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Hallowell man sentenced to 3 years after pleading guilty to Jefferson burglaries

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on July 14, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A Kennebec County man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty June 26 to burglarizing two Jefferson homes on Nov. 10, 2013. Stephen L. Dingus, 32, of Hallowell, also has to pay $1,092 in restitution to his victims within a year of his release. …
Wendy Farley (left) on Monday waits with her attorney, Peter Rodway of Portland, for Superior Court Justice William Anderson to enter the courtroom at the Piscataqius County Courthouse. Farley pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband nearly two years ago.

Mother of 13 pleads guilty for trying to hire hit man to kill husband, to serve 120 days of 10-year sentence

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A former Brownville woman whose trial ended with a deadlocked jury earlier this year pleaded guilty Monday to a charge in connection with her attempt to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Wendy Farley, 48, was sentenced by Superior Court Justice William Anderson to 10 …

Judge rejects prosecution request to ban man from Maine island

By Stephen Betts on July 11, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old North Haven man will be able to return home, a judge ruled Friday. Judge Barbara Raimondi rejected a request by Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Jones who asked Harold D. Sandelin Jr. be prohibited from returning to North Haven while a charge of violating a protective …
Gary Allen Irving, who was convicted of three rapes in Massachusetts in 1978 and was found living in Gorham last week, appears in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court Monday morning.

Convicted serial rapist who hid in Maine for 34 years sentenced for crimes as a fugitive

By Seth Koenig on July 11, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A man who was convicted of three brutal rapes in Massachusetts during the late 1970s and then spent more than three decades hiding out in Gorham was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on Friday for charges tied to his time in Maine. Gary Irving, 53, …

Supreme Judicial Court upholds judgment in Augusta man’s theft conviction

By Dawn Gagnon on July 10, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Thursday the judgment by the trial court finding an Augusta man guilty of theft by unauthorized taking. At issue was whether statements Karl V. Kittredge was in custody when two Maine State Police troopers interviewed him in the office of his …
John Cecil Slater

Maine sex offender accused in June bank robbery appears in federal court

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 10, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Convicted sex offender John Cecil Slater, who was identified by several people who recognized him in a surveillance photo as the person suspected of robbing a Hallowell bank last month, made his first appearance Thursday in federal court. Slater, 66, who was convicted in Skowhegan Superior Court …

Gray man pleads guilty to making counterfeit money with inkjet printer

By Seth Koenig on July 10, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gray man has pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit money, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced Thursday. John E. Williams, 33, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, Delahanty’s office said in an announcement. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Williams created at …
William True

Lewiston man indicted in connection with April 2013 killing

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was indicted on a charge of murder Wednesday in the 2013 slaying of another Lewiston man, according to reports. William True, originally charged with hindering apprehension, now faces a murder charge in the slaying of 20-year-old Romeo Parent, according to a Lewiston Sun Journal …
Bruce A. Wilbur Jr.

Hancock man accused of robbing pharmacy agrees to serve six months behind bars

By Bill Trotter on July 09, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock man accused of robbing prescription drugs from a supermarket this past March has not yet been found guilty but has started serving a jail sentence of at least six months, according to attorneys involved in his case. Jeffrey Toothaker said his client, Bruce A. Wilbur …

State seeks to offer evidence that man accused of trying to kill wife on Camden cliff also tried to poison her

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The prosecution has asked the court to allow it to present evidence to a jury that a former Camden resident accused of trying to push his wife off a cliff had previously tried to poison her. A motion was filed Monday in Knox County Superior Court by …

Lobster cooperative asks court to order feds to hand over $70,000 in confiscated funds

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Spruce Head Fishermen’s Cooperative has asked a federal court to order the U.S. government to return $70,000 it seized from a former manager who has been accused of stealing from the organization. The cooperative filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. The money …
Patrik Arsenault

Former special education teacher from Norridgewock admits to sexually abusing boys

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 08, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former special education teacher admitted in federal court on Tuesday that he photographed himself sexually abusing three young boys in 2013 and then emailed the child pornography to other pedophiles. Patrik Ian Arsenault, 26, of Norridgewock appeared before U.S. District Judge John Woodcock Jr. at the …

Sex assault, prison charges, drugs dominate Knox County grand jury

By Stephen Betts on July 08, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Fifteen people were indicted Monday by a Knox County Grand Jury that met for one day. Charges issued by the grand jury ranged from sexual assault to drug possession, and also included alleged offenses by Maine State Prison inmates. Josiah A. Bernardo, 18, Rockland, was indicted for …
Jeffrey Kimball

Bangor man found passed out on heroin in car sentenced to 30 days in jail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 08, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was arrested on New Year’s Eve after he was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle passed out on heroin, entered two guilty pleas Monday to operating under the influence and drug possession. Jeffrey Kimball, 36, was found inside his running car …

New York City man sentenced to more than 8 years for drug conspiracy

By Dawn Gagnon on July 07, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 46-year-old New York City man was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison for distribution of oxycodone and cocaine and for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the drugs. Kenneth Robinson, known as “Kill,” also was ordered to undergo three years of supervised …
James F. Ford

Monroe marijuana farm patriarch sentence postponed for Smarter Sentencing Act passage

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 07, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge postponed the sentencing of a Waldo County man found guilty in November of operating a large-scale, indoor marijuana farm with his family to allow for the possible passage of the Smarter Sentencing Act, which could decrease his sentence. James F. Ford, 58, of Monroe …

Bangor man with cocaine conviction asks for trial for Acadia coke possession

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 07, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man with a prior conviction for selling cocaine who allegedly was caught with the same street drug last month at Acadia National Park entered a not guilty plea Monday on the drug possession charge and was granted a trial in U.S. District Court. Glenn G. …
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Lawsuit alleges worker mistreatment during 2008 Maine blueberry harvest

By Darren Fishell on July 07, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The nonprofit Pine Tree Legal Assistance has filed a lawsuit alleging that two blueberry farm operators, a farm labor recruiter and various housing providers violated federal labor law in hiring for Maine’s 2008 blueberry harvest. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor alleges more than …

Two South Thomaston men charged in bath salts trafficking case

By WGME on July 05, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — Two South Thomaston men face drug trafficking charges after a three-month investigation by police into a midcoast bath salts operation. On Friday, search warrants were executed on the home and business of Herman “Rusty” Hoffman, 39, in South Thomaston and Waldoboro, and police found 500 bath …

Kittery man indicted on forgery, identity fraud charges

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 04, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — A man who pretended to be someone else as he tried to cash a check at a local branch of Bank of New Hampshire has been indicted on charges of forgery and identity fraud. Nathan Copeland, 20, of 175 Haley Road in Kittery, Maine, allegedly wrote out …
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