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Monson man facing new charges in domestic violence case

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 26, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
BANGOR | A Monson man arrested earlier this month on more than a dozen mostly domestic violence charges is back behind bars facing new charges that he violated conditions of his bail. Jared Clawson, 36, already was facing 16 charges as the result of an investigation that began earlier …

Trio pleads not guilty this week to federal bath salts charges

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 25, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BANGOR | A man with residences in Maine and Florida was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court on drug and gun charges in connection with an alleged bath salts distribution ring. Edwin Hamel, 48, of Milford and Hobe Sound, Florida, pleaded not guilty to one count each of conspiracy …
Russell "Rusty" Brace

Court gives former Camden charity president extension in embezzlement lawsuit

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The former head of a Camden-area charity, accused of stealing $3.8 million from the organization, has been given more time to respond to the civil lawsuit filed against him. The extension was granted this week in Knox County Superior Court for Russell “Rusty” Brace. The Rockport resident …

One of 3 men indicted in knife slaying of NH teen who was found dead in Maine

By Morgan Palmer, Foster's Daily Democrat on Dec. 24, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — One of three men accused of murdering Madbury, New Hampshire teen Aaron Wilkinson was indicted this month by a Strafford County grand jury. Tristan Wolusky, 18, of 46 Lowell St., Rochester, New Hampshire has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and falsifying …

Maine prisoner files federal lawsuit over alleged assault by guard

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 23, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
WARREN | A lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of a prisoner who claims he was the victim of an assault by a guard on Christmas Eve two years ago. The guard, David J. Cutler, 56, of Appleton, already was arrested and charged with one count …

Warren man indicted on charge that he strangled, assaulted woman in car

By  Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
WISCASSET | A Warren man was indicted for aggravated assault by a Lincoln County grand jury earlier this month after allegedly strangling a woman and otherwise assaulting her in a car in Bremen on Aug. 8. Jason M. Baughman, 46, was indicted for aggravated assault, Class B, and violation …
Marc Alberi, 46, of Newport.

Newport man who photographed boy in Wal-Mart bathroom gets 3-year sentence

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 22, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
BANGOR | A convicted sex offender who was arrested in September after he used his cellphone to photograph a boy using a urinal in a Wal-Mart bathroom was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. Marc Alberi, 46, of Newport pleaded guilty to possession of sexually explicit material depicting …
Keith Coleman in the courtroom of his first appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Monday afternoon.  Coleman is charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of Christina Sargent, 36, her son Duwayne Coke, 10 and her daughter Destiny Sargent, 8.

Attorney: Suspect in Garland triple homicide may have ‘mental health problems’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 22, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR | The Garland man accused of brutally killing his girlfriend and her two children, whose bodies were found Saturday night in their mobile home by concerned family members, may have mental health problems, according to his court-appointed attorney. Keith Coleman, 27, who lived with the woman and two …

Search warrant unsealed in probe of Maine treasure hunter’s dealings

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 22, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | Federal investigators have searched the Gorham home of deep-sea treasure hunter Greg Brooks, who earlier this month testified he was duped into a costly exploration by bogus research from a contractor. Federal Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III on Friday unsealed the search warrant for Brooks’ home, …
Defendant Edward Smith, right, and his attorney Jeffrey Davidson sit during day two of Smith's jury-waived manslaughter trial who is accused of not getting medical treatment for his diabetic son, Aloric Smith, who died at home on April 4, 2012.

Judge: Death of diabetic boy in Lubec ‘a tragedy, not manslaughter’

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 22, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
MACHIAS | A judge on Monday found that a man charged with causing the death of his 12-year-old diabetic son was not guilty of manslaughter. “The death of Aloric Smith was a tragedy,” Superior Court Justice Robert Murray said. “The death of Aloric Smith was not manslaughter.” In addition, …
Michael Vangpa

Man sought in Bay State bank robberies arrested in South Portland

By Staff, CBS 13 on Dec. 21, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland police arrested a man Saturday wanted in connection with two bank robberies in Massachusetts. Michael Vangpa, 25, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was arrested as a fugitive from justice on Landry Circle in South Portland around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Vangpa was taken to the Cumberland County Jail. …

3 Penobscot County men indicted in bath salts case

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
BANGOR | Three Penobscot County men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly obtaining bath salts from China and selling it in Maine. Edwin Hamel, 48, of Milford, Harold R. Peters III, 37, of Bradford and Mark Wood, 55, of Old Town were indicted Thursday in …

Supreme Court denies stay, same-sex marriage in Florida set to begin Jan. 6

By Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald on Dec. 20, 2014, at 5:19 a.m.
MIAMI — Same-sex marriage will begin Jan. 6 in Florida. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay in the federal case of eight gay couples. “The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by …
Defense attorney Walter McKee (left) walks his client Philip S. Cohen out of Superior Court in Augusta in this August 2014 file photo.

Overseers of Maine bar consider professional fate of lawyer accused of domestic violence

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
WATERVILLE | The career of a well-known Lincoln County lawyer is in the hands of a grievance committee of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar after a hearing Friday in Waterville District Court. Philip Cohen’s repeated violation of a court order forbidding him to contact his wife …

Arson suspect risks losing $50,000 cash bail over drunken driving arrest

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The state is asking the court to order the forfeiture of $50,000 cash posted as bail earlier this year for a Friendship man who is accused of burning down a boathouse and fishing boat. The bail forfeiture was requested Friday after James “Jamie” R. Simmons, 40, was …

Maine high court vacates judgment over breath test in alleged drunken driving case

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 19, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A Sinclair man found guilty of drunken driving last fall succeeded in getting his conviction overturned by the state’s highest court. The justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled a lower court judge erred in not allowing Graydon Adams Jr., 52, to present evidence that …
Leroy Herbert Smith III, 24, in Kennebec County Superior Court in May where he appeared on a charge he murdered his father.

Gardiner man charged with murdering, dismembering father to appear in court

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 19, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Gardiner man charged with the gruesome murder of his father at their apartment in May is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court on Jan. 5 to allow Justice Donald Marden to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Leroy Smith III, 25, was …
Zedric Joseph

Prosecutors claim former UMaine football player charged with murder tried to intimidate ex-girlfriend from jail

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A state judge agreed Thursday to allow a former University of Maine football player — awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder — to have his mother and grandmother visit him for the holiday. But at the request of the prosecution, the visit will be …
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch during a pretrial hearing on Thursday at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Accused Boston Marathon bomber says he’s satisfied with defense lawyers

By Scott Malone, Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers’ preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was dressed in a dark …
Adam Oliveri

Newcastle man indicted for allegedly selling narcotics near high school

By Michelle Switzer, Lincoln County News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
A Newcastle man faces charges punishable by up to 30 years in prison for allegedly trafficking in the prescription narcotic Suboxone at his Academy Hill Road apartment this spring. A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Adam Oliveri, 36, on two counts of aggravated trafficking of a Schedule …
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