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Danny Wayne Douglas

Indiana man accused of posing as Maine high school student to solicit explicit photos from teen

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
WISCASSET | An Indiana man has been extradited to Wiscasset for allegedly posing as a Maine high school student on Facebook and convincing a Lincoln County minor to send him sexually explicit photographs. A U.S. marshal on Nov. 8 brought Danny Wayne Douglas, 47, of Thorntown, Indiana, to Two …
Nathaniel Kibby

NH man accused of locking teen in shipping container, sexually assaulting her in 10-month ordeal

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 7:06 a.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man repeatedly raped a teenage girl, binding her and using a “Taser-like” device to punish her over the 10-month period he held her in a shipping container, state prosecutors charged in court documents on Wednesday. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was charged with more than 150 …
Jeffrey Barnard

Man shot in Ellsworth standoff refuses to enter a plea, get dressed to attend court

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
BANGOR | The man who was shot in the face during a standoff with police on June 1 in Ellsworth refused to enter a plea on a gun charge Wednesday at his arraignment in U.S. District Court. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison entered a not-guilty plea to one count …

Jury finds Lewiston man guilty of murder

By Chris Williams on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
AUBURN — A jury found William True, 21, of Lewiston guilty of the murder of Romeo Parent on Wednesday after two half-days of deliberation. Visit the link to read the report in its entirety:

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

By Tim McLaughlin, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
BOSTON — Two pharmacists from Massachusetts were charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people and injured about 750, according to an indictment made public Wednesday. The 131-count indictment accuses 14 people who either worked or acted as owners of …

Saco man sentenced to time in jail for attempted robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
A local man will spend 42 months behind bars for his role in an attempted convenience store robbery earlier this year, according to police. Mark Cassette, 27, who pled guilty on Dec. 9, was sentenced to eight years in prison with all but 42 months suspended, along …
James Cameron

Ex-prosecutor sentenced to 15 years, 9 months in federal prison on child pornography, flight charges

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 17, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR | The state’s former top drug prosecutor will spend less time behind bars on child pornography charges than he would have if he hadn’t cut off his ankle bracelet and fled the state two years ago. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock resentenced James M. Cameron on Wednesday to …

Maine Supreme Court upholds $750K award to victim of bicycle accident

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a $750,000 award to the victim of a 2010 bicycle accident and in the process clarified motorists in Maine are liable for cyclists’ safety. Monica Semian, a Romanian exchange student, was living and working in Ogunquit during the summer …
Gary Prolman

No ‘babe in the woods’: Judge sends Saco attorney to federal prison for money laundering

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | A federal judge had to reconcile two sharply contrasting images of Saco lawyer and hockey agent Gary Prolman presented Tuesday before settling on a sentence for conspiring to launder drug money. Ultimately, U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal said he didn’t buy Prolman’s story he was …
Thomas Harmon

Brunswick man to serve 7 years in prison for gross sexual assault of a child

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 16, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
A 29-year-old Brunswick man will serve seven years in prison for the gross sexual assault of a 12-year-old. Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Elizabeth Wheeler sentenced Thomas “T.J.” Harmon to 15 years, all but seven years suspended, and four years probation, for the Class A felony, Brunswick …
Law enforcement officials with Maine State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard (with hoods up) stand by as Mike Miller, acting chief of the Southwest Harbor Police Department, picks up a tape barrier that blew over in the wind and Officer Shawn Murphy takes photos in the background on Oct. 22. According to Miller, authorities have decided not to charge two fishermen involved in the incident, which was meant to be a prank.

Police: No charges against prankster in Southwest Harbor bomb scare

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 16, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
No charges will be filed against a person who planted a fake bomb near a local municipal pier in October, according to a local police official. Lt. Mike Miller, acting chief of the Southwest Harbor Police Department, said Tuesday that the fake bomb was part of …
Leanna Norris enters the court room on the first day of her trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Oct. 27.

Judge finds mother guilty of murder in the death of her toddler, rejects insanity defense

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 16, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
BANGOR | A Superior Court judge on Monday rejected the insanity defense of a woman who admitted killing her toddler last year and found Leanna Norris guilty of murder. Norris, 25, of Auburn, formerly of Stetson, repeatedly admitted to investigators that on the evening of June 23, 2013, she …
Zedric Joseph

Former UMaine student held for murder in Florida wants Christmas visit from mom

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A former University of Maine football player, charged with first-degree murder in Florida, is scheduled to appear in court this week to seek permission for his mother and grandmother visit him on either Christmas or Christmas Eve. Zedric Joseph is charged with first-degree murder, attempted …
James Cameron, 52, of Rome.

Attorney seeks 6 ½ -year sentence for ex-drug prosecutor who fled Maine after court upheld child pornography counts

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
BANGOR | The attorney representing the state’s former top drug prosecutor, who fled the state after some but not all of his convictions on child pornography charges were overturned two years ago, has recommended James Cameron spend 6 ½ years behind bars. David Beneman said in his 54-page sentencing …

Stockton Springs man who threw wife against refrigerator sentenced to month in jail

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
BELFAST | A Stockton Springs man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife in February has been sentenced to serve a month in county jail. Neil Nightingale, 59, had been arrested on Feb. 23, the day after the assault. The victim told a Maine State Police trooper that Nightingale …

Feds offer more details in court papers on illegal lobster sales

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 13, 2014, at 3 p.m.
SPRUCE HEAD | The former manager of one of the state’s largest lobster cooperatives had a clandestine arrangement with certain members of that organization to buy lobsters from them in cash and evade income taxes, according to papers filed by the federal government in court. Robert Thompson, 53, of …

Rockport man ordered to pay $5 million to settle fraud lawsuit

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
A Rockport man who was accused of concocting an elaborate scheme to bilk an international window treatment firm of nearly $5 million has agreed to repay the company. The settlement and judgment against Jason T. Throne and Patent Services Group Inc. were filed Nov. 21 in U.S. …
Dylan Collins

Suspect in fatal Biddeford fire pleads not guilty to arson, murder charges, but allegedly told police he set blaze to scare former girlfriend

By Brad Rogers, CBS 13 on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
ALFRED | A Biddeford teenager pleaded not guilty in York County Superior Court on Friday morning to murder and arson charges related to a Biddeford fire that killed two men in September. Dylan Collins, 18, is accused of setting a Sept. 18 apartment house fire that killed two people, …
Adam L. Dodge

Thomaston man admits to multiple charges, including striking seal with his skiff

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Thomaston man only will receive fines for striking a seal with his skiff this past summer, sharing Suboxone with his fiancee and driving to endanger if he adheres to terms of a deal approved in court Friday. Justice William Stokes accepted a plea deal worked out …
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez enters the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts, in this May 2014 file photo.

Judge rules last messages of ex-Patriots player’s alleged victim not admissible

By Scott Malone, Reuters on Dec. 12, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
FALL RIVER, Massachusetts — The jury at the murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez will not hear of the last text messages his alleged victim sent to his sister or details of another dual murder the defendant is charged with, a Massachusetts judge ruled Friday. Prosecutors had argued …
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