Articles by Chris Williams

 
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 …
Brian Nichols of Turner

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 …
ANALYSIS
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 …