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Second brother sentenced for dealing heroin near elementary school

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The second of two brothers was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a heroin dealing operation out of their home next to Hope Elementary School. John C. Stanton, 23, of Hope, was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to five years in prison …
Federal agents leave the Twin Super Buffet in Brewer in this November 2011 file photo.

Ex-manager of Brewer Chinese restaurant gets 15 months for hiring, housing illegal workers

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The former manager of a buffet-style Chinese restaurant in Brewer that has been the target of a federal investigation since 2006 was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 15 months in federal prison on multiple charges related to employing and harboring undocumented workers. Mei Ya Zhang, …

Jury awards $400,000 to railroad worker who complained about chemical spill cleanup in North Yarmouth

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A federal jury Thursday awarded a former Springfield Terminal Railway Co. worker $400,000 in damages after finding Jason Worcester was fired illegally because he filed a safety complaint about a supervisor’s decision to have an untrained worker clean up a chemical spill in North Yarmouth nearly three …

Dana Wilson found guilty of possession of child pornography

By Gabor Degre on July 01, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
Dana Wilson found guilty of possession of child pornography
Dana Wilson (left) and his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, sit in the Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday in Bangor.  Wilson was found guilty of possession of child pornography.

DJ Dana Wilson found guilty of child pornography possession

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Well-known disc jockey and former Maine Sports Hall of Fame member Dana Wilson was found guilty on Tuesday of possession of child pornography . Wilson, 63, of Brewer shook his head and said “no” as Superior Court Justice Ann Murray announced her verdict at the Penobscot Judicial …
Sarah Lawler-Stoddard

Former Jobs for Maine’s Graduates teacher charged with furnishing marijuana to students sentenced

By Abigail Curtis on July 01, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — An ex-Jobs for Maine’s Graduates teacher who was charged last year with furnishing drugs to her students has been sentenced in connection with the incident. Because Sarah Lawler-Stoddard, 33, of Belfast successfully completed a deferred disposition sentence, the felony charges of aggravated furnishing of drugs were dismissed …
Danielle A. Beckwith, 47, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript Production, was tried Monday, June 30, before retired Judge John Romei in Newport District Court.

Former Bangor court employee found guilty of attempted theft, cover-up

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 8:33 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — At the end of a four-hour jury-waived trial, a former employee of the Maine court system was found guilty Monday of attempting to steal state funds and trying to cover it up. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of …

Convicted sex offender claims victim’s mother deprived him of fair trial

By Stephen Betts on June 30, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The attorney for a man convicted two weeks ago of sexually assaulting a young girl numerous times over three years is asking that his client be given a new trial, arguing that the victim’s mother interrupted his closing argument to jurors. Attorney Steven Peterson argued in a …
Bradley Lemay

Serial rapist seeks new trial in Rockland, says he is a good person

By Stephen Betts on June 30, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old man who has spent nearly his entire adult life behind bars is asking a judge to give him a new trial for his 2011 conviction in the rape of a Rockport woman at knifepoint in her home. Bradley Lemay is claiming he received ineffective counsel …
Dana Wilson at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on June 6.

Verdict in Dana Wilson child pornography case to be announced Tuesday

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The verdict in the child pornography possession trial of disc jockey Dana Wilson, 63, of Brewer is scheduled to be announced at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. Wilson’s jury-waived trial was held June 2 before Superior …
Gary Raub

Seattle transient pleads guilty to 1976 Augusta murder, sentenced to 20 years

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The man charged with stabbing to death a 70-year-old local woman in 1976 pleaded guilty Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court to a charge of second degree criminal homicide, according to the Maine attorney general’s office. Gary Sandford Raub, 64, a transient living in the Seattle area, …

Trial of former court employee for attempted theft, cover-up begins in Newport District Court

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 9 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — The daylong jury-waived trial of a former employee of the Maine court system charged last year with attempting to steal funds and trying to cover it up began Monday in Newport District Court. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office …

Maine man indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting NH girl

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat on June 30, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
ROCHESTER, N.H. — A Maine man was indicted last week for allegedly engaging in a pattern of sexual assault against a young girl in Rochester. Christopher Lunny, 42, whose last known address is in Springvale, Maine, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl over a period of four years, while …

Bail set at $1 million for Wisconsin man accused of hiding bodies in suitcases

By Reuters on June 28, 2014, at 6:31 a.m.
ELKHORN, Wisconsin — A Wisconsin judge set bail at $1 million on Friday for a security guard suspected of killing two women and hiding their corpses in two suitcases. Steven Zelich, 52, was charged on Thursday with two felony counts of hiding a corpse in the county where the suitcases …
Houlton Police Officer Gary McGuire escorts Gary Schillinger out of a cruiser in Houlton on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Houlton sex offender gets 10 years in prison on child porn charges

By Jen Lynds on June 27, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A convicted sex offender and lifetime registrant on the state’s sex offender registry was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 18 after waiving his right to trial and pleading guilty to a number of sex charges. Gary E. Schillinger, 60, of Houlton pleaded guilty in …

13th defendant pleads guilty in federal court to being part of major bath salts distribution ring in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A member of a conspiracy to distribute bath salts in northern and coastal Maine pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a drug conspiracy charge. Jacob Gagnon, 25, of Van Buren, formerly of Bangor, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent …
Roxanne Jeskey stands up after hearing  her verdict of guilty by Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter in the murder of her husband Richard "Rick" Jeskey in May.

Bangor woman sentenced to 50 years for slaying husband in bathtub

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2014, at 2 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The brother of the man savagely murdered three years ago by Roxanne Jeskey in the couple’s bathtub said after she was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison that Richard Jeskey was a victim of domestic violence. “This is definitely a situation of domestic violence that we’ve …
Seth Mazzaglia

NH man found guilty of murdering university student

By Reuters on June 27, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
BOSTON — A New Hampshire jury on Friday found Seth Mazzaglia guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation and rape of college student Elizabeth Marriott in 2012, a court official said. Mazzaglia, 31, used a rope to strangle 19-year-old Marriott, a student at the University of New Hampshire, after she …

Former Maine bank executive sentenced to 10 years for loan fraud that paid for 7 sailboats, funded ‘addiction to escorts,’ and more

By Beth Brogan on June 26, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Cumberland man and KeyBank executive was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for authorizing more than $14 million in fraudulent loans and lines of credit over 16 years, spending nearly $8.2 million of the fraudulent proceeds on family vacations, private schools, sailboats and to …

Bangor man arrested in Acadia National Park on cocaine charge released on bail

By Judy Harrison on June 26, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 63-year-old man arrested Tuesday in Acadia National Park, allegedly found with cocaine and $1,400 in cash in a borrowed car, was released on $1,000 unsecured bail Thursday after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison in U.S. District Court. Glenn G. Watson of Bangor is charged …
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