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Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock ahead of court proceedings at the Pretoria magistrates court.

Pistorius cleared of murder, manslaughter verdict to come

By Stella Mapenzauswa and Peroshni Govender, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was cleared Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide. The double-amputee, once one of the biggest names …

Eddington man gets more than 6 years on federal gun, drug charges

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Eddington man was sentenced to more than six years in prison on gun and drug charges on Wednesday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said. In addition to his 75-month sentence, Nicholas McDonald, 33, also was ordered to undergo three years of …
Roy Woods

Woman sues city of Caribou, former fire chief over sexual assault

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 10, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — An Aroostook County woman who was sexually assaulted by the former Caribou fire chief in December 2011 filed suit against both her assailant and the municipality in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Tuesday. Whitney Nichols of Caribou is suing the city of Caribou and former Fire …
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm listens during court in Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Murderers convicted in separate cases seek review, new trial from Maine high court

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 10, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Two murderers, convicted nearly 30 years apart in separate cases, have asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to allow one to have a post-conviction review and the other to be retried. Richard A. McEachern Jr., 56, of Brewer is serving a life sentence for the Nov. 2, …
Donald R. Keating Jr. made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Superior Court.

Owls Head man who police say robbed pharmacy with shopping bag on head remains in jail

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 55-year-old Owls Head man will remain at the Knox County Jail following his arrest Tuesday evening on a charge that he robbed the Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care in Rockport while wearing a shopping bag on his head. Donald R. Keating Jr. was arrested and charged …

Paralyzed Maine victim ‘happy to hear’ shooter ‘will die in prison’

By CBS 13 on Sept. 10, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
LEBANON, Maine — A burglar who shot a man, leaving him paralyzed, will likely die behind bars. Ronald Bauer, 49, shot a man last year when he broke into his Lebanon home, leaving the victim paralyzed. When the victim asked Bauer to call for help, Bauer allegedly said, “Cry me …
The Williston-West Church on Thomas Street in Portland's upscale West End is at the center of a development controversy.

Portland takes fight to turn portion of West End church into office space to Maine Supreme Court

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The city of Portland took its fight with West End neighbors over the rezoning of a historic church and parish house so it could be developed for commercial use to the state’s high court when justices convened Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. “The city knows better …

Ex-Catholic brother being held on abuse charges in Haiti could delay slander trial in Maine

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A plaintiff in a slander suit pending in federal court has been taken into custody in Haiti after being accused of sexually abusing children, according to The Associated Press. Michael Geilenfeld, executive director of St. Joseph Family of Haiti and a former Catholic brother, was detained Friday …

Criminal from New Hampshire sentenced to 30 years for shooting Lebanon man in his home

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
ALFRED, Maine — A former New Hampshire man has received the maximum allowable sentence of 30 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing a Lebanon man while burglarizing his home in January 2013. Ronald Bauer, 49, formerly of Farmington, New Hampshire, will serve the 30-year sentence consecutively to sentences he …

Judge throws out domestic violence charges against Thomaston man after state is late in turning over video

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge dismissed domestic violence charges against a Thomaston man Monday after ruling that the state erred in not turning over evidence in a timely manner. Justice Daniel Billings granted a request by the attorney for 45-year-old Frederick Y. Campbell to throw out the charges of domestic …
Richard Stahursky, right, sits with his former attorney Christopher MacLean at the Maine State Prison during a videoconference appearance.

Prison murder suspect wants to represent himself, accuses former lawyer of trying to kill him

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old Maine State Prison inmate has asked to represent himself on a charge that he brutally murdered another prisoner and was planning to kill a guard. Richard Stahursky, also known as Richard Clement, had asked that his court-appointed attorney Christopher MacLean be removed as his lawyer. …

Belgrade woman whose child wandered away from home pleads guilty to misdemeanor

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 09, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Belgrade woman pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, according to officials. Melissa Godin, 32, would have the charge dismissed if she follows yearlong conditions of a deferral deposition, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney. In …
Theodore E. Poland

Nobleboro man accused of punching, strangling woman over food stamp balance

By Lincoln County News staff on Sept. 08, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
NOBLEBORO, Maine — A Nobleboro man allegedly punched a woman in the mouth and strangled her after he became upset about the food stamp program balance on her electronic benefit card the night of Aug. 28. Theodore E. Poland, 46, was arrested Aug. 29 for aggravated assault, a Class B …

Brunswick men free on bond after pleading not guilty to federal tax fraud, conspiracy charges

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 08, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two Brunswick men indicted on federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday and were released pending an Oct. 7 court appearance. F. William Messier, 70, who was indicted on seven federal tax fraud and conspiracy, was released on a $100,000 …
New Hampshire resident Mike Sousa shows the distinctive burn scars left on his 2-year-old son allegedly caused by a clothing dryer.

NH man accused of placing 2-year-old in dryer at Bangor residence remains jailed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A New Hampshire man accused of placing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in a clothing dryer at her Bangor home last month and turning on the machine remained behind bars Monday. The boy suffered second-degree burns to his back and arms with a distinct pattern that matched the …
Pictured is D.C. Air & Seafood in Winter Harbor.

Winter Harbor man gets 30 months in federal prison for scallop scheme

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
WINTER HARBOR, Maine — A local seafood dealer has been sent to federal prison for more than two years for his role in a scheme to illegally harvest and conceal scallops, according to federal officials. Christopher Byers, 42, pleaded guilty last December to illegally harvesting and helping to conceal nearly …

Court approves $5.7 million settlement for South Paris Superfund site cleanup

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The owner of a former tannery in South Paris has settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will reimburse the agency $5.7 million for cleaning up the site. Terms of the settlement between ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC and the EPA were released on …

Maine mother challenges state in court over right to issue do-not-resuscitate order for brain-damaged infant

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 05, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Virginia Trask, 18, is appealing to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to reconsider whether the state can authorize a “do-not-resuscitate” order on her severely brain-damaged infant daughter. The child was 6 months old in December 2013 when her father allegedly violently shook her, causing neurological injuries that …

York County corrections officers indicted on charges of smuggling drugs into jail

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 05, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
ALFRED, Maine — Three York County corrections officers and four former officers were indicted by the grand jury Thursday on charges of smuggling drugs into the jail, according to officials. York County Sheriff Maurice Ouellette said in a statement that the three officers have been placed on leave and are …
Andrew Maderios

Nokomis teacher among those indicted in Somerset County

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 05, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Nokomis Regional High School teacher was indicted by the grand jury Friday on four counts of aggravated assault and four charges of domestic violence assault. Andrew Maderios, 28, of Pittsfield, who had been arrested earlier this summer, was one of 11 people indicted by the Somerset …
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