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New Hampshire drops drug charges against former Maine nurse

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Kerry Bridges said she is still waiting for a hearing before the New Hampshire Board of Nursing to have her suspension to practice nursing lifted.
Benjamin Hodgdon

Former MDI teacher gets 3 years for sexually assaulting girl

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 23, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A former sixth-grade teacher at Tremont Consolidated School has been sentenced to serve more than three years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl who just two years before had been one of his students.
Randy Hayes in March 2013

Jury finds Maine marijuana grower not guilty of felony trafficking charge

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
A Montville medical marijuana patient who fought charges of felony drug trafficking and misdemeanor marijuana cultivation was partially vindicated last week when a jury found him not guilty of the more serious crime.
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Kenneth L. Hatch III (right) pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon 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.

Lincoln County deputy pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Kenneth L. Hatch III, 46, of Whitefield said “not guilty” 22 times as Justice William Stokes asked his plea to each indictment.
James Cameron

Appeals court upholds sentence of ex-prosecutor on porn charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Monday upheld the nearly 14-year sentence being served by Maine’s former top drug prosecutor on child pornography possession charges.

Rockland mother accused of endangering 5-year-old daughter

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
Suzette Robinson, 45, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Man gets 2 years for heroin trafficking in Milo area

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
A Milo man was sentenced to two years in prison on charges stemming from heroin trafficking in the Milo area.
Timothy Danforth pleaded not guilty before a judge Friday afternoon.

Wilton murder suspect pleads not guilty

By CBS 13 on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:48 p.m.
A murder suspect appeared before a judge Friday, more than two months after a deadly shooting in Wilton.
Firefighters from Owls Head and South Thomaston battle a blaze that destroyed a landmark Owls Head business, Frankie's Garage, in this February 2013 file photo.

Judge extinguishes lawsuit against Owls Head Fire Department

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
Cecil Fogg had sought more than $400,000 in damages for the fire that occurred on Feb. 10, 2013, at Frankie’s Garage on Route 73 in Owls Head.
Roger Belanger leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of his trial on Monday in Bangor.

Jury finds father, daughter guilty of operating drug ring

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
Roger Belanger, 58, of Corinna and his daughter, Kelli Mujo, 40, of Wellington and Central Falls, Rhode Island, were found guilty Friday in U.S. District Court of running a drug distribution ring for a dozen years in the Dexter area.
Roger Belanger leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of his trial on Monday in Bangor.

Jury begins deliberating in drug trial of father/daughter duo

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
A jury of eight women and four men began deliberating about 10:40 a.m. Friday in the trial of a father and daughter accused of running a drug distribution ring for a dozen years in the Dexter area.
Timothy Danforth

Wilton man charged with murder in shooting death

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 18, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Timothy Danforth is charged in the death of 24-year-old Michael Reis, who was shot outside Danforth’s father’s home in June.

Rockland man gets five months for bar fight

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 18, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
A 50-year-old Rockland man was sentenced Thursday to serve five months in jail for an assault two years ago in which the victim was kicked in the head while lying unconscious outside a bar.
Bath Iron Works' dry dock floats on the Kennebec River in Bath in this December 2014 file photo.

Judge dismisses Maine shipyard union’s lawsuit claiming arbitrator bias

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Local S6 of the machinists union filed suit in May against Bath Iron Works.

Suit accuses former Maine prosecutor of sexual harassment

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
A former victim witness advocate has filed suit against former Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright, among others.
Paul Kendrick, an outspoken advocate for victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, stands outside the Falmouth home of former Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone in this 2012 file photo.

Head of Haitian orphanages, charity sue clergy abuse advocate in state court

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 17, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Having had a $14.5 million defamation judgment in their favor overturned in federal court, the nonprofit organization and the former Catholic brother linked by a Freeport man to unproven abuse allegations involving Haitian orphans are now seeking redress in state court.
Michelle M. Leonard

Pair accused of stealing $72,000 from elderly Appleton man

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
A Waldoboro couple have been charged with stealing $72,000 from an elderly Appleton man. Harold V. Martin, 51, and Michelle M. Leonard, 49, were arrested and each charged Tuesday with Class B felony theft. Both are free on bail. Martin and Leonard are accused of taking $72,000 …
Robert Burton (right), who is accused of killing his girlfriend and then hiding in the woods for 68 days, enters a courtroom in Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft last year.

Murder trial of man who led police on Maine’s longest manhunt delayed

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Robert Burton, who is accused of shooting former girlfriend Stephanie Ginn Gebo, a 37-year-old single mother of two, has fired his attorney.

Man gets 20 months for coming to Maine for sex assault on minor

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 16, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
A Rhode Island man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 20 months in federal prison for crossing state lines to have sex with a minor, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Roxanne Jeskey

High court rejects woman’s bid for new trial in brutal bathtub slaying

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 16, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld the murder conviction of a Bangor woman serving a 50-year sentence for the brutal slaying of her husband in the couple’s bathtub.