Court News

Keith Coleman (center), 29, makes a statement alongside defense attorney's Logan Perkin (left) and Martha Harris during his sentencing hearing on Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her two children.

Man who killed girlfriend, 2 children to spend life in prison

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 19, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The man convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her young son and daughter was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Maine man accused of killing cat, setting family’s barn on fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
On Nov. 8, Andrew Sousa allegedly used a knife to kill the family cat because he was “trying to cleanse the house of evil.”
Kenneth Bailey

Maine man who spent 2 years on the lam sentenced for sex crimes against child

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
Under conditions of a plea agreement, a 60-year-old Bath man charged with 19 counts of sex crimes against a child will serve two and a half years in prison followed by four years of probation.
President Barack Obama holds his final press conference on Wednesday at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Obama pardons Maine woman for 1996 drug crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
A Windham woman convicted more than 20 years ago of a federal drug crime was one of 64 people pardoned Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy infant died of blunt force trauma, extensive injuries

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:39 p.m.
Miranda Hopkins, 32, made her first appearance in Belfast District Court late Tuesday afternoon.

Man serving 18 years for rape sentenced for additional sex crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
A former Indian Island man serving 18 years in prison on sexual assault charges was sentenced on additional counts Tuesday after another victim stepped forward.
David Alan Thiede

Man who robbed Bangor cleaners twice in a week to serve 9 years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
A man convicted of robbing a city laundromat twice in a week last year was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison.
A Bowdoinham woman fired from Bath Iron Works in September 2015 after working at the shipyard for five weeks has filed suit in federal court claiming she was discriminated against because of her gender.

Woman fired after 5 weeks at BIW files sexual harassment lawsuit

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
The supervisor allegedly told her, “I would not ask my wife to do this work, so I’m not going to ask you to do this work.”
A barn at the family homestead of Jonas Gingrich, one of six Amish barns in Easton granted a property tax abatement by the Aroostook County Commissioners in the summer of 2016, can be seen recently in Easton. In January 2017, the Aroostook County Superior Court sided with the town of Easton and ruled that the tax abatements should not have been granted.

Justice overturns tax abatements granted on Amish barns in Aroostook County

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 16, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
A Superior Court justice has overturned a decision by Aroostook County commissioners that had granted tax abatements to Amish families in Easton who said their barns were over-assessed in a 2015 property tax revaluation.
James Allen

Maine man sentenced to 18 years for raping teen in Delaware

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.

Maine man sentenced to eight years for stealing guns

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
Poland was on supervised release for a prior felony drug conviction when he broke into the Whitefield home.
Protesters hold a banner as Austin DeCoster (left), owner of Wright County Egg, and his son Peter DeCoster testify before the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the “Outbreak of Salmonella in Eggs” on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 22, 2010.

DeCosters appeal egg conviction to U.S. Supreme Court

By Erin Jordan, The Gazette on Jan. 13, 2017, at 9:57 a.m.
Father-and-son egg executives have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court their Iowa conviction for selling adulterated food after eggs from their Iowa farms were linked to a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands.
Homicide victim Alice Balcer is pictured a few years ago at the Mutt Strut hosted by the Kennebec County Humane Society, where she once worked.

Maine teen allegedly told dispatcher he killed mom, dad, dog on Halloween

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 12, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
Andrew Balcer was 17 when he allegedly stabbed his parents to death.
Hollie Ann Beal stands in front of her Sandy Point home, which was declared a dangerous structure by town officials, in Stockton Springs in this February 2016 file photo.

Stockton Springs homeowner has 30 days to make repairs after court ruling

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 12, 2017, at 2:35 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for Stockton Springs’ officials to require a Sandy Point Road homeowner to repair the structure so it is no longer a dangerous building or nuisance.
Garrett Brosnan

Former Maine officer gets 1 year for attempting to send nude photos to teen

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 11, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
A former Brunswick police officer was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for attempting to send obscene material to a teenage girl.

LePage nominates Portland lawyer to District Court bench

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday nominated longtime Portland lawyer Michael A. Duddy of Cape Elizabeth to the District Court bench.
Kenneth L. Hatch III (right) pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 in Knox County Unified Court to 22 counts involving sexual assaults and drug-related offenses. He is represented by attorney Richard Elliott of Boothbay Harbor.

Judge changes site for trial of Maine deputy accused of sex crimes against children

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
A former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy indicted on 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and other charges will be tried in Kennebec County.
House District 15 candidate Mark Bedell of Saco was arrested on Class B aggravated assault charges on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Republican who ran for Maine House seat indicted on assault charges

By Liz Gotthelf, Journal Tribune Staff on Jan. 09, 2017, at 7:51 a.m.
Former legislative candidate Mark Bedell was indicted on charges of assault and aggravated assault stemming from an October arrest.

Four ordered held without bail over Chicago torture shown on Facebook

By Timothy Mclaughlin, Reuters on Jan. 08, 2017, at 12:47 p.m.
Four African-Americans accused of attacking an 18-year-old white man with special needs while making anti-white racial taunts in an assault broadcast on Facebook were ordered held without bail by a Chicago judge.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine attorney general sues Volkswagen over devices that concealed emissions

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
The lawsuit, announced Friday, was filed last month in Kennebec County Superior Court, according to a press release.