He also said his brother returned the fire with a semiautomatic rifle. Horvath's attorney, however, claims it was Richard Van Salisbury who fired the first shot. Apparently the shootout wasn't the end of the feud: In the weeks following the altercation, both lobster boats were damaged in suspicious fires.
Horvath was indicted by a grand jury in August; the delay between the indictment and the incident was due to a dearth of witnesses and the World Trade Center attacks. A trial date had not been set at presstime.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.