Articles by Chris Williams

 
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Turner man loses high court appeal in wife’s murder

By Chris Williams on July 30, 2013, at 6:42 p.m.
The state’s highest court upheld a lower court ruling Tuesday letting stand the sentence of a Turner man convicted of murder in his wife’s 2010 slaying. An attorney for Brian Nichols, 48, argued before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in May that the trial court erred when it failed to …

Lewiston slaying suspect arrested after he was found working at carnival in Mass.

By Chris Williams on July 26, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man charged in the April murder of 20-year-old Romeo Parent was arrested Thursday in Beverly, Mass. Sebastian Moody, 22, of 135 Bartlett St., was caught in large part because he landed himself a job at a carnival, police said. Moody was indicted by an Androscoggin …
Randolph Nutter, left, talks with his lawyer, Verne Paradie Jr., prior to pleading to robbery, burglary, and theft in connection with a police standoff at the Shaw's in Auburn last November.

Mechanic Falls man pleads guilty to standoff-related charges in Auburn

By Chris Williams on July 25, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.
A Mechanic Falls man who snatched a woman’s purse then held police at bay for four hours at Shaw’s Plaza parking lot during rush hour pleaded guilty Thursday to related charges. Randolph Nutter, 46, appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court where he admitted to robbery, theft and …

Judge OKs use of DNA, statements in Lewiston attempted murder trial

By Chris Williams on July 24, 2013, at 6:28 a.m.
AUBURN | A judge sided largely with prosecutors on a flurry of motions heard three weeks prior to a Lewiston man’s scheduled trial on aggravated attempted murder and other related charges in the 2011 stabbing of a Lewiston woman in her apartment. Active-Retired Justice Robert Clifford ruled Monday that …

Attorney moves to suppress tape where boy, 12, admits to setting Lewiston fire

By Chris Williams on July 23, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
A then-12-year-old city boy confessed to police and again to his mother in a videotape shown in court on Monday that he set a fire on the back porch of 109 Blake St. on April 29. Brody Covey, now 13, was shown in a local police interview …
Fire consumes an apartment building at 111 Blake Street in Lewiston in April 2013. Prosecutors decided Thursday they would not seek to have a 13-year-old Lewiston boy tried as an adult on arson charges for the fire that burned the three downtown Lewiston buildings and left 75 people homeless.

Lewiston boy won’t be tried as adult for arson

By Chris Williams on July 18, 2013, at 7:56 p.m.
AUBURN | Prosecutors decided Thursday they would not seek to have a 13-year-old Lewiston boy tried as an adult on arson charges in an April fire that burned three downtown Lewiston buildings and left 75 people homeless. District Attorney Norman Croteau said Thursday he had reviewed the fire investigator’s …
Nathan Morton

Judge denies bail to Greene man charged with murder

By Chris Williams on July 17, 2013, at 5:47 a.m.
AUBURN | A judge on Tuesday denied bail to a Greene man who is charged with murder in the April slaying of Romeo Parent. Nathan Morton, 24, was in Androscoggin County Superior Court for a hearing. His attorney, George Hess, argued that Morton could be released from Androscoggin County …

Lewiston scam victims sentenced for criminal threatening with firearm

By Chris Williams on July 11, 2013, at 1:39 p.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston couple who were victims of a counterfeit scam will spend time behind bars for threatening the man who passed them the bogus money. Dennis Moore, 35, and Shunte Jones, 33, were sentenced Thursday in Androscoggin County Superior Court for their respective roles in a crime …
Andrew Bilodeau looks at the hole under a fence behind his house on River Street in Lewiston on Monday afternoon where last Friday he pulled an unconscious young boy from the Androscoggin River, background, and up under the fence to his father who performed CPR and other lifesaving techniques that saved the boy's life.

Lewiston teen pulls drowning boy from Androscoggin River

By Chris Williams on July 09, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
Andrew Bilodeau, 14, spotted the bluish lips and nose poking through the surface of the Androscoggin River. He waded in, up to his waist, his feet sliding on rocks. He wrapped his arms around the 7-year-old boy’s belly and pulled him toward the riverbank. “I was a …
Trezjuan Thompson

Man in jail for arson, drug trafficking charged in attack on jail worker

By Chris Williams on July 02, 2013, at 5:49 a.m.
PORTLAND | A former Lewiston man awaiting transfer to federal prison punched a Cumberland County Jail corrections officer Sunday afternoon shortly after taking a shower. Two corrections officers were ready to handcuff and shackle Trezjuan Thompson, 29, for his hourlong recreation period when the maximum security inmate, who had …
Deng Mirac, right, looks on as his lawyer, Nicholas Worden, center, addresses Justice MaryGay Kennedy in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn on Thursday afternoon during Mirac's bail hearing. At left is Assistant District Attorney Lisa Bogue.

Refugee held on $100,000 bail on Maine attempted murder charge

By Chris Williams on June 28, 2013, at 6:24 a.m.
AUBURN | A Sudanese refugee charged with attempted murder failed Thursday to persuade a judge to lower his bail. Deng Mirac, 42, of Lewiston appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court, seeking to lower his cash bail from $100,000 to $5,000, according to his court-appointed attorney, Nicholas Worden. Mirac also …
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Complaints about jobless claims process come from all sides

By Chris Williams on June 14, 2013, at 7:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Among the dozens of complaints sitting in Gov. Paul LePage’s office is one that belongs to a lawyer in mid-coast Maine who wrote LePage an email that began: “You win. I give up. I can’t compete against the state of Maine.” The lawyer has a small law …
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage

Few complaints about unemployment claims said process favored workers

By Chris Williams on June 14, 2013, at 7:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage said in April he’d received “hundreds and hundreds” of complaints about Maine’s unemployment claims process, but a recent analysis by the Sun Journal found that only 30 of the nearly 400 complaints stacked on LePage’s desk since he took office in January 2011 came …
Michael Gagnier

Couple denies charges in connection with sexual assault

By Chris Williams on June 07, 2013, at 12:46 p.m.
AUBURN — A husband and wife pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from accusations that the husband sexually abused a girl over a four-year period. Michael Gagnier, 34, of Sabattus was charged in a grand jury indictment Wednesday with 38 counts of gross sexual assault and a count of …

Livermore woman pleads guilty, gets three years in theft of $25,000 in welfare benefits

By Chris Williams on June 04, 2013, at 5:44 a.m.
AUBURN | A Livermore woman who stole nearly $25,000 in state welfare benefits pleaded guilty Monday to nearly a dozen felony charges and is expected to spend five months in jail. Tiki L. Thomas, 35, of 735 River Road pleaded guilty to 10 counts of aggravated forgery and one …

Livermore woman pleads guilty to welfare fraud and theft

By Chris Williams on June 03, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.
AUBURN | A Livermore woman who stole nearly $25,000 in state welfare benefits pleaded guilty Monday to nearly a dozen felony charges and is expected to spend five months in jail. Tiki L. Thomas, 35, of 735 River Road pleaded guilty to 10 counts of aggravated forgery and one …
Michael Callahan (right) appears in Androscoggin County Superior Court with his attorney Jim Howaniec in March 2013.

Minot man faces spate of charges after allegedly setting fire to estranged wife’s home, ramming van

By Chris Williams on May 29, 2013, at 6:41 a.m.
AUBURN | Prosecutors expect to bring three arson charges against a former Minot man who remained hospitalized in Lewiston on Tuesday after a possible overdose. Michael Callahan, 44, also is expected to be charged with two counts of reckless conduct, one count of aggravated assault, violation of a protective …
Tony Leonard, left, and his attorney, Henry Griffin, listen to Assistant District Attorney Lisa Bogue during opening statements Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn. Leonard was on trial for the stabbing of Vincent Turner on Bartlett Street in Lewiston last October. After Turner took the witness stand and invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, a deal was reached between the lawyers, and Leonard was sentenced to time served.

Lewiston man walks when alleged victim of fork stabbing incident won’t talk

By Chris Williams on May 21, 2013, at 6:05 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man facing up to 30 years in prison was freed from jail Monday after the victim of a barbecue-fork stabbing — in an action rarely seen in court — invoked on the witness stand his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Most Androscoggin County courthouse workers …

Turner man appeals 40-year sentence in high court, probes sentencing law

By Chris Williams on May 17, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
PORTLAND | A Turner man sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his wife in 2010 appealed his sentence Thursday in Maine’s highest court. Attorney Adam Sherman argued before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that the trial judge in Androscoggin County Superior Court erred when he set the …
Brian Morin, 29

Lewiston men accused in third downtown fire held on $350,000 cash bail

By Chris Williams on May 13, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.
A judge on Monday ordered $350,000 cash bail each for two city men charged with three counts of arson in connection with a downtown fire a week ago. Bryan Wood, 23, of 131 Bartlett St. and transient Brian Morin, 29, appeared in 8th District Court. Judge John …
 
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