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Rockport man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Rockport man will serve up to nine months in jail after admitting in court Wednesday afternoon that he sexually assaulted two young girls last year. Mark W. Cayouette, 53, pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Sentencing will be …
Kirk Panther, 21, of Holden.

Corinth man who allegedly gave himself a $1,000 a week raise indicted on theft charge

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 28, 2015, at 6:25 p.m.
BANGOR | A Corinth man who allegedly gave himself a $1,000 a week raise by altering his paychecks from a Bangor business was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of theft by authorized taking. Ransford W. Bubar III, 28, altered five paychecks in August …
Dalton Cross

Cushing couple agree to plea deals after nearly killing man

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Cushing couple will serve shorter jail terms if they adhere to terms of agreements approved Wednesday in a case that the judge said could have resulted in murder charges if not for the quick medical attention the victim received. Dalton Cross, 21, and Amber St. Pierre …

Sex offender gets another 42 months for failing to register

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 41-year-old man who has spent most of his life behind bars will be serving an additional 42 months after admitting he again failed to meet requirements of the sex offender registry. Robert O. Rector admitted Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court that he failed to contact …
Keith Coleman

Man accused of strangling girlfriend, children indicted on 3 counts of murder

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
BANGOR | The Garland man accused of slaying his girlfriend and her two children the weekend before Christmas was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on three counts of intentional or knowing murder. Keith Coleman, 27, was arrested Dec. 21 in Bucksport and charged in connection with …
Glenn Geiser Jr. leaves the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the Airport Mall in Bangor through the back door Feb. 10, 2014, after a public hearing was postponed because Geiser's attorney Joe Baldacci had not received all the paperwork from the state.

Lawsuit: Banned My Maine Ride car dealer had property liens totaling more than $2.6 million

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:21 a.m.
BANGOR | A debt collector’s lawsuit against Glenn Geiser, former owner of closed Bangor used car dealership My Maine Ride, seeking overdue home mortgage payments has revealed Geiser owed more than $2.6 million to other creditors, including the Maine Revenue Service and the Internal Revenue Service. The complaint for …

Florida woman who fired warning shot at abusive husband released from jail

By Susan Cooper Eastman, Reuters on Jan. 27, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served. Marissa Alexander, 34, was initially sentenced to 20 years …

Friendship woman sentenced for assaulting neighbor, dog

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 27, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A 36-year-old Friendship woman was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for assaulting a neighbor and kicking his dog. Danielle Reed was sentenced by Justice Daniel Billings in Knox County Superior Court for assault, cruelty to animals, criminal trespass, and operating after suspension. A deferred disposition …
Malcolm French and his wife, Barbara, leave federal court in Bangor on Jan. 14, 2014.

Three men convicted in Township 37 pot farm case seek new trials

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 27, 2015, at 5:26 a.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge will consider March 17 whether three men convicted on drug charges in connection with the Township 37 marijuana plantation should be granted new trials. Malcolm French 53, of Enfield, Rodney Russell, 51, of South Thomaston and Kendall Chase, 58, of Bradford were found guilty …
Shawna Calhoun

Man, woman found with teenager at Bangor motel face federal prostitution charges

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 26, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | An Auburn man and Lewiston woman arrested New Year’s Eve in Bangor on charges of aggravated sex trafficking have been charged in federal court with transporting a teenager in interstate commerce with the intent that she engage in prostitution and aiding and abetting the same. Alvin Houston, …

Connecticut man appears in court for state prison smuggling case

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 24, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A Connecticut man made his initial appearance in Rockland District Court on Friday afternoon to face charges he supplied the drugs that were smuggled inside the Maine State Prison as part of a wide-ranging operation. Bail was set at $8,000 cash for Douglas Mazzotta, 71, of Middletown, …

County man faces jail on bath salts charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:28 p.m.
BANGOR | An Aroostook County man pled guilty Friday to a bath salts charge and is awaiting sentencing, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Nate Brewer, 34, of Blaine will be sentenced at a later date and faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $1,000,000 fine. He …

Jury acquits former prison captain of assaulting inmate

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 23, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Knox County jury deliberated for about an hour Friday before acquitting a former Maine State Prison captain of assaulting an inmate on Christmas Eve in 2012. David J. Cutler, 55, had been charged with assault after he pulled the legs out from under prisoner Renardo Williams …
Patrik Arsenault

Former special education teacher gets 65 years for sexually abusing young boys

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 23, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
BANGOR | The sexual assaults committed by a former special education teacher from Norridgewock against three young boys were “the worst I’ve ever seen,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock Jr. said Friday when he sentenced the man to 65 years in prison. Patrik Ian Arsenault, 28, was also sentenced …
Juan Rivera

New York man sentenced to 9 years for selling heroin, crack from Bangor motel

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
A New York City man was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison for drug trafficking. Juan Rivera, 40, was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, a Class A crime, according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, …

Charges dropped against woman accused of hitting Donnie Smith in bus melee

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 22, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
MACHIAS | Criminal charges against a Trescott woman who was accused of getting into a roadside altercation last October with then-sheriff Donnie Smith have been dismissed, according to her defense attorney. Jeffrey Davidson, who represents Deborah Bousquet, said in an email Thursday that his client’s criminal case “was dismissed …

Trial of former Maine State Prison captain heads to jury Friday

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:59 p.m.
ROCKLAND | An inmate who alleges that he was assaulted by a former Maine State prison captain and the man accused of assaulting him offered contrasting testimony about what happened on Christmas Eve in 2012 at the prison that led to the charge. The prosecution and defense presented witnesses …

East Machias man gets six months in 2012 crash that killed 16-year-old

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An East Machias man will spend six months behind bars in connection with a 2012 accident that killed his 16-year-old passenger. Aaron Foss, 22, was handed down his sentence under a plea agreement to charges of driving to endanger and reckless conduct on Tuesday, Hancock County District …

Lawyer for Sanford man says virtual child porn protected under First Amendment

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on Jan. 22, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
DOVER, New Hampshire — The trial for a longtime Liberty Mutual employee who was indicted on 67 counts of child pornography possession has been postponed until April. David Polley, 54, of 7 Charles St., in Sanford, Maine, allegedly had 3,093 child pornographic images and 1,185 movie files on eight thumb …

Maine women’s drug sentencings illustrate toll on families of users

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 21, 2015, at 7:20 p.m.
BANGOR | Both women sentenced this week in federal court for their roles in a local bath salts distribution ring were raised in loving middle-class families. Both began abusing alcohol and drugs as teenagers and dropped out of high school. Both have given their children to their parents to …
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