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Thomas Lowery

Houlton man suspected of operating meth lab indicted by Aroostook County grand jury

By Jen Lynds on July 17, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man who was arrested in April after a fire in his garage led investigators to find items they suspected were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury July 11. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the list …
Ashley Handzlik

Machias woman who slammed door against police chief found guilty of assault

By Tim Cox on July 17, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A local woman who slammed a door against Machias police Chief Grady Dwelley was found guilty of two charges and sentenced to five days in jail Thursday. Superior Court Judge Dan Billings found Ashley Handzlik, 24, guilty of assault and refusing to submit to arrest in a …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife, Lisa Black.

Woman who had affair with man accused of pushing wife off Camden cliff testifies

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Candice Carter said Charles Black had once commented that his wife’s death would be the easy way out for him.
Dana Wilson (left) and his attorney Hunter Tzovarras at the Penobscot Judicial Center recently.

Sentencing of DJ Dana Wilson on child porn charge likely to be delayed

By Judy Harrison on July 17, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The sentencing of former Brewer disc jockey and ex-Maine Sports Hall of Fame member Dana Wilson on a possession of child pornography charge is expected to be continued for at least a month, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. Wilson, 63, was scheduled to be …

Portland man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing crack

By Judy Harrison on July 16, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A local man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison for possessing crack cocaine. Abdullahi Nur, 26, of Portland was convicted of one count of possession with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine base by a jury …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife, Lisa Black.

‘I thought I had eight to 10 seconds left on this Earth,’ victim testifies in Maiden Cliff trial

By Stephen Betts on July 16, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Lisa Zahn testified Wednesday that after her then-husband Charles Black struck her on the head and pulled her to the edge of Maiden Cliff in Camden on April 7, 2011, she thought her life would end as part of a murder-suicide. On Wednesday, Zahn, formerly Lisa Black, …

Man accused selling counterfeit cellphone covers in Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 16, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man charged in U.S. District Court with selling to a Maine buyer fake cellphone covers made to look like OtterBox-brand covers was arrested Tuesday in the Keystone State. Michael Kurnik, 25, of York, Pennsylvania, is charged with one count each of conspiracy to traffic in …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife, Lisa Black.

Trial begins for man accused of pushing wife off cliff in Camden

By Abigail Curtis on July 15, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Jurors on Tuesday afternoon heard two dramatic — and dramatically different — versions of the events of April 7, 2011, during opening arguments at Knox County Superior Court in the attempted murder trial of Charles Black. Black, 71, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of elevated …
Allen Richardson

Danforth couple indicted on drug trafficking charges

By Tim Cox on July 15, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Danforth couple who were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after a fire at their mobile home earlier this year have been indicted by a Washington County grand jury. Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 31, were each indicted on a single count of unlawful trafficking …

Maine man, 77, accused of sexual assault against child

By Stephen Betts on July 15, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON, Maine — A 77-year-old Washington man was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a child. Richard J. Miller was summoned for Class A gross sexual assault and Class C unlawful sexual contact, according to Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison. The investigation, conducted by Detective Justin Twitchell, began following a referral …
Nate Young

Federal judge grants stay in former Bar Harbor police chief’s wrongful dismissal lawsuit

By Bill Trotter on July 15, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — In the name of “judicial economy,” a federal judge has granted a stay in a lawsuit the town’s former police chief has filed against Bar Harbor. The decision, issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison, will allow Nate Young to get a ruling from the …
Anthony Bari

Dexter man with history of robbing banks denies killing dog in May, pleads not guilty

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Dexter man accused of killing a dog in May pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count each of aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal cruelty to animals. Anthony F. Bari, 53, who is free …
Courtney Shea

Vassalboro man sentenced to 32 years in prison for November murder of family friend

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Vassalboro man was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office. Courtney Shea, 31, admitted that he stabbed to death Thomas Namer, 69, of Vassalboro on Nov. 21. Namer’s body …
Raphael Golb, listens as his lawyer, Ronald Kuby (not pictured) argues on his behalf during a sentencing hearing in New York State Supreme Court on Monday in Manhattan.

Son of Dead Sea Scrolls expert sentenced for impersonating scholars

By Reuters on July 14, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
NEW YORK — A disbarred lawyer who admitted assuming the identities of scholars in an Internet debate over the Dead Sea Scrolls was sentenced on Monday to two months in jail for charges including criminal impersonation and forgery, prosecutors said. Raphael Golb, the son of Dead Sea Scrolls expert Norman …
Andrew Legassie

Former Aroostook County basketball referee indicted on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A former high school basketball referee has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent exposure. In all, Andrew Legassie, 21, is charged with 29 counts stemming from his arrest in February after he allegedly …
Jesse Marquis

Aroostook County grand jury indicts man on murder charge in girlfriend’s death

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Jesse Marquis, the 38-year-old St. Francis man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend earlier this summer, has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on a charge of murder in the death of Amy Theriault. The indictment was handed down Friday in Aroostook County District …
Charles R. Black

Jury selected in trial of man accused of trying to kill wife by pushing her off Camden cliff

By Nick McCrea on July 14, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A jury of two men and 13 women, three of whom will serve as alternates, will decide over the next two weeks whether a former Camden man tried to kill his wife by allegedly shoving her off a cliff three years ago. The jury selection process in …
Stephen Dingus

Hallowell man sentenced to 3 years after pleading guilty to Jefferson burglaries

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on July 14, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A Kennebec County man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty June 26 to burglarizing two Jefferson homes on Nov. 10, 2013. Stephen L. Dingus, 32, of Hallowell, also has to pay $1,092 in restitution to his victims within a year of his release. …
Wendy Farley (left) on Monday waits with her attorney, Peter Rodway of Portland, for Superior Court Justice William Anderson to enter the courtroom at the Piscataqius County Courthouse. Farley pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband nearly two years ago.

Mother of 13 pleads guilty for trying to hire hit man to kill husband, to serve 120 days of 10-year sentence

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A former Brownville woman whose trial ended with a deadlocked jury earlier this year pleaded guilty Monday to a charge in connection with her attempt to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Wendy Farley, 48, was sentenced by Superior Court Justice William Anderson to 10 …

Judge rejects prosecution request to ban man from Maine island

By Stephen Betts on July 11, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old North Haven man will be able to return home, a judge ruled Friday. Judge Barbara Raimondi rejected a request by Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Jones who asked Harold D. Sandelin Jr. be prohibited from returning to North Haven while a charge of violating a protective …
 
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