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Woman charged in Wal-Mart parking lot gun incident pleads no contest to assault

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.

Former Maine man charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
Roger Joseph Dana, 43, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death last month of his daughter.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center. The trial was moved after a jury could not be seated in Houlton.

Witnesses testify about alleged crimes before, after Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Prosecution witnesses on the third day of the Matthew Davis double murder trial testified about events police have said took place before and after Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared.

South African man admits to child sexual exploitation, sending child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 08, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
A man from South Africa, who was extradited to Maine in 2014, admitted in federal court on Thursday that he took sexually explicit photographs of a minor girl and sent them to undercover federal agents in Maine investigating the online exchange of child pornography.
Matthew Davis

Medical examiner: Oakfield couple dead when house set on fire

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
Dr. Mark Flomenbaum said that Heidi Pratt died of a single gunshot wound to the neck. She bled to death after a large caliber bullet struck her carotid artery, he said.
Matthew Davis

Opening statements in Oakfield double murder trial shed no light on motive

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
Matthew Davis, 35, is accused of killing Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, on Sept. 23, 2013, then setting their Oakfield home ablaze.

Supreme Court denies DeLorme hearing on $6.2M penalty

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
Digital and print mapmaker DeLorme will not get a hearing before the nation’s top court.
James Kuhn

Maine dad who assaulted children with shock collar accused of making explosives

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
James Kuhn, 30, faces charges of criminal use of explosives, reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child.
Paul Chiumiento

Orland man gets 6 years for drug trafficking

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
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Gregory Nisbet listens to a statement from Lisa Leconte-Mazziotti, mother of Nicole Finlay, who died in a fire in a building owned by Nisbet in 2014, on Thursday in court in Portland. Nisbet was later sentenced to serve 90 days in county jail and pay a fine of $1,000.

Portland landlord sentenced to 90 days in jail over deadly fire

By Jake Bleiberg on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
“There are no winners here. Nothing will wipe the memory of this tragedy from my mind for as long as I live,” Gregory Nisbet said. “My only hope is that somehow, someway, lives will be saved from the awareness we have all received from this tragic event.”

Maine man, 65, sentenced to 14½ years for armed bank robberies

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 30, 2016, at 6:09 p.m.
Neil West Sr. of Portland was found guilty in July by a jury on one count each of armed bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a press release.

Canadian man indicted on driving to endanger charge in connection with I-95 crash

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
Dario Dosen remained Wednesday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post bail.

Darling’s wins 10-year legal dispute with Ford; damages could reach millions

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.
Devon S. Andrews

Alleged bank robber indicted in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
A Cutler man accused of robbing a local bank has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.
Gregory Nisbet stands up after he was found not to be guilty of manslaughter by Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren in Portland, Oct. 21, 2016. Nisbet is the landlord who owned the Portland building where six young adults died in a fire in 2014.

Sentencing of Portland landlord tried for Noyes Street fire postponed

By Jake Bleiberg on Nov. 29, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
The sentencing of a Portland landlord who stood trial in a criminal case arising from Maine’s deadliest house fire is decades was postponed Tuesday because of confusion over who could speak at the hearing.
Maine  is one of 10 states that allow businesses to charge more for credit card purchases only if they describe the difference as a cash discount and not a credit card surcharge.

Businesses take fight over credit card fees to Supreme Court

By Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline.org on Nov. 28, 2016, at 4:46 p.m.
Maine is among a group of states that allow businesses to charge more for credit card purchases only if they describe the difference as a cash discount and not a credit card surcharge.
Kerry Hebert

Landowner settles lawsuit with hunter who shot him on Halloween

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
A lawsuit over a hunting incident on Halloween four years ago in Somerset County was settled Nov. 21 for an undisclosed amount.

Ex-Portland real estate developer pleads guilty to making illegal campaign contributions

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Liberty faces a fine of between $67,000 and $250,000.
Anthony Lord

Man accused of two-county rampage that left 2 dead gets new lawyers

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Anthony Lord was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to charges related to an alleged two-county rampage last year that left two people dead.

Two Bridges Regional Jail administrator pleads not guilty to OUI

By Lincoln County News on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.
Mark Westrum of Bath entered the plea through an attorney.