Court News


Man gets more than 20 years for sexual exploitation of children he babysat

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 29, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
A local man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 20 years and 10 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of children, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Ervin Morrison III

Fraud charges pile up against Maine man facing 20 years in federal prison

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
A 24-year-old Maine man will be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for scamming customers in Maine and Massachusetts out of tens of thousands of dollars.
John Dunne Jr.

Maine man pleads guilty in state’s first ‘revenge porn’ case

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Under terms of a plea agreement, a West Bath man pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday in the state’s first “revenge porn” case and received a deferred disposition for one year.
Ernest R. Cook

Maine sex offender charged with having child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
A Bangor man was arrested and charged nearly two years after his sister told police she found sexually explicit images on his computer.

Former mail carrier admits stealing cash, gift cards

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Julie K. Meek, 56, admitted to stealing cash, checks and gift cards between December 2015 and April 5, 2016.
Christian Tattan

Maine man shot during custody dispute among those indicted

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:28 p.m.
BANGOR | A Carmel man who was shot in June during a confrontation over custody with the mother of his child at her Eddington home was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, violation of a protective order, domestic …
Narwhal tusks that were evidence in the case against Gregory Robert Logan, 58, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick.

Ex-Mountie pleads guilty to charges in narwhal whale tusk smuggling scheme

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:36 p.m.
The former Mountie accused of smuggling narwhal whale tusks across the border and mailing them to buyers around the U.S. for eight years pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to multiple counts of conspiracy and money laundering.
Cash, a shotgun and heroin were seized in a drug bust in Winthrop that landed three men in jail.

Winthrop man sentenced to more than two years for federal drug, gun violations

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
A 38-year-old Winthrop man was sentenced to more than two years in prison Monday for possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun during a hearing Monday in U.S. District Court.
Norwegian tourist Espen Brungodt, 28, who was traveling through Portland with his family, was arrested after threatening in an email to kill police officers with explosives and assault rifles, authorities said.

Norwegian tourist who threatened to kill Portland police pleads guilty to federal charge

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 26, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The Norwegian tourist arrested in August after threatening to kill Portland police officers with explosives and assault rifles pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of making threatening interstate communications.

Maine couple sentenced for stealing disabled daughters’ Social Security

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
A Topsham couple who used more than $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits paid to their disabled twin daughters for travel and items such as a motorcycle will serve five months in prison followed by five months of in-home detention.

Former school custodian pleads guilty to sex crime, sentenced to counseling

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A former Brunswick school custodian who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual touching of a minor will serve no jail time if he undergoes sex offender treatment to accept responsibility for the crime and abides by other conditions of a deferred disposition.
Jackie Madore

Crack dealer sentenced to nine years

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
A Rockland woman was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Thursday for dealing crack cocaine as part of a group of 11 people charged last year.
Luc Tieman (left) confers with his attorney, Stephen Smith, on Friday in Somerset County Superior Court. Tieman, 32, of Fairfield is charged with killing his wife, Valerie Tieman.

Man accused of killing wife, hiding her body makes court appearance

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:01 a.m.
Tieman was not asked to enter a plea because he has not yet been indicted by the grand jury.

Man who set lobster boat ablaze gets 7 years for ‘simply crazy conduct’

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
“To burn a lobsterman’s boat is to destroy his livelihood,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said in imposing the sentence.
Valerie Tieman, 34, of Fairfield is shown in a photo with her husband, Luc Tieman, taken in July.

Court affidavit: Fairfield murder victim shot twice in head

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 22, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
Documents filed Thursday at the Somerset County Courthouse indicate that Valerie Tieman of Fairfield died from two gunshot wounds to the head.
Stephen L. McIntire

Maine man sentenced for taking nude photos of women at Bowdoin

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Bath police discovered a cellphone that contained nine videos and more than 100 photos of nude and undressing Bowdoin College students.
Linwood Doughty

Grand jury indicts man accused in Milbridge hatchet attack

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
A man with a significant domestic violence history has been indicted in Washington County on multiple charges, including aggravated attempted murder, in connection with an alleged hatchet attack on a woman in Milbridge this past June.

Maine woman pleads guilty to embezzling $83K

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 21, 2016, at 8:51 p.m.
Jodi Webber faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Colby Corriveau

Maine man indicted after allegedly threatening to drown woman in bathtub

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:19 p.m.
“She said that he began filling the tub, telling her he was going to drown her.”
Curtis Moody

Maine man pleads guilty to domestic violence terrorizing

By Abigail Adams on Sept. 20, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
The district attorney dismissed a charge of sex trafficking after the Whitefield man pleaded guilty to domestic violence terrorizing and other charges.