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Michael L. Brewer

Defendant in Boothbay robbery jailed again

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 7:12 p.m.
BOOTHBAY, Maine — A defendant in a Boothbay robbery case will remain in jail until his trial, following his third arrest in six months for alcohol-related bail violations. Michael L. Brewer, 58, pleaded guilty to two counts of violation of condition of release on Thursday in Lincoln County Superior Court …
One the 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing her friend to please the fictional Internet character Slenderman is escorted through the court in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in this July 2014 file photo.

Judge rules Wisconsin girl in Slenderman case not mentally competent

By Brendan O'Brien, Reuters on Aug. 01, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin girl, one of two 12-year-olds accused of luring a friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character known as Slenderman, is not mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Friday. The judge ordered the girl, Morgan Geyser, to …

Old Orchard Beach man pleads guilty to robbing pharmacy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An Old Orchard Beach man could spend two decades in prison after he pled guilty to a pharmacy robbery charge on Friday. A sentencing date has not been set for Billy Schildroth, 37, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Schildroth pled guilty in U.S. District Court before …

Sentencing, new trial request postponed for Rockport man convicted of sexually assaulting child

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 01, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The sentencing of a Rockport man convicted in June of sexually assaulting a young girl over three years has been postponed for another week. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm agreed to a defense request to postpone the sentencing as well as a hearing on a request for a new …

Judge rules against NY couple over access to Owls Head shore

By Stephen Betts on July 31, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
OWLS HEAD, Maine — The town of Owls Head and neighbors have the right to cross the waterfront property owned by a New York couple, a state judge has ruled. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ruled Wednesday that Owls Head had a public easement across 300 feet of property that Darlene F. …
Charles Gardner makes a court appearance via video feed at the Penobscot Judicial Center in 2012.

Last defendant charged in Howland beatings 2 years ago to serve a year

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A fourth defendant was sentenced Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in connection with the vicious beating of two men that outraged the Howland community nearly two years ago. Charles Gardner, 22, of Howland was sentenced to nine years in prison with all but one year suspended …
Danielle A. Beckwith, 47, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript Production, was tried Monday, June 30, before retired Judge John Romei in Newport District Court.

Ex-court employee sentenced to 60 days in jail for attempted theft, cover-up

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — A former employee of the Maine court system was sentenced Thursday in District Court to 60 days in jail for attempting to steal state funds and trying to cover it up. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript …
Carl E. Smith

Former Howland police chief indicted for alleged sexual abuse of twins

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former Howland police chief who has been jailed since May for allegedly sexually abusing five-year-old twin girls earlier this year was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Carl E. Smith, …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Judge dismisses appeals by Washington County sheriff in unemployment disputes

By Tim Cox on July 30, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Washington County Superior Court judge Wednesday granted motions to dismiss appeals brought by Sheriff Donnie Smith in disputes with two former employees of the county jail over unemployment benefits. An attorney for one of the employees and an assistant attorney general argued during the hearing and …
Scott Ramsdell

Cutler man indicted on manslaughter charge in crash that killed Millinocket teacher

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler man charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27 death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operation under the influence …
Nicholas Guernsey

Warren man gets nine months for sexually assaulting 5-year-old

By Stephen Betts on July 30, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 19-year-old Warren man will serve nine months in the county jail after the fall harvest as punishment for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting. Justice Joyce Wheeler agreed Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to a negotiated sentence agreement reached between the district attorney’s …
Glenn Geiser Jr., used car dealer of My Maine Ride who was sued by the Maine Attorney General earlier this year, agreed to seven year license suspension.

My Maine Ride owner agrees to 7-year license suspension, reimburse consumers up to $30,000

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The used car dealer sued by the Maine attorney general’s office earlier this year for unfair and deceptive trade practices has agreed to the suspension of his license to own a used car business for seven years and to reimburse consumers up to $30,000 for repairs to …

Mass. man facing jail time after child support, marijuana convictions

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 30, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Massachusetts man was convicted Tuesday of failing to pay his child support, along with marijuana possession, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Jay Dandreo, 52, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Portland. He faces up to two years in prison on the child support charge …
Wyatt Higgins-Tripp

Orono man pleads guilty to 15 of 135 sex abuse charges involving 4 victims

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Orono man pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to multiple charges in connection with the sexual abuse of five boys between 2004 and 2012. Wyatt Higgins-Tripp, 40, pleaded guilty to 15 of the 135 charges on which he was indicted. In a plea agreement …
Nathaniel Kibby

Man accused of kidnapping New Hampshire teen Abby Hernandez held on $1 million bail

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on July 29, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
CONWAY, New Hampshire — A 34-year-old man appeared in court on Tuesday charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager who mysteriously reappeared last week in the small mountain town of Conway after nine months. A judge ordered Nathaniel Kibby held on $1 million cash bail on a charge of felony …
Andrew E. Demers

Former Maine State Police chief accused of molesting young family member denied visits with grandchildren

By Seth Koenig on July 29, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Andrew Demers, a former Maine State Police chief accused of molesting a young relative, will not be allowed supervised visits with his grandchildren, Justice William Brodrick declared on Tuesday. Brodrick, an active retired Cumberland County Superior Court justice, denied a motion by Demers to amend his bail …

Pennsylvania man denies selling fake cellphone covers in Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man charged in U.S. District Court with selling to a Maine buyer fake cellphone covers made to look like OtterBox-brand covers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Michael Kurnik, 25, of …

Man convicted of trying to kill wife on Camden cliff to be sentenced in September

By Stephen Betts on July 29, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 71-year-old man who was convicted last week of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden more than three years ago will learn his fate in two months. Sentencing for Charles Black has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 25. The …
Nicholas Hutchinson, 25, was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but 9 years suspended, followed by four years of probation.

Medway man to serve 9 years for Greenbush robbery, also sentenced for jail fight with convicted murderer

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Medway man convicted of robbing and beating a Greenbush woman and pepper spraying one of her children nearly two years ago during a home invasion was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but nine years suspended, followed by …

Lewiston man gets 25 years behind bars for sexually exploiting a minor

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 29, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man will spend 25 years behind bars and the rest of his life under supervised release after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, officials said Tuesday. Derek Hinkley, 30, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen, according to the …
 
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