Court News


Sanford man previously convicted of assault sentenced for gun possession

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 29, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
A Sanford man who was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime in 2010 that barred him from having guns was sentenced for felony gun possession Tuesday in federal court, according to a news release issued by the office of acting U.S. Attorney Richard W. Murphy.
Oil conduit leads away from the Portland Pipe Line Corporation's terminal facility on the South Portland waterfront, Feb. 1, 2013.

South Portland must cover full cost of pipeline suit, Maine’s top court rules

By Jake Bleiberg on March 29, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
Local taxpayers will be left to foot a legal bill that has already topped $1 million.
Michael J. Hashey

Ex-Old Town police officer indicted on theft, tax evasion charges

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 6:57 p.m.
Former Old Town police sergeant Michael J. Hashey is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the City of Old Town.
Robert Kenneth Lindell

Ex-legislator pleads not guilty to defrauding elderly widow out of $2 million

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Robert Kenneth Lindell Jr. is accused of bilking the money from the victim, who died in June 2012 at the age of 92, and from her estate and life insurance payout.
Ashley Dowdy

Maine woman sentenced to prison after selling heroin that killed a man

By J.W. Oliver on March 21, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
A Wiscasset woman who police say was the supplier to a Wiscasset man who died of a heroin overdose in August 2016 has been sentenced to two years in prison.
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. in a 2013 file photo.

Penobscot County may be able to buy old YMCA rather than take it by eminent domain

By Judy Harrison on March 20, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.

Gang leader pleads guilty to multiple charges, admits role in four murders

By Dawn Gagnon on March 18, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
A leader of a gang that brought crack cocaine from Connecticut to the Bangor area to be sold and transported guns purchased illegally pleaded guilty to federal racketeering, drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
A lawsuit filed on March 10 is seeking class-action status on behalf of all the strip club dancers who work for VCG Holding Corp., which owns PT.

Federal lawsuit over strip club wages could include Maine dancers

By Judy Harrison on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
The lawsuit alleged that dancers were “misclassified” by the company as independent contractors rather than employees and were required to pay varying fees for dancing during certain hours, parking their cars and bottled water.
Two men died and a third was critically injured when the 2010 Toyota Tacoma they were riding in struck a utility pole and rolled several times in Prospect in Sept. 2016.

Man indicted on manslaughter for fatal Prospect crash

By Nick McCrea on March 18, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Adam Littlefield had at least three prior convictions in the past decade for driving with a revoked license, including one Aug. 23, 2016, just days before the fatal crash.
James Kuhn

Maine father who had used shock collar on kids pleads to explosives charge

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 5:12 p.m.
A Department of Health and Human Services employee reported receiving a tip that Kuhn built improvised explosive devices and blew them up near his 7-year old son.
Glenn Reed, 69, of Searsmont was arrested Feb. 22 for unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. He has a long history of sexual crimes in the midcoast.

Midcoast man with sex assault history indicted on recent charges

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.
Reed’s record of convictions for violent sexual crimes stretches back to a 1983 conviction for raping a teenage hitchhiker he had picked up in Lincolnville.
James Allen

Maine man convicted of raping teen in Delaware faces federal charges

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
A 36-year-old Dresden man serving 18 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old in a Delaware motel will be arraigned March 23 on federal charges that include production, possession and receipt of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor stemming from the same incident.

Caribou man accused of stealing snowsled, car among those indicted by Aroostook grand jury

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
A Caribou man was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury after allegedly stealing a car and a snowmobile on Jan. 1, 2017.

Man accused of robbery while serving drug court sentence pleads not guilty

By Judy Harrison on March 17, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Miami baseball star Fernandez responsible for deadly boat crash

By Zachary Fagenson, Reuters on March 17, 2017, at 5:51 a.m.
Miami baseball star Jose Fernandez was to blame for a boat crash that killed him and two passengers last year, Florida officials said on Thursday, finding that his reckless and impaired driving led the vessel to slam into a rock jetty.
Chelsea Larrabee

Belfast woman to be sentenced for role in deadly crash

By Nick McCrea on March 16, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
A local woman will be sentenced next month for manslaughter and other charges following a car crash last year that caused the death of one of her passengers.

Warrant issued for Virgin Islands man who did not show up at trial again

By Judy Harrison on March 15, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.
A Superior Court judge issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of a former Windham man accused of financially exploiting an elderly neighbor after he did not show up for his jury trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Monsanto is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S. on May 9, 2016.

EPA deputy accused of working with Monsanto to kill cancer study

By Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg on March 15, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” the EPA deputy division director said, according to a court filing.
William Sheldon is accused of poaching baby eels, also known as elvers, such as those pictured above.

Feds accuse Maine man of trafficking in poached baby eels

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2017, at 5:34 p.m.
Each of the seven counts carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Canadian man who worked illegally in U.S. for 38 years gets time served

By Judy Harrison on March 14, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
John D. Fraser was arrested on Nov. 20 after he attempted to cross the border in Calais.