Court News


Lawsuit accuses top Portsmouth police chief candidate of assault

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on May 17, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.

Presque Isle man appeals drug conviction to state supreme court

By Jen Lynds on May 16, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
An attorney for a Presque Isle man found guilty of a felony drug offense nearly two years ago is appealing his conviction.

Judge dismisses welfare fraud charges against Lewiston man

on May 16, 2017, at 7:41 a.m.
A judge dismissed more than a dozen welfare fraud charges against a Lewiston man just days before his trial was supposed to begin, the Sun Journal reports.
Thomas "Ferg" Ferguson

Men charged in Bangor shooting death to be tried separately

By Judy Harrison on May 16, 2017, at 4 a.m.
Two men charged with a November 2015 homicide on Center Street in Bangor will be tried separately but most likely won’t testify against each other.
A Wal-Mart sign is pictured at one of their stores in Monterrey, Mexico, April 26, 2017.

Wal-Mart accused of discriminating against thousands of pregnant women

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters on May 15, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.
Two former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit accusing the retailer of treating thousands of pregnant workers as “second-class citizens” by rejecting their requests to limit heavy lifting, climbing on ladders and other potentially dangerous tasks.
Defense attorney James Howaniec (left) speaks during a hearing Friday on a welfare fraud case scheduled to begin next week in Androscoggin County Superior Court. Howaniec submitted a motion to dismiss the case after it was found that documents included as evidence may have been forged.

Evidence in welfare fraud case may have been forged, attorney says

By Andrew Rice, Sun Journal on May 15, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
“I shudder to think about the extent in which this may be going on in other cases,” attorney James Howaniec said.
Mark Halle

Waterville man sentenced to 27 years prison for assaulting 73-year-old

By CBS 13 on May 15, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.
The judge described what he did to the elderly Waterville woman as “sexual torture.”

Maine man sentenced to 14 years in prison after traveling to Massachusetts to sexually assault

By Scott J. Croteau, on May 15, 2017, at 6:42 a.m.
A Maine man was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison after he pretended to be a teenager online and traveled to Massachusetts to have sex with minors.

Suspect in New Harbor embezzlement case fails to appear for Colorado hearing

By J.W. Oliver on May 13, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
Siarra M. Kear, who local police say embezzled more than $50,000 from a New Harbor convenience store, is at large after failing to appear for a recent extradition hearing in Colorado.
Victoria Scott

Two arrests made in separate Waldo County deaths

By Nick McCrea on May 12, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
Two women have been arrested and charged in connection with two separate months-old deaths in Waldo County.

Feds charge Maine man with providing opiates that caused woman’s death

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2017, at 8:23 a.m.
Mickey Gilley, 34, is charged with knowingly and intentionally distributing a mixture containing heroin and fentanyl.

State supreme court hears Smyrna man’s appeal of conviction in gun, rape case

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.
Horace W. Salley III, 47, argued that his attorney was ineffective for failing to object to hearsay testimony from a state social worker at an earlier trial.
Wade Robert Hoover

Maine high court considers if defacto life sentence too harsh in sex assaults on children

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 6:10 p.m.
“Twenty-five to 30 years in prison would have been sufficient to meet the goal of public safety,” Scott Hess, whose client is serving a 60-year sentence, told the justices.
Justin Pillsbury

Court rejects idea that ‘green-eyed monster’ statement unfairly swayed jury

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
Attorney Caleb Gannon of Augusta, 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.

Augusta woman admits to stealing cash, gift cards while working at post office

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
An Augusta woman admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court that she took cash and gift cards totaling at least $400 intended as gifts from mail between April 1 and Aug. 1, 2016.

Appeals court upholds whistleblower claim against Maine railway

By BDN staff report on May 10, 2017, at 2:57 p.m.
A federal appeals court has upheld a $260,000 penalty against Pan Am Railways tied to the complaint of a Waterville whistleblower filed in 2011.
Reality TV show star Abby Lee Miller leaves at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2, 2015.

Former ‘Dance Moms’ star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to prison

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on May 10, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
Former “Dance Moms” reality television star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh for bankruptcy fraud and concealing money earned abroad.

High court leery of overturning jury verdict to release man charged in 1969 slaying

By Judy Harrison on May 09, 2017, at 4:37 p.m.
“If you are correct, the jury was wrong,” Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said. “We cannot accept that.”

Richard Simmons sues National Enquirer for claiming he’s transgender

By Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post on May 09, 2017, at 1 p.m.
The lawsuit claimed the publications “cheaply and crassly commercialized and sensationalized an issue that ought to be treated with respect and sensitivity.”

Man who tortured his son, 7, and fed him to pigs gets life sentence

By Tony Rizzo and Laura Bauer, The Kansas City Star on May 09, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
Under Kansas law, he will have to serve 25 years before he can seek parole.