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Parenting expert sues Disney, says it stole ‘Inside Out’ idea

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on June 20, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.
A parenting and child development specialist has sued Walt Disney Co and its Pixar unit, accusing them of stealing from her the concept for their 2015 blockbuster movie, “Inside Out.”
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin in a 2015 photo.

Maine man pleads guilty to illegal trafficking in baby eels valued at $375K

By Beth Brogan on June 20, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
He faces up to five years in prison with a maximum of 3 years supervised release.

Maine woman accused of faking cancer, accepting donations pleads not guilty

By BDN Staff on June 20, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
A Sebago woman, 25, who authorities say faked cancer and accepted donations from friends and family pled not guilty to the charge.

High court: Top US officials aren’t liable in 9/11 rights issue

By Robert Barnes, Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
High-level U.S. government officials cannot be held liable for the alleged unconstitutional treatment of noncitizens detained after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Zane Wetzel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography In December 2016 in federal court in Bangor, can be seen in Boston in this December 2010 file photo.

Man who survived high voltage accident sentenced for child porn

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2017, at 9:50 p.m.
Investigators said Zane Wetzel used peer-to-peer file sharing networks to download hundreds of images at a time. Some of the child porn included men sexually assaulting children, with images and videos saved to the hard drive of his computer.
Dushko Venelinov Vulchev

Competency hearing set for Houlton man charged with kidnapping

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2017, at 9:43 p.m.
Vulchev was indicted on eight charges by the Aroostook County grand jury last June — kidnapping, domestic violence assault, obstructing the report of a crime, theft, domestic violence terrorizing, improper contact and two counts of violating conditions of release.
Wynter Przybylski, 9, looks over her shoulder to see where her nurse, Stephanie Shapiro, is while making their way home after school in Topsham Tuesday. Przybylski will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair due to a misdiagnosis in February 2014.

Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Wynter Przybylski, now 9, was cured of leukemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant, but she is expected to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life because her problem wasn’t caught in time.
Gregory Nisbet stands up after he was found not guilty of manslaughter by Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren. Nisbet is the landlord who owned the Portland building where six young adults died in a fire in 2014.

Portland landlord sentenced to jail for role in deadly fire denied new trial

By Jake Bleiberg on June 19, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
A judge has denied the request for a new trial by the landlord who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his role in Maine’s deadliest house fire in decades.
Washington Redskins helmets are lined up on the sideline during minicamp at Redskins Park.

Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates First Amendment

By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post on June 19, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
“In the sense relevant here, that is viewpoint discrimination,” Alito wrote. “Giving offense is a viewpoint.”
Bill Cosby walks out of the Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt (L), after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial when the jury declared it could not reach a verdict.

Mistrial is declared in sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post on June 17, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday after a jury was “hopelessly deadlocked” on sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby, whose legacy has been tarnished by a years-long sex and drugging scandal.
Hazen McDugald

Eastport man found not criminally responsible for vicious assaults

By Bill Trotter on June 16, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
As a result of the plea deal, Hazen McDugald is expected to be committed indefinitely to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

Judge rules Massachusetts woman guilty in texting suicide case

By Lindsey Bever and Kristine Phillips, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.
A Massachusetts judge found a young woman guilty of manslaughter Friday for a series of text messages to her boyfriend urging him to commit suicide in 2014.
Burton Hagar

Bail set for Maine man charged with 1979 death of infant son

By Beth Brogan on June 16, 2017, at 10:56 a.m.

Stun gun lawsuit settled with Bangor police for $525,000

By Judy Harrison on June 15, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
The family of a Bangor man who died after being subdued by Bangor police using a stun gun has settled a lawsuit against the department for $525,000.
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for the fourth day of jury deliberation in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 15, 2017.

Jury in Cosby trial says it is deadlocked, will continue deliberating

By Joseph Ax, Reuters on June 15, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
The jurors at comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial said on Thursday they were deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are seen at the Oceti Sakowin campground near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. Nov. 19, 2016.

Federal judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post on June 15, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
A federal judge Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access pipeline but stopped short of halting oil-pumping operations pending further hearings beginning June 21.
Dale Pinkham

Maine family patriarch gets 20 years for running heroin ring

By Judy Harrison on June 15, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Dale Pinkham Sr., 57, in September pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to possess stolen firearms and attempted witness tampering on the day a jury was to be selected for his trial.

Former prison guard sued for alleged sexual assault

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2017, at 7:04 p.m.
The 32-year-old former inmate sued Josh Dall-Leighton, 31, of Standish, the state of Maine and Department of Corrections officials, including Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick.
Reginald Dobbins (sat far end of defense table) sits with his defense attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, and listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

20-year-old found guilty in Houlton murder

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.
After an eight day trial and eight hours of deliberation, jurors found Reginald Dobbins guilty of murder in the beating and stabbing death of 61-year-old Keith Suitter two years ago.

Maine woman charged with manslaughter, OUI after Route 1 crash that killed couple

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
Danielle R. Ward, whom police said was operating under the influence when her vehicle struck another vehicle on Route 1, killing a Woolwich couple in January, has been indicted for manslaughter.