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Brunswick Junior High School.

Brunswick agrees to $125,000 payment to settle lawsuit by former student

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 10, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
“It’s a particularly strict enforcement provision.”
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland is escorted into the court room at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Oct. 26, 2016.

Jury: Coleman guilty of murdering girlfriend, her two children in Garland

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 10, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
Jurors deliberated for fewer than three hours over two days before finding Keith Coleman guilty of murdering his girlfriend and her young children nearly two years ago in the trailer they shared in Garland.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland is escorted into the court room on Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman is accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her children in December 2014.

Jury begins deliberating in Garland triple homicide

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 09, 2016, at 8:20 p.m.
Jurors sent out a note about 8 p.m. asking to recess overnight. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland sits on Oct. 26 in the court room at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman is accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her two children in December 2014.

Closing arguments presented in trial of man charged in triple homicide

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 09, 2016, at 5:27 p.m.
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center on the 10th day of the trial of Keith Coleman, accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her children, aged 10 and 8, in December 2014.
James Allen

Maine man faces 100 years in prison for raping teenage runaway in Delaware

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 09, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
A 36-year-old Dresden man pleaded guilty in Delaware on Nov. 3 to charges that he raped a 14-year-old runaway at a Delaware motel in 2015.
Leda Giggey

Maine woman gets six years for conspiring to distribute bath salts

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 08, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
Leda Giggey, 45, also was ordered by to undergo three years of supervised release upon completion of her prison term.

Stetson man sentenced to nearly 6 years for cocaine, oxycodone trafficking conspiracy

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 08, 2016, at 3:24 p.m.
Brandon Ogden

Levant man who caused Brewer standoff gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 08, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport.

Gay ex-guard at Down East prison settles discrimination lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 07, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
A gay former prison guard settled her civil rights discrimination lawsuit against the Maine Department of Corrections for an undisclosed amount Friday, according to information posted on the U.S. District Court website.
Mohamud Mohamed

Three plead guilty to murder charges in Biddeford man’s death

By Liz Gotthelf, Journal Tribune on Nov. 06, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
On March 26, 2013, Charles Raybine was shot in the face three times while sitting inside a rental car in the parking lot of the Parish Place apartment complex on Birch Street.

New York man sentenced for role in Maine heroin trafficking ring

By J.W. Oliver on Nov. 06, 2016, at 10:18 a.m.
A New York man has been sentenced to 15 months in custody and two years of probation for his involvement in narcotics trafficking in Waldoboro.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland is escorted into the court room on Oct. 26 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman is accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her children in December 2014.

Sobbing Garland man told police he killed ‘Chrissie and the kids’

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 04, 2016, at 6:19 p.m.
A sobbing Keith Coleman, who is charged with three counts of intentional or knowing murder, confessed that he killed “Chrissie and the kids” in a videotaped interview played for jurors.
A legal battle over whether enough is being done in Maine to protect the Canada lynx from being killed or injured by trappers is in the hands of a federal judge after a hearing Thursday that drew about 30 people to the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building.

Federal judge to decide whether enough is being done in Maine to protect lynx

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 03, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
A legal battle over whether enough is being done in Maine to protect the Canada lynx from being killed or injured by trappers is in the hands of a federal judge after a hearing Thursday that drew about 30 people to the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building.

In second trial, jury acquits Maine man of sexual assault charges

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 03, 2016, at 8:03 a.m.
After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 11 charges.
Scott Gagnon, who also goes by Missy

Maine inmate sues over access to transgender health care

By Jake Bleiberg on Nov. 02, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
A transgender inmate is suing a company that provides health care services for state prisons, demanding hair removal treatment and gender reassignment surgery for herself and the reinstatement of hormone therapy for two other inmates.
Laura Lyons

Bangor couple sentenced for letting drug dealers sell out of their home

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 02, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
They allowed their Essex Street trailer to be used by drug dealers as a place to sell and store drugs in exchange for heroin.
Mandy Dennison

Mother reaches plea deal after child found in drainage ditch

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
A local woman will avoid jail time if she adheres to a series of conditions after admitting to endangering the welfare of her 3-year-old son, who was found lying in a drainage ditch but unharmed near her apartment complex.
Rachel Anderson

Boothbay woman gets 2½ years for child pornography

By J.W. Oliver on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
Shawn D. Wilkie

Maine man pleads guilty to fatally shooting puppy with pellet gun

By J.W. Oliver on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.

Teen accused of killing parents makes first court appearance

By Judy Harrison and Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
Andrew Balcer allegedly killed Anthony and Alice Balcer, both 47, late Sunday or early Monday.