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Robert Craig

Jury selection begins in octogenarian murder trial

By Jen Lynds on July 10, 2017, at 6:31 p.m.
Several potential jurors were dismissed for medical reasons or because they said they could not be impartial.

LePage seeks to defend his pardon of condemned husky Dakota

By Judy Harrison on July 10, 2017, at 5:58 p.m.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney has argued that the governor did not have the authority to pardon Dakota, since the dog was never convicted of a crime.

Brunswick optometry practice settles federal fraud case

By Beth Brogan on July 10, 2017, at 3:51 p.m.
The practice will pay $16,343 to settle the case.
Herbert R. Simmons Jr.

Waldoboro man gets three years for trafficking heroin

By J.W. Oliver on July 08, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.
Herbert R. “Bub” Simmons Jr. pleaded guilty to class B unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin), a felony.
Manhattan businessman and seasonal Maine resident Morris E. "Mo" Zukerman, sentenced in March to serve 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to evading taxes, exits U.S Federal Court in Manhattan. Zukerman is appealing his sentence in hopes of  being allowed to pay a $10 million fine in installments, rather than all at once.

Summer Maine resident who dodged $45M in taxes reports to prison

By Bill Trotter on July 06, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
Morris Zukerman filed an appeal to pay his $10 million in fines by installment.
Harvey Lembo of Rockland said he bought a gun Monday after his apartment at the Park Street Apartments in Rockland was broken into for the fourth time. He shot an alleged intruder Monday night trying to steal his prescription pain medication.

Rockland resident who shot intruder won’t be charged

By Alex Acquisto on July 05, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
Harvey Lembo, who is disabled, had bought the 7 mm Russian-made handgun that he used to shoot Christopher Wildhaber just days before the attempted burglary.
Washington Redskins helmets are lined up on the sideline during minicamp at Redskins Park.

Redskins prevail in long fight over name

By Ian Shapira and Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post on June 29, 2017, at 8:37 p.m.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in the Slants’ favor – and that the Native Americans have conceded defeat in their own case – no other legal challenge stands in the Redskins’ way.
A Kennebunk High School teacher has been barred from contact with a student following sex abuse claims.

Court bars Kennebunk teacher from contact with student after sex abuse claim

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on June 29, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Jill Lamontagne, 29, a health teacher at KHS, was ordered to have no contact with the student, whose name is being withheld because of his minor status.

Michael Liberty’s fall down stairs delays sentencing in Maine on campaign finance charges

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
Liberty’s lawyers requested a delay after the May 20 fall down a flight of stairs exacerbated a previous back injury.
“Sea urchins sit crammed into a plastic crate on the deck of a fisherman’s boat off the town of St. George in this September 2016 photo. On Wednesday a federal judge fined a Portland seafood distribution company more than half a million dollars for illegally importing urchins from Canada.”

Portland firm sentenced for illegal urchin imports

By Nick McCrea on June 29, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
ISF Trading Co. has been ordered to pay a $552,500 fine and forfeit $297,500 for selling urchins it imported from Canada by illegal means.
Governor Paul LePage

Lawsuit filed to force LePage to pay benefits to poor Mainers in a shutdown

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
“If the governor can protect state parks from vandalism during a state shutdown, we hope that he will also protect Maine’s most vulnerable.”
Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, departs after a hearing at U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York, June 26, 2017.

Shkreli loses mistrial bid and retaliates against reporters

By Patricia Hurtado and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, Bloomberg on June 28, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
Martin Shkreli’s criminal fraud trial jury hasn’t been selected yet and already the brash pharmaceutical executive is trying to get the case thrown out of court and lashing out at reporters.
Thomas "Ferg" Ferguson (left) talks to his attorney Jeffrey Silverstein during the beginning of Ferguson's trial in May.

New York man guilty of murder in Bangor double shooting

By Judy Harrison on June 28, 2017, at 10:55 a.m.
Thomas “Ferg” Ferguson was also found guilty of elevated aggravated assault.

Maine man gets three days in jail for shooting seal

By Bill Trotter on June 26, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“The defendant retrieved his rifle and began to shoot at the seals in the ocean.”
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen

Supreme Court backs church in key religious rights case

By Reuters on June 26, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
The dispute pitted two provisions of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment against each other: the guarantee of the free exercise of religion and the Establishment Clause, which requires the separation of church and state.
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington

Supreme Court to take case on baker who refused to sell wedding cake to gay couple

By Robert Barnes, Washington Post on June 26, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
The dispute is one of several similar cases around the United States pressed by Christian conservatives who object to gay marriage and argue they should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs by providing certain services to same-sex couples.
Robert Craig

Trial of Florida man, 81, accused of killing Maine man, 86, to start in July

By Jen Lynds on June 26, 2017, at 8:08 a.m.
Jury selection will begin on July 10 in the case of a Florida man accused of killing an elderly acquaintance at his Presque Isle home.

‘Pizzagate’ gunman sentenced to four years in prison

By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 7:49 p.m.
In imposing the sentence, the judge said she was handing down a penalty she said was needed to uphold the rule of law against vigilante justice.

Feds indict Waterville man on gun, smuggling, money laundering charges

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
A Waterville man was indicted Tuesday on 17 federal charges.
Anthony Sanborn Jr.

Former FBI profiler says Portland murder may have been work of uncaught serial killer

BDN staff reports on June 21, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
Sanborn’s legal team hopes the serial killer theory helps convince the court Sanborn himself was not guilty.