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Andrew Maderios

Nokomis teacher facing domestic assault charges free on $10,000 bail

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Nokomis Regional High School music teacher facing multiple assault charges, including a trio of felonies, made his first court appearance on Wednesday. A judge set bail at $10,000 for Andrew Maderios, 28, although Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney argued for $25,000. He was freed on …
Apolinar Islas Ortiz

Houston man who supplied Van Buren man with cocaine sentenced to more than 14 years

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —The Houston man convicted by a federal jury last year of being part of a drug ring that funneled cocaine from Texas to Canada through Maine was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Wednesday in U.S. District Court Apolinar “Polo” Ortiz Islas, 43, was convicted …
Lucus Qualey

Bangor man gets six months for assaulting ex-girlfriend, car theft

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 13, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 30-year-old man pleaded no contest Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges related to an altercation with a former girlfriend last year and the theft of a Chevrolet Camaro last month. In a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office, Lucus Qualey of …

Judge rejects supervised visit plan for Rockport man accused of sexually assaulting children

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 13, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge rejected Monday the request by a 53-year-old Rockport man to have the assistant pastor of his church supervise visits with his children as he awaits a trial on charges that he sexually assaulted two young girls. Judge Susan Sparaco agreed, however, to allow Mark W. …

Civil trial over Bangor officers’ alleged use of excessive force begins in federal court

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A civil jury trial pitting an Aroostook County man against two Bangor police officers he accuses of using excessive force when arresting him on Dec. 3, 2011, began Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Samuel G. Cyr, 28, of Moro Plantation sued Officer Joseph Baillargeon and Deputy Chief …
Michael J. Tardiff

Old Town man involved in bath salts distribution ring not joining his son in federal prison

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town man will not be joining his son in federal prison for being part of a bath salts distribution ring in 2011, a judge said Tuesday. Michael “Bub” Tardiff Sr., 54, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to time served or nearly a year in …

Eight accused burglars among 16 indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Eight people accused of committing various burglaries were indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury. A total of 16 people were indicted in Hancock County on Aug. 7. Daniel J. Lindsey of Ellsworth and Peter L. Nadeau of Otis, both 35 years old, each were …

Teenagers indicted in Blue Hill-area burglaries

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 12, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three teenagers accused of being involved in a series of burglaries in the Blue Hill area were indicted last week by the Hancock County grand jury. Jordan T. Lord, 19, of Blue Hill is alleged to have been involved in three burglaries on the Blue Hill peninsula …

Freeport private school teacher charged with federal drug crime released on bail, ordered to live in Winterport

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A private school teacher who was arrested for allowing drugs to be sold from his Lewiston home has been released on bail. Noel Thibodeau, 43, was arrested Aug. 5 at his home at 5 Bradford St. in Lewiston. If convicted of the felony charge, Thibodeau could serve …

Connecticut man arrested in Acadia after threatening to cut park ranger’s throat

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A man arrested Sunday in Acadia National Park after threatening to cut the throat of a park ranger appeared late Monday in U.S. District Court on a variety of charges. Graham MacPherson, 51, of Manchester, Connecticut, was charged with interfering with an agency function, disorderly conduct, violation …
Bradley Lemay

Judge rejects new trial request for serial rapist

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A serial rapist convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting a Rockport woman at knifepoint will not get a new trial. Bradley Lemay, 48, claimed that he received ineffective counsel from attorney Christopher McLean during his trial and sentencing three years ago. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm rejected those arguments, …
Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Bangor Police Department and Bangor Special Response Team execute search warrants on Ohio Street on Nov. 2, 2011, following several months of a drug investigation.

Trial of last defendant in Bangor crack cocaine case begins with convicted co-defendant refusing to testify

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The trial of the last defendant arrested in connection with a drug distribution ring that operated from September 2010 through October 2011 out of adjoining Ohio Street apartments began Monday in U.S. District Court with a convicted co-defendant refusing to take the stand. Kelvin Mally, 21, of …
Carl E. Smith

Ex-Howland police chief pleads not guilty to sex charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 12:01 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 pleaded not guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Carl E. Smith, …
Ryan Lomberg

Suspended hockey player convicted of disorderly conduct

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A suspended University of Maine hockey player was convicted Monday of disorderly conduct but his future with the team appears to be uncertain. Ryan Lomberg 19, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, did not appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center. His attorney, Peter Cyr of Portland, also was not …
Dustin Beane

Skowhegan man facing felony pot cultivation charge after raid at his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A 32-year-old local man was charged with aggravated cultivation of marijuana Friday after personnel from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Skowhegan police executed a search warrant at his Norton Lane home. Dustin Beane of 8 Norton Lane also was charged with violating the conditions of his …
Steven Cronk

Hermon man recently released from prison charged with stealing medical marijuana

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A man released from prison less than three months ago was back before a judge Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center accused of new crimes. Steven A. Cronk, 30, of Hermon was charged with one count each of robbery, burglary and stealing drugs and two counts of …

Man accused of flashing women at Knox County Jail held without bail

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 08, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old Camden man is being held without bail after police said he exposed himself in front of several female inmates at the Knox County Jail. Addam L. Sheets was convicted in December on one count of both unlawful sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor …
Seth Bradstreet III

Federal judge sides with former Maine agriculture commissioner in lawsuit over Dixmont dairy farm’s shutdown

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge has ruled against a former dairy farmer, whose Dixmont operation was deemed one of the worst in the state, and in favor of the ex-state agriculture commissioner in a civil lawsuit, according to information filed on the court’s electronic case filing system. Carl McCue …
Erik Vultee was sentenced Thursday in Knox County Superior Court to 22 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Pictured with him are attorneys Naomi Cohen and Steven Peterson.

Rockport man sentenced to 14 years for sexually assaulting young girl

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 07, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 45-year-old Rockport man was sentenced Thursday to serve 14 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Erik L. Vultee to 22 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended and ordered him to serve probation for 14 years …

30-year-old man sentenced to 5 years for setting third fire in string of Lewiston arsons

By WGME staff on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A Lewiston man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting the third fire in a string of arsons that put the city on edge last year. Prosecutors said Brian Morin, 30, confessed to police, and in June, he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced Morin to …
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