Court News


Maine man who stole $1.15 million dies days before sentencing

By Beth Brogan on March 10, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
Moriarty had agreed to pay $750,000 in restitution to two investors.
Three people suffered serious injuries when the red Chevy Blazer crossed the centerline of Route 2 in Winn while heading southbound and struck the northbound Toyota SUV in Aug. 2014, state police said.

Passadumkeag man fined $3,600 for role in fatal 2014 Winn accident

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 10, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
Brad Curtis, 31, of Passadumkeag, also had his driver’s license suspended for a total of six years under the deal approved this week.
The family of murder victim Amy Theriault gathers in Amy's sister Pam Dubois' St. John home on the eve of speaking before the Maine Legislature in Augusta.

Committee rejects mandatory life sentences in domestic violence murders

By Judy Harrison on March 09, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
During a work session Wednesday, a legislative panel rejected an Aroostook County family’s plea that members endorse a bill calling for a mandatory life sentence when defendants are convicted of domestic violence homicides.
Don McLean

Don McLean’s ex-wife granted new protection order against folk singer

By Bill Trotter on March 08, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
The “American Pie” singer pleaded guilty in July to charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint and criminal mischief.
Nicholas Perry

Bonny Eagle coach admits to prior relationship with cheerleader when they were both students

By CBS 13 on March 08, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
Former Bonny Eagle High School cheerleading coach Nicholas Perry entered no plea to gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact Wednesday.

Judge orders muzzles for pit bulls involved in Wiscasset attack

By Abigail Adams on March 08, 2017, at 2:11 p.m.
The pit bulls, Jasper and Buddha, were ordered to be permanently confined to a secure enclosure and muzzled when off the owner’s property.
A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, May 3, 2016.

Texas Senate committee approves ‘bathroom bill’

By Jon Herskovitz, Reuters on March 08, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
A Texas Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would restrict access to public bathrooms for transgender people after hundreds of people lined up to testify on legislation that critics said promotes discrimination.

Caribou man who distributed ‘scourge’ of bath salts to serve nearly 4 more years

By Judy Harrison on March 07, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Brewer to a total of 73 months but gave him credit for the 27 months he has served.
Vincent Hilt

St. George fisherman sentenced for sinking rival’s lobster boat

By Alex Acquisto on March 07, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
A St. George sternman has been sentenced to two years in prison for sinking a rival’s lobster boat.

Alleged marijuana seed trader due in Maine to face charges this spring

By Judy Harrison on March 07, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
Gypsy Nirvana, 56, was indicted in August 2013 by a federal grand jury in Portland.
Kelli Mujo leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of her trial in August 2016 in Bangor.

Woman who ran Dexter-area drug ring with father to serve 14 years

By Judy Harrison on March 06, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Kelli Mujo, 41, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 14 years in federal prison.
Joseph Corson took a plea deal in the embezzlement case.

Maine man jailed, must repay $360K to former employer

By J.W. Oliver on March 03, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Joseph F. Corson of Bristol was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $360,000 he stole and spent on cars, an ATV trailer, lawn tractor and more.
This waterfront property in Owls Head, that was valued by the town at nearly $500,000, was sold by the state for $205,000 while its owner was in a psychiatric hospital.

State can’t be sued for selling off midcoast man’s property and house, court rules

By Alex Acquisto on March 03, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ruled that the state could not be held liable for its actions in 2013 when it took over a man’s property in Owls Head, sold it at half its market value and euthanized his cat.
Troy McVey appears in court for his arraignment to be charged with the murder of a man in Hollywood, with his lawyer Arthur P. Lindars, in Los Angeles, California January 21, 2015.

Former Maine man sentenced to 16 years in death of homeless man in Hollywood

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 02, 2017, at 4:47 p.m.
Troy T. McVey, 24, was convicted of fatally shooting transient Richard Miller, 52, just before midnight on Jan. 4, 2015.
John Oliva III

Hermon father, sons indicted for multiple break-ins, theft of copper pipes from homes

By Judy Harrison on March 01, 2017, at 6:55 p.m.
The men allegedly broke into mostly unoccupied houses last year, many of which had been foreclosed upon, and stole copper pipes.
Anthony Lord (right) enters a courtroom for his first appearance before Justice Ann Murray on Sept. 14, 2015, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Lord is accused of fatally shooting two men and injuring four others in a July rampage that lasted 18 hours.

Maine court told to reconsider police role in deadly 2015 rampage

By Reuters on March 01, 2017, at 6:42 p.m.
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered a Maine federal court to reconsider whether state police violated a woman’s rights when they notified her ex-boyfriend by voicemail that he had been accused of sexually assaulting her, sparking a violent rampage.

Judge follows through on promise to send Cutler gate crasher back to prison

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:05 p.m.
The judge revoked Hughes’ supervised release and sentenced him to a year and a day in federal prison for violating it.
Roland L. Cummings

Man serving life questions whether state can charge 2 types of murder

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:24 p.m.
Cummings was convicted by in November 2015 of murder, burglary and theft.
Elizabeth Ellis, 34, Alexandria, Virginia.

Woman pleads no contest to stabbing strangers at Bangor Mall

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 27, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
A sentencing date for Elizabeth Ellis, 36, of Alexandria, Virginia, has not been set.
Christopher Goehringer

Defendant who beat, robbed homeless man gets 8 years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 27, 2017, at 5:13 p.m.
Christopher Goehringer, 33, of Bangor pleaded no contest Monday to one count each of aggravated assault and robbery.