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Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center on Dec. 8.

Jurors in slaying of Oakfield couple deliberate 6 hours, go home for night

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
Jurors deliberated six hours Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center before asking to go home for the night without reaching a verdict in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center, Dec. 8, 2016.

Jurors begin deliberating in Oakfield slayings, thefts, arsons

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
Jurors deliberated nearly three hours Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center before breaking for lunch in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Jury to deliberate Tuesday on fate of Houlton man charged with Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
Jurors will begin deliberating Tuesday morning in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton after hearing closing arguments Monday afternoon.

Obama’s pardon list includes 2 from Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 19, 2016, at 5:55 p.m.
President Obama shortened prison sentences for 153 convicts and pardoned 78 others — including two men from Maine.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Defense tries to show accused killer’s feet too big to have been at crime scenes

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
A private investigator hired by the defense on Monday measured the feet of Matthew Davis, who is accused of slaying an Oakfield couple more than three years ago as part of a crime spree, to show jurors that his size 10½ feet were two sizes larger than the footprints found at two of the scenes.

Cushing boat captain charged in deaths of two crew members

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 19, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Christopher Hutchinson, 28, was arrested Monday and charged by indictment with seaman’s manslaughter.

Jury awards woman $15,000 over violation of family leave law

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 16, 2016, at 5:48 p.m.
Jeannie Chapman, 37, of Brewer (left) and her attorney, David Bate, of Bangor appear Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Chapman was sentenced to three years with all but 60 days suspended for striking a man playing Pokemon Go in July with her car.

Driver who hit man playing Pokemon Go gets 60 days

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 16, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Jeannie M. Chapman, 37, was convicted earlier this month of injuring a 37-year-old Bangor man who was in a crosswalk in downtown Bangor.
Hollie Ann Beal stands in February in front of her Sandy Point home that has been declared a dangerous structure by town officials. Beal, who has been working to renovate it over the last couple of years, is appealing to the state supreme court the town's decision to condemn it.

Fate of Stockton Springs woman’s house in hands of Maine court

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 15, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will decide if a Stockton Springs woman’s home is a dangerous structure and should be destroyed or if she will be able to live there.
Dylann Storm Roof appears by closed-circuit television at his bond hearing in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. June 19, 2015 in a still image from video.

White supremacist found guilty on all counts in Charleston church massacre

By Greg Lacour, Reuters on Dec. 15, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
The 12 jurors deliberated for a little less than two hours.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine joins lawsuit over alleged price fixing of generic drugs

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 15, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
Maine joined a federal lawsuit filed against six generic drug companies alleging they entered into illegal conspiracies to artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition.
David Alan Thiede

Maine man who robbed laundromat sent back to federal prison for 3 years

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 14, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock found Wednesday that David Alan Thiede had violated the terms of his supervised release by committing new crimes.
Garrett Brosnan

Former Maine police officer to be sentenced for attempting to send nude photos to minor

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 13, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.

Man gets 15 years for smuggling nearly 20,000 bags of heroin into Maine

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 13, 2016, at 2:27 p.m.
The sentencing was the fifth time in about 12 years that Don Grace has been ordered to serve time in federal prison.

Portland man guilty of murder in death of ‘peacekeeper’

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 13, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
Abdirahman Huessin Haji-Hassan shot Richard Lobor in the leg then in the head.
Doug Morin (left), his niece Lillian (center) and his father, Doug Sr., can be seen in this undated family photograph.

Two men indicted on murder charges to return to Maine

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.

Woman charged in Wal-Mart parking lot gun incident pleads no contest to assault

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.

Former Maine man charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
Roger Joseph Dana, 43, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death last month of his daughter.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center. The trial was moved after a jury could not be seated in Houlton.

Witnesses testify about alleged crimes before, after Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Prosecution witnesses on the third day of the Matthew Davis double murder trial testified about events police have said took place before and after Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared.

South African man admits to child sexual exploitation, sending child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 08, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
A man from South Africa, who was extradited to Maine in 2014, admitted in federal court on Thursday that he took sexually explicit photographs of a minor girl and sent them to undercover federal agents in Maine investigating the online exchange of child pornography.