Court News


Man who destroyed gate at Navy facility seeking fishing hole gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 14, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
Richard Hughes pleaded guilty to destroying government property by driving through a closed gate at the Cutler Naval Support Activity installation.
Adam Metropoulos (right), 53, a former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor, was sentenced to 12 years in prison with all but 6 1/2 years suspended for sex crimes involving children.

Advocacy group calls for removal of jailed priest’s supervisor

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 14, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
“Barbas was almost certainly complicit or at least grossly negligent in this.”

Alleged dealer in fatal overdose, career burglar indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 13, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California, Sept. 30, 2014.

Massachusetts churches sue over transgender bathroom bill

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
Four Massachusetts churches Tuesday filed a lawsuit asking to be exempted from a state law that requires public places to allow transgender people to use bathrooms in line with their gender identity.
Sidney Kilmartin

Maine man found guilty of sending cyanide to Englishman

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
Jurors found Sidney Kilmartin, 54, of South Windham guilty on Tuesday of mailing cyanide to an Englishman who used it to commit suicide.

Grandmother admits to buying liquor that nearly killed two teenagers

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 11, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
The girls — one 14 years old at the time and the other 13 — were treated for acute alcohol poisoning.
Gregory Nisbet (right) sits with his lawyers, Sarah Churchill (center) and Matthew Nichols, during closing arguments in Friday's manslaughter trial in Portland. Nisbet is accused of failing to maintain his Noyes Street property that burned down in 2014, killing six young adults. It was the state's most deadly fire in decades.

Judge hears closing arguments in deadly Portland fire trial

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 07, 2016, at 5:56 p.m.
The trial of a Portland landlord charged with manslaughter in Maine’s deadliest house fire in 40 years closed Friday.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin in this May 2015 file photo.

Operation Broken Glass nets 7 men for $1.9 million in illegal elver sales

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 07, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The men were netted in a multi-jurisdictional investigation dubbed Operation Broken Glass and headed up by agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire on Noyes Street in Portland on Nov. 1, 2014.

Portland took complaint about building two years before deadly fire, but inspector never went in

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 06, 2016, at 2:28 p.m.
The city inspector testified Thursday that he never entered the building.
Phoenix, a 6-month-old pit bull mix, rests at the Bangor Humane Society after being turned over by Brewer police earlier that morning after the arrest of his owner in this June 2016 file photo.

Man who dragged puppy gets 118 days, ordered to never own a dog

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 06, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Jeffrey Mayhew, 31, also pleaded guilty to the unrelated charges of operating under the influence of intoxicants, violation of a condition of release and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
Ervin Morrison III

Judge sentences ‘fraudster’ who spent stolen money on motorcycle

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 05, 2016, at 6:41 p.m.
“I don’t believe that you got in over your head in your business, but that you set out to cheat your victims. I view you as a serial fraudster.”
Owls Head maintained that it has an easement along this paved area parallel to the shore, which can be seen in Owls Head in October 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by the New York couple, which claimed the paved area was their driveway, to have the high court hear their appeal of a Maine supreme court decision issued in December 2015.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear case over access to Owls Head beach

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 05, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
A five-year legal battle by a New York couple who tried to block public access over their property to Rockland Harbor has ended.
Dylan Lee Collins, left, of Biddeford stands with his attorney, William Ashe, in his initial court appearance at York County Superior Court on Nov. 7, 2014.

Motion to suppress confession in fatal fire denied

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on Oct. 05, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
Dylan Collins is accused of starting a fire at a multi-unit apartment building on Sept. 18, 2014.

Woman gets 3 years for role in robberies that netted $25,500

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 04, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.

Maine man pleads guilty to illegally trafficking in elvers worth $540,000

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 04, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Yarann Im, 34, admitted to illegally catching, purchasing and selling about 480 pounds of elvers.
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire on Noyes Street in Portland in this November 2014 file photo.

Survivor of Portland fire recalls screams from victims trapped inside

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 04, 2016, at 2:36 p.m.
Visitors and former residents testified Tuesday about the 2014 Noyes Street fire, the state’s most deadly blaze in decades, which killed six people.
Dennis Dechaine, who is serving a life sentence in Maine State Prison for the 1988 murder of Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin, appears in Cumberland County Superior Court on November 7, 2013.

Federal appeals court rejects Dechaine appeal

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
Convicted child killer Dennis Dechaine lost another appeal Monday in his efforts for a new trial.
Sidney Phillip Kilmartin

Jury to decide whether Epsom salt seller is killer or just a flimflam man

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 03, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
A federal jury will decide whether Sidney Kilmartin is a cold-blooded killer or simply a flimflam man who defrauded suicidal people who paid him for potassium cyanide but received Epsom salts instead.

Driver in police chase claims motorcycle reached 170 mph

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
A Waldoboro man made his initial court appearance Monday on charges that he led police on a high-speed chase last month in which he claims his motorcycle reached 170 miles per hour.
The landlord of the Noyes Street apartment building, Gregory Nisbet, can be seen on Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland.

Prosecution: Landlord in fatal Portland fire gave tenants useless rope ladders

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
“All three occupants of the third floor could and would have escaped the fire if indeed there was a means of escape.”