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Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

War and peace on the Maine coast: Trial of shipyard protesters revives Vietnam-era conflicts

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 01, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
Ten of the 12 people charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a public way last year pleaded not guilty in connection with the protest outside the shipyard’s south gate.
Earl Huntley

Hampden man to serve 9 years for sex assault on girls his mother babysat

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 01, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
Robert J. Robinson

Thomaston man gets 20 years for sexually assaulting minors

By Alex Acquisto on Jan. 30, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
A 65-year-old Thomaston man earlier this month pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault against four minors.

Five killed in shooting spree in Quebec City mosque

By Reuters on Jan. 29, 2017, at 9:52 p.m.

Report: Knox County couple drops suit over arrests, receives $31,000

By Alex Acquisto on Jan. 27, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
A Warren couple has been compensated $31,250 after suing Knox County.
Kayla Doherty, 23, with her 17-month-old son Blake Doherty at her mother's Pittsfield home.

Woman who sued over wrongful birth may not recover damages, court says

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 26, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
The birth control device was never inserted in her arm.
Cedric Butler

Boston pair indicted for trafficking crack cocaine in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.
Ariel Perez-Calvo

Man must pay $35,000 in restitution for credit card fraud against Mainers

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
Elizabeth M. Cole

Rockland woman gets 3 months for setting own house on fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 24, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Shane Hall, 29, who was accused of kidnapping a woman, listens to Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody during his initial court appearance in Rockland in this September 2016 file photo.

Man gets 15 years for kidnapping woman off Rockland street

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 24, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
A Portland man will spend the next 15 years in prison and then six years under close supervision for kidnapping a woman off the streets of Rockland last fall.

Bangor crack dealer who sold drugs with child in home gets five years

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 23, 2017, at 4:34 p.m.
“I can’t get the image out of my head of a 3-year-old running around a house filled with drug dealers, one of whom was his father,” the judge said at Wendell White’s sentencing.
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Keith Coleman (center), 29, makes a statement alongside defense attorney's Logan Perkin (left) and Martha Harris during his sentencing hearing on Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her two children.

Man who killed girlfriend, 2 children to spend life in prison

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 19, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The man convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her young son and daughter was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Maine man accused of killing cat, setting family’s barn on fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
On Nov. 8, Andrew Sousa allegedly used a knife to kill the family cat because he was “trying to cleanse the house of evil.”
Kenneth Bailey

Maine man who spent 2 years on the lam sentenced for sex crimes against child

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
Under conditions of a plea agreement, a 60-year-old Bath man charged with 19 counts of sex crimes against a child will serve two and a half years in prison followed by four years of probation.
President Barack Obama holds his final press conference on Wednesday at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Obama pardons Maine woman for 1996 drug crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
A Windham woman convicted more than 20 years ago of a federal drug crime was one of 64 people pardoned Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy infant died of blunt force trauma, extensive injuries

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:39 p.m.
Miranda Hopkins, 32, made her first appearance in Belfast District Court late Tuesday afternoon.

Man serving 18 years for rape sentenced for additional sex crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
A former Indian Island man serving 18 years in prison on sexual assault charges was sentenced on additional counts Tuesday after another victim stepped forward.
David Alan Thiede

Man who robbed Bangor cleaners twice in a week to serve 9 years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
A man convicted of robbing a city laundromat twice in a week last year was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison.
A Bowdoinham woman fired from Bath Iron Works in September 2015 after working at the shipyard for five weeks has filed suit in federal court claiming she was discriminated against because of her gender.

Woman fired after 5 weeks at BIW files sexual harassment lawsuit

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
The supervisor allegedly told her, “I would not ask my wife to do this work, so I’m not going to ask you to do this work.”
A barn at the family homestead of Jonas Gingrich, one of six Amish barns in Easton granted a property tax abatement by the Aroostook County Commissioners in the summer of 2016, can be seen recently in Easton. In January 2017, the Aroostook County Superior Court sided with the town of Easton and ruled that the tax abatements should not have been granted.

Justice overturns tax abatements granted on Amish barns in Aroostook County

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 16, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
A Superior Court justice has overturned a decision by Aroostook County commissioners that had granted tax abatements to Amish families in Easton who said their barns were over-assessed in a 2015 property tax revaluation.