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NJ man who falsely claimed he was offered a job in exchange for 3-way sex pleads guilty to extortion

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count of extortion in connection with his attempts to land a job at Vescom Corp., a Hampden-based firm that provides security for businesses. By pleading guilty, Patrick M. Curley, 50, of Passaic, N.J., admitted …
District Judge D. Brock Hornby in 2012.

Cape Elizabeth judge wins award named for former federal bench colleague

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby on Sunday received the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award during an event at Colby College. Receiving the award, which was created to honor the memory of a former colleague, meant a great deal to Hornby, the judge said last …

Judge sets bail for Jefferson man accused of sexually assaulting young child 8 years ago

By Stephen Betts on April 04, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge set bail Friday at $10,000 cash for a 55-year-old Jefferson man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over a six-year period. Judge Susan Sparaco set the bail for Darrell Crosby during a hearing in Rockland District Court. He remained in jail Friday afternoon. Crosby said …
Joseph Lewis

Botched bank job nets Waldoboro man 6 months in jail

By Stephen Betts on April 04, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Waldoboro man who attempted but failed to rob a bank in Union last year is serving a six-month jail sentence. Joseph M. Lewis was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm in Knox County Superior Court to five years in jail with all but six months suspended. …

East Central Franklin woman sentenced to 51 months for pharmacy robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on April 03, 2014, at 6 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A woman from the unorganized township of East Central Franklin was sentenced to 51 months in prison for robbing Western Maine Pharmacy in Kingfield. During a hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Michelle L. Wilcox, 28, also was ordered to undergo three years of supervised release …
Ralph Levesque

Mars Hill robbery suspect to be arraigned Friday

By Jen Lynds on April 03, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
MARS HILL, Maine— A 26-year-old local man will be arraigned Friday in connection with the robbery of a Mars Hill convenience store and the theft of goods from another store on Wednesday evening, Sgt. Forrest Dudley of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday. Ralph Levesque remained at the Aroostook …
The former HoltraChem facility (left) and the PERC plant in Orrington.

Maine Supreme Court affirms judgment requiring former HoltraChem plant owner to adopt cleanup plan

BDN staff reports on April 03, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday affirmed a ruling requiring the former owner of the defunct HoltraChem plant in Orrington to proceed with a plan to clean up pollution from the site. St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Inc., the only former owner of HoltraChem still in business, had …

NH man sentenced for York County bank robberies

By Dawn Gagnon on April 02, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A New Hampshire man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised release for armed bank robbery. Daniel Barry, 38, of Pembroke, N.H., also was ordered to pay $15,471 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty …

Two Bangor residents plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute bath salts

By Dawn Gagnon on April 02, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Two Bangor residents pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a synthetic hallucinogen commonly called “bath salts” or “monkey dust.” Adam Hathorn, 36, and Tina Keaton, 32, also known as “Fumble,” entered pleas at U.S. District Court in …
Matthew McMahan

Bail set at $2,500 for Bangor man accused of assaulting 17-month-old

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 02, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bruises that started at one ear of a 17-month-old local boy and stretched all the way around the back of his head to the other ear are the basis for a felony assault charge leveled against the boyfriend of the child’s mother, court documents state. Matthew McMahan, …

Former Bath man convicted of manslaughter back in prison after violating probation

By Beth Brogan on April 02, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
WEST BATH, Maine — A former Bath man who was sentenced in 2007 to eight years in prison for killing a Topsham man in a car crash has been returned to prison for violating terms of his probation. John P. Allen, 59, most recently of the Thomaston area, was convicted …
Benjamin Rossignol

Stockholm man accused of sexually assaulting infant indicted on federal charges, appears in court

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 02, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Stockholm man charged with sexually assaulting a 1-month-old girl and posting graphic pictures of the infant online has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two additional charges. Benjamin Rossignol, wearing an orange jumpsuit, appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday where he entered not guilty …

State board to hold hearing on complaints against Bowdoinham lawyer

By Stephen Betts on April 02, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The board that oversees lawyers has scheduled a hearing for later this month on a pair of complaints against a Bowdoinham attorney accused of misconduct and conflicts of interest. The hearing before the grievance commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar concerning Andrews Campbell …
Ruth Moore

Maine’s Ruth Moore settles civil rights suit against her former Vermont school district

By Abigail Curtis on April 02, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — When Ruth Moore was a teenage Navy sailor a quarter-century ago, she was raped twice by her immediate supervisor while stationed at a base on the Azores. Though she was incorrectly diagnosed with a mental health disorder and discharged from the Navy, Moore never gave up on …
Kaihlil Nigro

Convicted cocaine dealer loses bid for new trial

By Stephen Betts on April 02, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 39-year-old Portland man serving seven years in prison for dealing cocaine in Rockland will not get a new trial. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm rejected the new trial request Monday on behalf of Kaihlil T. P. Nigro, despite the defense’s arguments that Nigro was denied information before the …

Milo man wears Colt 45 shirt to sentencing, gets 18 months for stealing $43,000 in copper

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 01, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The criminal history, recent convictions and new pending charges against a Milo man who admitted in November to stealing more than $40,000 in copper from Bangor Hydro Electric Co. substations, did not bode well when he was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in federal court. The Colt 45 T-shirt …
Guy Hunnewell (left) sits with his attorneys, Jeremy Pratt (center), and Philip Cohen, before the start of a hearing Tuesday in which he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of another prisoner.

Maine inmate who killed fellow prisoner with guitar gets life sentence

By Stephen Betts on April 01, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 43-year-old Maine State Prison inmate will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was convicted Tuesday of beating a fellow prisoner to death with an electric guitar last summer. Guy E. Hunnewell pleaded no contest Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to both …
Brent Pelkey

Lincoln man gets 6 months for theft of handgun, $10,000, but will finish high school before doing time

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 01, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A 19-year-old local man will graduate high school before serving 6 months in jail for stealing a handgun and $10,000 from an Enfield Road residence in July 2013, officials said Tuesday. Brent Pelkey of Lincoln received a three-year sentence with all but six months suspended, plus three …

Accused ‘Craigslist killer’ to make Pennsylvania court appearance

By David DeKok, Reuters on April 01, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A woman dubbed the “Craigslist killer” suspect makes her first court appearance on Tuesday in Pennsylvania since making controversial claims that she is a serial killer with at least 22 victims. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing …

New York man pleads guilty to bringing 645 oxycodone pills to Maine with intent to distribute

By Nick McCrea on March 31, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, a little more than a year after a woman he was with was caught transporting 645 illicit pills in a body cavity, according to a news release from U.S. …
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