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Luke Bryant

Maine high court upholds the manslaughter conviction of Waldo County man

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2014, at 8:14 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Waldo County man convicted in 2012 of manslaughter for the shooting death of his friend was not successful in his effort to appeal the judgment against him, according to a decision handed down Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Luke Bryant, 22, was sentenced to …
Jeffrey Barnard

Arraignment delayed for Ellsworth man shot in the face

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The arraignment of an Ellsworth man who exchanged gunfire with police during an overnight standoff that ended when he was shot in the face last month was delayed Tuesday for two weeks because of the defendant’s health problems. Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, was scheduled to plead not …
Philip McIntyre

Bangor man involved in home invasion in which companion was fatally shot to serve 6 years

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man whose companion was fatally shot during a home invasion in 2012 pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to four charges and will serve six years behind bars. Philip McIntyre , 22, of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count each of Class A …
Andrew E. Demers

Mental competency exam ordered for former Maine State Police chief charged with gross sexual assault against child

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a young family member will undergo a mental examination after his attorney questioned his competency to stand trial. Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester was arrested March 17 and initially charged with Class B unlawful sexual …
Tamika Dias

Gorham woman to serve 8 months in jail for aggravated sex trafficking

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gorham woman who — with two men — was charged with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her into prostitution will serve eight months in jail as part of a plea agreement. Tamika Dias, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cumberland County Unified Court …

Bucksport woman sentenced for embezzling nearly $3 million from bank accounts

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bucksport woman who admitted to embezzling nearly $3 million from a Maine bank and not reporting the stolen income on her tax returns was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to eight years and one month in federal prison. Lynn M. Bowden, 62, also was sentenced …

Wells man who picked up package he believed held pot to plead guilty

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 22, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
A Wells man, who picked up a FedEx Express package containing what he believed was 22 pounds of marijuana, is expected to plead guilty to two charges related to the incident. James Barnes, 30, of 1 Preble St. in Wells, was taken into custody on July 23, 2013, after he …
Cassandra Lucas

Woman sentenced to 5 days for disturbing neighbors while partially naked

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A woman accused of disturbing her neighbors while partially naked last month has been sentenced to serve five days at the Waldo County Jail. Cassandra Lucas, 22, pleaded guilty last week at Belfast District Court to disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest. According to the police …
Charles Black, left, speaks with his attorney Walter McKee before closing arguments are made in Black's trial Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

Jury finds Charles Black guilty of trying to kill wife on Camden’s Maiden Cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 5 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 71-year-old man faces up to 30 years in prison after a jury convicted him of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden in order to have her money and be with his former high school girlfriend. The 11-woman, one-man Knox …
Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse during his first appearance at court.

Belfast man pleads guilty to August 2013 slaying of Belfast woman

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The former tax examiner accused of killing a well-loved Belfast woman last summer pleaded guilty to murder Monday morning and will spend 50 years in prison, according to a deal worked out with state prosecutors and his defense attorney. Todd Gilday, 44, will be sentenced on Aug. …
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) poses with Azamat Tazhayakov (left) and Diaz Kadyrbayev in an undated photo taken in New York. Tazhayakov was found guilty of obstructing justice Monday, July 21, 2014.

Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of obstructing justice

By Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering, Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
BOSTON — A jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect’s dorm room. The friend, Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov, was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct …
Charles Black, left, speaks with his attorney Walter McKee before closing arguments are made in Black's trial Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

Defense offers no witnesses as trial nears end for man accused of pushing wife off Camden cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Knox County jury is now deciding whether a 71-year-old man tried to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden in order to have her money and be with his former high school girlfriend. The defense rested its case Monday morning, calling no …

Cumberland County grand jury indicts man accused of sword attack, more than 100 others

By Beth Brogan on July 21, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old New Gloucester man charged with attacking his mother’s boyfriend with a sword in June is among 104 people indicted last week by a Cumberland County grand jury. Karamon Davis was arrested the night of June 6 after Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies and Windham police went …
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder applauded the commission's decision to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing he said in a statement released Friday.

200 inmates sentenced in Maine for federal drug crimes eligible for reduced sentences

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
WASHINGTON — More than 200 non-violent drug offenders sentenced in federal courts in Maine will be eligible for early release under an amendment to the sentencing guidelines passed Friday by a U.S. judiciary agency, but they will need to wait more than a year to receive reductions. The U.S. Sentencing …
Philip S. Cohen

Waldoboro attorney accused of domestic violence assault reaches plea deal on lesser charges

By Beth Brogan on July 18, 2014, at 5 p.m.
WALDOBORO, Maine — A prominent Waldoboro attorney charged in November with domestic violence assault has pleaded guilty to lesser charges as part of a plea agreement. Philip S. Cohen, 45, pleaded guilty July 11 to disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release and received a deferred disposition, according to …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife.

DNA expert testifies that victim’s blood was on jacket of man charged with throwing wife off Camden cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The fifth day of the trial of Charles Black, who is accused of throwing his wife off Maiden Cliff in Camden in 2011, concluded Friday with testimony from a Kansas estate lawyer, Maine’s former chief medical examiner, two state police detectives who interviewed Black, and state crime …
Wendy Cassidy

3 members of alleged oxycodone ring plead guilty

By Bill Trotter on July 17, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three people who police say were involved in an oxycodone distribution ring in Hancock County have pleaded guilty and received jail sentences. Wendy G. Cassidy, 31, of Bucksport; Brandie M. Higgins, 39, of Eastbrook; and Joel O. Allen Jr., 27, of Orland, were each sentenced in Hancock …
Korey Brown

MDI man to serve 4 years behind bars on heroin conviction

By Bill Trotter on July 17, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor man who was caught by police with more than 500 bags of heroin and $28,000 in cash has been sentenced to four years in prison. Korey Brown, 29, pleaded no contest on Monday in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court to a charge of aggravated …
Thomas Lowery

Houlton man suspected of operating meth lab indicted by Aroostook County grand jury

By Jen Lynds on July 17, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man who was arrested in April after a fire in his garage led investigators to find items they suspected were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury July 11. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the list …
Ashley Handzlik

Machias woman who slammed door against police chief found guilty of assault

By Tim Cox on July 17, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A local woman who slammed a door against Machias police Chief Grady Dwelley was found guilty of two charges and sentenced to five days in jail Thursday. Superior Court Judge Dan Billings found Ashley Handzlik, 24, guilty of assault and refusing to submit to arrest in a …
 
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