Articles by Chris Williams

Buddy Robinson appears in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Friday during his sentencing for the murder of 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire.

Man who killed 22-year-old Lewiston woman to serve 55 years in prison

By Chris Williams on Oct. 18, 2013, at 11:54 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man was sentenced Friday to 55 years in prison in the 2011 slaying of 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire. Buddy Robinson, 32, was convicted of murder at trial in Androscoggin County Superior Court nearly a year ago. Fesmire’s remains weren’t recovered until two months later. Fesmire disappeared …
Former race horse Knotty.

Lisbon Falls horse’s fate left to Freeport veterinarian

By Chris Williams on Oct. 16, 2013, at 6:07 p.m.
AUBURN | A Freeport veterinarian is expected to settle a long-simmering dispute between a retired race horse’s current and former owners over whether he should be euthanized. An Androscoggin County Superior Court judge ordered Wednesday that the plaintiffs in a civil suit hire Thomas Judd to review the reports …
Todd Gendron from Gendron & Gendron uses his excavator to demolish the building on Blake Street in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon after Monday's devastating fire that destroyed three buildings, displacing 35 families.

Judge orders suppression of Lewiston boy’s arson confession

By Chris Williams on Oct. 16, 2013, at 12:34 p.m.
A judge on Wednesday ordered that a confession made by a 13-year-old local boy charged with three counts of arson in connection with a rash of apartment building fires in the city’s downtown last spring be suppressed. Eighth District Court Judge Rick Lawrence ruled on a motion …

Auburn man indicted after allegedly threatening, shouting slurs in racially charged incident

By Chris Williams on Oct. 10, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
A city man charged in a civil suit with violating Maine’s Civil Rights Act faces criminal charges in a July incident in which he is accused of spewing racial epithets, beating the victim’s car and throwing objects at him. An Androscoggin County grand jury handed up an …

Conn. man charged with manslaughter in Turner egg farm shooting

By Chris Williams on Oct. 09, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.
AUBURN | A Connecticut man faces a manslaughter charge stemming from the August shooting of a Lewiston man at a Turner egg farm. An Androscoggin County Grand Jury handed up the indictment Wednesday for Michael Warbin, 44, of Franklin, Conn. on the Class A felony charge, which is punishable …
Lewiston fire Capt. Richard Cailler is first on scene at a major fire on Pierce and Bartlett streets in Lewiston earlier this year.

Boy accused of arson in massive Lewiston fire likely to challenge competency to stand trial

By Chris Williams on Oct. 05, 2013, at 7:02 a.m.
A 13-year-old boy charged with arson in a fire that destroyed four downtown apartment buildings and displaced roughly 100 people this past spring is expected to challenge his competency to stand trial. Prosecutors filed a motion in July to determine the boy’s competency, which appears to be …
Joseph Casalinova announced in June 2013 that Casalinova Development Group planned to build an 80- to 120-room hotel across the street from the Oxford Casino. Casalinova is being sued by Mechanics Savings Bank for non-repayment of a $3.5 million loan.

Oxford developer sued by bank over $3.5 million loan

By Chris Williams on Oct. 03, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
AUBURN | An Oxford developer who is poised to break ground on a hotel and conference center near the Oxford Casino is embroiled in a legal dispute with an Auburn bank that loaned his company millions of dollars. One of Joseph Casalinova’s companies, Building Solutions, of Oxford, secured a …
Raikuez Melchoirre listens to Justice Robert Clifford in Androscoggin County Superior Court in August 2012, where he was asking to change his plea.

Lewiston stabbing suspect freed after plea deal

By Chris Williams on Sept. 24, 2013, at 8:05 p.m.
AUBURN | One day after his mistrial, Raikuez Melchoirre was freed from jail, where he’d spent more than two years awaiting trial in connection with a 2011 stabbing. Melchoirre agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to a charge of aggravated assault, a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 …
Raikuez Melchoirre listens to Justice Robert Clifford in Androscoggin County Superior Court in August 2012, where he was asking to change his plea.

Mistrial declared in Lewiston stabbing case

By Chris Williams on Sept. 23, 2013, at 4:36 p.m.
AUBURN | A mistrial was declared in the Raikuez Melchoirre stabbing trial after three days of deadlocked jury deliberation. A jury of six men and six women began deliberations on Thursday afternoon in the 2011 case, and by Monday afternoon they reported to the judge in Androscoggin County Superior …

Auburn man faces civil complaint, accused of racial slurs during confrontation

By Chris Williams on Sept. 14, 2013, at 6:31 a.m.
State prosecutors filed a civil complaint against a local man under the Maine Civil Rights Act after he reportedly smashed into the car of an Auburn man, called him racial slurs, threw objects at him and beat on his car. On July 11, Matthew Wooten Jr., 19, …

Lisbon man, convicted of attempted murder after ramming police cruiser with dump truck, seeks new trial

By Chris Williams on Sept. 11, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.
PORTLAND | A Lisbon man is hoping the state’s highest court will vacate his conviction for trying to kill Auburn police by ramming a dump truck into a cruiser during a high-speed chase in 2008. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, acting as the law court, heard oral arguments on …

Auburn runner shows Maine history of sport

By Christopher Williams, Sun Journal on Sept. 08, 2013, at 9:06 a.m.
Long before Joan Benoit Samuelson ran into the record books by winning the 1984 Summer Olympics marathon, her native Maine had established itself as a breeding ground for distance runners, as well as their proving grounds. So said Thomas C. Bennett, who lives in this city and …
Cleveland Cruthirds listens to Assistant District Attorney Patricia Reynolds Regan list bail conditions sought for Cruthirds at Lewiston District Court on Wednesday.

Lewiston man sentenced to 22 years for stabbing former girlfriend

By Chris Williams on Aug. 30, 2013, at 2:48 p.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man was sentenced on Friday to 28 years in prison, with all but 22 suspended, plus four years of probation in the stabbing of his former girlfriend. Cleveland Cruthirds was convicted last week of felony elevated aggravated assault for the stabbing of Naomi Swift, 23, …

Leeds woman claims she was fired for hearing impairment

By Chris Williams on Aug. 30, 2013, at 7:17 a.m.
WATERVILLE | An investigator at a state agency found there is reason to believe the employer of a hearing-impaired woman from Leeds discriminated against her on the basis of her disability. Agnes Farnsworth worked at Kennebec Valley Community Action Program where she drove as a volunteer for 17 years …
Brian Morin

Lewiston arson suspect ordered for psych exam for third time

By Chris Williams on Aug. 28, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.
AUBURN | A judge has ordered a Lewiston man charged with arson in Lewiston fires last spring to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta a third time for a psychological evaluation. Brian Morin, 30, of 35 Jefferson St. is at Androscoggin County Jail awaiting a bed at the state hospital …
Carrie Richardson

Harpswell woman charged with embezzling from Lewiston hotel

By Chris Williams on Aug. 24, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
AUBURN | A Harpswell woman who pleaded not guilty to stealing $80,000 from the Ramada Inn in Lewiston is being held on $250,000 cash bail. Carrie Richardson, 38, was indicted by an Androscoggin County grand jury earlier this month on a felony count of theft by unauthorized taking, a …

Sabattus man again appeals his murder conviction

By Chris Williams on Aug. 22, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
AUBURN | A Sabattus man who murdered his ex-girlfriend in 2005 is again seeking to have the state’s high court vacate his 2007 conviction in a bid for a new trial. Daniel Roberts, 44, failed in his efforts to have his trial judge throw out his conviction after his …

‘Competency’ of man charged in recent Lewiston arsons kept him out of court after 2008 fire

By Chris Williams on Aug. 05, 2013, at 11:49 a.m.
AUBURN | Bryan Wood was charged with arson in 2008. A year later, the charge was dropped and he was released after a judge found he wasn’t competent — due to mental retardation, now called intellectual disability disorder — to stand trial, and his status wasn’t likely to change. …

Lewiston man gets time-served for burglaries, apology for months jailed on probation violation

By Chris Williams on Aug. 01, 2013, at 7:05 a.m.
AUBURN | A judge apologized Wednesday to a Lewiston man before sentencing him to time served and a year of probation on five burglary charges. “You slipped through the cracks,” Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy told Daniel Ouellette. Kennedy said the fact that Ouellette sat in jail …
Bryan Wood

Competency of Lewiston man charged in arson in question

By Chris Williams on July 31, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man’s competency to stand trial for three counts of arson in a May 6 fire in downtown Lewiston is scheduled to be argued in court Thursday. A judge ruled Tuesday that certain mental health records for Bryan Wood, 23, of 131 Bartlett St. could be …
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