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Mass. man found guilty of bringing women from Maine to Boston for prostitution

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 29, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Massachusetts man charged with taking three women from Maine to Boston to work as prostitutes was found guilty in federal court Thursday of aiding and abetting the transportation of a person or persons across state lines for prostitution. The jury convicted Fritz “Fred” Blanchard, 29, after …

Westbrook police officer says she was sexually harassed on job, plans to sue

By CBS 13 staff, on Aug. 29, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — A female officer says she was sexually harassed by her fellow officers and is planning to sue the city. Last week, an attorney for Officer Melissa May filed an 80-page notice of her claim against the department. May started working at the Westbrook Police Department in 2009, …
Taylor Darveau

Plea deal reached in crash that killed 15-year-old Bucksport girl

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — There will be a substantial development Friday morning in a divisive case that has riveted local residents for nearly a year when a local teenager appears in an Ellsworth courtroom to enter a plea in a vehicular manslaughter case. Samantha Goode, 17, was driving a 1999 Subaru …
Troy M. Gay

Old Town man gets 10-year sentence for robbing Corinth, Orono banks

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town man who served prison time for bank robberies in 2009 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison in connection with holdups at banks in Corinth and Orono earlier this year in which nearly $18,000 was stolen. Troy M. Gay, 26, pleaded guilty on …
Jerry Conary, 20, of Winterport.

Case reopened against Winterport man charged in sex assault against teenage girl

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — A Winterport man charged recently with gross sexual assault against a 13-year-old girl from Searsport may be facing further charges, police said Thursday. Police learned that something allegedly had happened between Jerry Conary, 20, and the girl at the end of June after the girl’s parents contacted …
Michael Minard

Former Portland Pirates assistant hockey coach sentenced for sexual misconduct with 13-year-old

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 28, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The former assistant coach of the Portland Pirates hockey team was sentenced Wednesday at Waldo County Superior Court to two months in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl. Michael Minard, 37, who lived in Falmouth until recently, came …
Wyatt Higgins-Tripp

Judge rejects plea deal, calls Orono man’s alleged crimes ‘monstrous acts’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 28, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Superior Court judge Thursday rejected the plea deal of an Orono man indicted on 135 charges in connection with the sexual abuse of four boys between 2004 and 2012. Wyatt Higgins-Tripp, 40, pleaded guilty July 29 to 15 of the 135 charges on which he was …

Brunswick duo charged with allegedly conspiring to cover up tax evasion scheme

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 28, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A federal grand jury indicted two Brunswick men in their 70s on charges they allegedly conspired to cover up a scheme to defraud the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. David E. Robinson, 75, and F. William Messier, 70, are charged with multiple counts of …
Amelia E. Lindsay

Former Bristol woman gets 6 months, ordered to repay $17,000 in elder abuse case

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A former Bristol woman will serve six months in jail and must repay $17,000 after defrauding a 71-year-old Nobleboro woman of the money in 2011. Amelia E. Lindsay, 56, now of Windsor, pleaded no contest to Class B theft by deception in Lincoln County Superior Court in …

Newport man indicted on sex charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Newport man was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl in December 2004 in Bradford. Christopher Feuerbach, 30, is charged with two counts of gross sexual assault, a Class A crime. An arraignment date has not been …

Georgetown man to serve 30 days for collecting unemployment benefits in prison

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 27, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A 35-year-old Georgetown man will spend 30 days in prison and must repay the state nearly $10,000 after a court found him guilty of fraudulently receiving unemployment compensation benefits while serving a prison sentence. A Sagadahoc County Superior Court judge found Joshua Harwood guilty of felony theft …

South Portland man faces 2½-year sentence for burglarizing dance studio

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A South Portland man faces 2½ years in jail after burglarizing a dance studio in the city. Eugene Wilcox, 43, was caught by South Portland police attempting to flee the Spotlight Dance and Performing Arts Center on Broadway with money and credit card information on April …

Ex-jail guard gets 60 days for sexually assaulting inmate

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A former Knox County Jail guard will spend 60 days in jail after being convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a female inmate more than two years ago. Justice John O’Neil sentenced Adam Grierson, 27, to 15 months in jail with all but 60 days suspended for one …

Ex-Sangerville fire chief pleads guilty to using town money to fill personal gas tank, ordered to pay $3,700

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 26, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The former Sangerville fire chief last week pleaded guilty to using town money to fill the gas tank in his personal vehicle, according to Christopher Almy, district attorney for Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. Charles “Chuck” Beane pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft in a Dover-Foxcroft courtroom …
Prominent Waldoboro defense attorney Philip S. Cohen, who is charged with violating a plea agreement stemming from a domestic violence charge, agreed to surrender his passport in Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday. An October 1 hearing was scheduled to consider terminating the plea agreement and revoking his bail.

Waldoboro attorney to surrender passport following new domestic assault allegations

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Well-known Waldoboro defense attorney Philip S. Cohen, who is charged with violating a plea agreement reached in connection to a 2013 domestic violence charge, was ordered to surrender his passport on Tuesday as he awaits a hearing to determine whether that plea agreement — and his probation …
A screenshot of a video uploaded to YouTube shows a Maine teen putting a kitten in a microwave. The cat survived and the teens were sentenced to community service.

Teenage girls sentenced to community service for putting cat inside microwave

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two teenage girls have been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for putting a cat in a microwave last year, officials said. The girls, both 16, were found guilty of cruelty to animals July 21 and were sentenced to community service, said Tammy Getchell, business and …

Iraqi national charged with Internet stalking of Maine student who was former med school classmate

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 25, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man accused of using the Internet to harass and intimidate a Canadian woman studying in Maine has been arrested in North Carolina. Makwan Jaff, 35, an Iraqi national, was charged in U.S. District Court in Portland with stalking, according to information posted on the court …

Dana Wilson sentenced for child porn charge

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 25, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Dana Wilson was sentenced at the Penobscot Judicial Center by Justice Ann Murray to 2 1/2 years with all but 9 months suspended and four years of probation.

Dana Wilson tells judge, ‘I am broken, your honor’ at sentencing for child pornography possession

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 25, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — At his sentencing Monday, Dana Wilson continued to deny he downloaded child pornography despite his conviction and said the publicity around the case has left him “broken,” financially devastated and alienated from his children. The well-known former disc jockey was sentenced at the Penobscot Judicial Center to …

Arsonist gets another 10 months for punching cook in prison

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old man had 10 months added to his prison stay after admitting Monday that he repeatedly punched a prison cook. Todd M. Fickett, formerly of Norway, was sentenced Monday in Knox County Superior Court to an additional 10 months for assault on a member of the …
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