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Maine man gets 6 months for OUI-related crash in Acadia

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
BANGOR | A Southwest Harbor man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to six months in federal prison in connection with a May 2014 drunken-driving crash in Acadia National Park, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. In addition to prison time, Justin Bent, 29, was sentenced to three …
Lucas Savage

Former Maine youth pastor indicted on sex abuse charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2016, at 4:42 p.m.
A Canaan youth pastor was indicted this week by a Kennebec County grand jury on an unlawful sexual contact charge involving a minor.

Bangor man sentenced to 18 months for selling cocaine

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Kliton Xhemali, 33, of Bangor also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Jonathan Sevon

Friendship man to serve 30 days in jail for assaulting woman, beating dog

By Stephen Betts on July 22, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
A 42-year-old man from Friendship will serve 30 days in jail after he was sentenced Thursday for assaulting a woman and beating a dog.

Last defendant pleads guilty to being part of crack cocaine ring in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
A former Bangor man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.
 Johnny Ouch

Man charged in Old Port shooting pleads guilty to assault

By Marissa Bodnar, WGME on July 21, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
Prosecutors said Johnny Ouch, 21, fired a gun that night in 2015 but he was not the one who killed a Scarborough teen.

Falmouth man gets 5 years for selling heroin that caused a death

By Judy Harrison on July 21, 2016, at 6:04 p.m.
In addition to prison time, Adam Norton, 32, was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
 Don McLean (right) pleaded guilty to a series of domestic violence offenses Thursday in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland. McLean wore headphones to help him hear the proceedings. His lawyer Walter McKee stands next to him.

Don McLean pleads guilty to domestic violence offenses

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2016, at 5:55 p.m.
If Don McLean commits no additional crimes over the next year, he will not serve any jail time but will be fined a total of $3,000.

Jury finds Eddington man guilty of having child pornography, putting camera in bathroom

By Judy Harrison on July 21, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
A Penobscot jury Wednesday found an Eddington man guilty of two counts of possession of sexually explicit materials and one count of violation of privacy, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

York County probate judge suspended 30 days for ethical breach

By Judy Harrison on July 21, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
The court also issued a public censure and reprimand of the part-time, elected judge who also practices law in southern Maine.
Justin Pillsbury

Augusta man who stabbed girlfriend gets 50 years for murder

By Judy Harrison on July 21, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
A local man was sentenced Thursday at the Augusta Judicial Center to 50 years in prison for slaying his girlfriend nearly three years ago.

Hermon man pleads guilty to failing to register as sex offender

By Judy Harrison on July 21, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
A Hermon man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.
Dalton Cross

Warren man gets eight months for near-fatal assault

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
A 22-year-old Warren man will begin an eight-month jail sentence in November for an assault that nearly killed his victim.

More plead guilty to charges stemming from Dexter drug ring

By Judy Harrison on July 20, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
Four more people charged in connection with a drug distribution ring that allegedly operated in the Dexter area for a dozen years pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to drug conspiracy charges.
Nelson Keyser

Bangor man gets 5 years for burglaries victims say robbed them of security

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
A local man was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison with all but five years suspended for a series of residential burglaries last summer that victims said robbed them of their sense of security and left them feeling violated.

Caribou man admits buying gun for felon, getting $150 for purchase

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
A Caribou man Monday waived indictment and pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Jesse Roy

Sanford man to spend nearly 12 years in prison for drug trafficking

By Beth Brogan on July 18, 2016, at 7:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Sanford man was sentenced Monday to nearly 12 years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, a sentence lengthened because he possessed a gun at the time and then tried to get a co-defendant to lie about the charges. Jesse Roy, 37, was sentenced …

Rockport man gets 71 months for defrauding employer

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 6:36 p.m.
A local lawyer who concocted an elaborate scheme to bilk his company of more than $5 million will be going to prison for nearly six years.
Philip Scott Fournier, 55, of East Millinocket is escorted into the courtroom for his bail hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Monday.

Judge says evidence against Joyce McLain murder suspect ‘not overwhelming’

By Judy Harrison on July 18, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
Justice Ann Murray found there was probable cause for the murder charge and set bail at $300,000 for Philip Scott Fournier of East Millinocket.
Philip Scott Fournier, 55, of East Millinocket is escorted into the courtroom for his bail hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Monday.

Judge to announce if man accused of killing Joyce McLain gets bail

By Judy Harrison on July 18, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
A Superior Court judge is expected to announce around 2:30 p.m. Monday whether she will set bail for the man accused of slaying teenager Joyce McLain nearly 36 years ago and dumping her body near Schenck High School in East Millinocket.