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Roger Belanger leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of his trial on Monday in Bangor.

Man who ran Dexter-area drug ring with daughter to serve 11 years

By Danielle McLean on April 28, 2017, at 6:53 p.m.
Roger Belanger had obtained over 22 kilograms of cocaine and thousands of oxycodone pills in Rhode Island, which were distributed in Dexter and the surrounding communities.
Anthony Lord (right) enters a courtroom for his first appearance before Justice Ann Murray on Sept. 14, 2015, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

2015 shooting rampage suspect appears in court through FaceTime, but refuses to talk

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 27, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
“The FaceTime was not successful because the defendant would not participate,” Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said.
In November, a jury found Dr. Joel Sabean guilty following a 2-week trial.

Falmouth doctor sentenced for illegal drug distribution

By CBS 13 on April 26, 2017, at 3:27 p.m.
He will spend two years in prison and must pay more than $5,000 in restitution.
Mark Burson

Maine man sentenced to 9 years in jail following 9th OUI conviction

By Beth Brogan on April 26, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
A man arrested nine times for operating under the influence pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to the ninth charge and was sentenced to nine years in prison, with all but seven years suspended.
Ahram Halal Market on Forest Avenue in Portland. The store's former owners were charged with welfare fraud.

Brothers charged in alleged Portland grocery welfare fraud

By Jake Bleiberg on April 25, 2017, at 6:59 p.m.
Brothers who owned and worked at a Portland grocery have been charged with running a welfare fraud out the store that may have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
Christina McCarthy

Woman allegedly attacks ex with sword, gets banned from Brewer

By Dawn Gagnon on April 24, 2017, at 7:28 p.m.
“[Christina] McCarthy was uncooperative, unruly and combative with officers, resulting in their using a Taser to take her into custody.”

Muslim Portlander says former boss taunted her with pork before firing her

By Jake Bleiberg on April 24, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
A Portland woman claims she was harassed by fellow employees and ultimately fired from her job at Aaron’s because she is Muslim.
Christopher I. Maclennan

Newcastle man indicted for December assault with stun gun

By Beth Brogan on April 21, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
Christopher I. Maclennan was charged with attempting to strangle his girlfriend with a cord and allegedly using a stun gun on her.
Mollie Greenier talks about her friends, Tyler Babcock, 18, and Alex Chabre, 17, both of Bangor who died in a car crash near the Bangor city line.

Man sentenced for providing alcohol to teens before deadly car crash

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2017, at 7:36 p.m.
Before the crash, one teen posted an image on social media app Snapchat showing they were driving at least 92 mph, a friend said the day after the deaths.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin.

Maine man pleads guilty in Virginia to illegal trafficking in elvers

By Beth Brogan on April 20, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
Richard Austin will be sentenced July 19 in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia.

Prosecutors dismiss more than 19,000 drug cases in wake of lab chemist’s misconduct

By Tom Jackman, Washington Post on April 19, 2017, at 12:56 p.m.
Prosecutors in eight counties around Boston announced Tuesday they would dismiss more than 19,000 drug cases tainted by the misconduct of Massachusetts state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan over a period of eight years, though nearly all of those convicted in her cases have already served their sentences.
Ernest R. Cook

Child abuser gets 10-year sentence for child pornography

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Twenty years after being convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl, Ernest Cook was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Couple charged with burglary in connection with string of break-ins in 3 counties

By Dawn Gagnon on April 16, 2017, at 1:49 p.m.
Jeremy Regimbal, 27, and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Ricci Boutilier, were indicted on two counts each of burglary and nine counts each of theft by unauthorized taking by the Penobscot County grand jury.
Orono resident Amy Hakola (left) leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after being sentenced in U.S. District Court to a month in federal prison for allowing drug dealers from Connecticut to use her Charles Street home between 2010 and 2013.

Orono woman gets federal prison time for allowing drug dealers to use her home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 14, 2017, at 6:19 p.m.
Amy Hakola, one of 16 charged in the investigation into the Connecticut-to-Maine drug pipeline broken up in 2015, was sentenced to a month in federal prison and three years of supervised release.
Justin Pillsbury

‘Green-eyed monster’ grabs court’s attention as convicted killers seek new trials

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.
Justin Pillsbury’s attorney argued that Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber’s reference to a “green-eyed monster” that was “uncaged” prejudiced the jury and amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.
Zachary Greene

Lisbon man sentenced for fatal June 2016 hit-and-run

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2017, at 5:19 p.m.
Zachary Greene was sentenced Friday to five years in prison with all but nine months and one day suspended, according to Lisbon Police Chief Marc Hagan.
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty Friday in the 2012 double murder of two Boston men.

Ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in 2012 double murder

By Scott Malone, Reuters on April 14, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
A Boston jury on Friday found former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez not guilty of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
John Andretta Jr.

Maine man sentenced to 4 years for role in bringing deadly heroin to state

By J.W. Oliver on April 14, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
The arrest was the third in connection with the fatal overdose of a Wiscasset man on Aug. 12, 2016.
The house at 28 College Street in Brunswick.

Bowdoin wins legal fight to buy home where owner says ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ was written

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.

Man doing 45 years for grocery store stabbing accuses relative of sex abuse

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
The killer who slayed a Bangor grocery store worker in 1992 who tried to stop him from shoplifting a six-pack of beer has accused a man of sexually assaulting him decades ago.