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Premium yoga pants, made popular among the masses by Lululemon, can run up to $200.

Lululemon yoga pants lawsuit properly dismissed

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on May 15, 2015, at 12:31 p.m.
NEW YORK — A U.S. appeals court Friday agreed with Lululemon Athletica Inc. that a lawsuit accusing the retailer of defrauding shareholders by failing to reveal defects that caused yoga pants to become see-through was properly dismissed. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said shareholders led by …
Andrea Carlow

Lincoln woman gets 6 months for possession of 66 bags of heroin

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 14, 2015, at 6:36 p.m.
A 24-year-old woman began serving a six-month jail sentence on Monday as part of a plea bargain after police found 66 bags of heroin and a handgun at her Enfield Road home in March, officials said Thursday. Andrea Carlow of Lincoln pleaded guilty to charges of possession …
Paul Kendrick

Slander trial of Freeport man over abuse at Haiti orphanages set for July

By Judy Harrison on May 14, 2015, at 6:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | The jury trial of a Freeport man being sued for slander over allegations of sexual abuse of boys at a Haitian orphanage is set to begin July 8 in U.S. District Court. The trial was delayed after Michael Geilenfeld, a former Catholic brother, was detained in Port …

Mediation set in missing South Thomaston money case

By Stephen Betts on May 14, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
A mediation session between South Thomaston and two former firefighters accused of unjustly enriching themselves with nearly $15,000 earmarked for a new fire truck will be held next month. Mediation is scheduled for June 4, according to attorney James Strong, who represents South Thomaston. The session …
Dennis Dechaine (left) who is serving a life sentence for the 1988 torture and murder of Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin watches the proceedings in Cumberland County Superior Court along with his attorney, Steven Peterson, in this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo.

Dennis Dechaine takes appeal for new trial to Maine’s high court

By Beth Brogan on May 14, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
PORTLAND | The attorney for convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday to overturn a lower court’s decision denying Dechaine a new trial based on new analysis of DNA evidence. Dechaine is serving the 26th year of a life sentence for the 1988 torture …
A courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the verdict is read at the federal courthouse in Boston on April 8. Tsarnaev was found guilty of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 264 others. Jury deliberations began Thursday, May 14, and the jury will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison.

No sentence after first full day of Boston bombing jury deliberations

By Elizabeth Barber, Reuters on May 14, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
BOSTON — The first full day of jury deliberations in the Boston Marathon bombing trial ended on Thursday without a decision on whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be sentenced to death or to life in prison for the deadly 2013 attack. The same 12 jurors who found the 21-year-old guilty in …
District Court Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz

Maine Senate puts off vote on judge who issued gag order on press

By Judy Harrison on May 14, 2015, at 1:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Senate on Thursday indefinitely delayed confirmation votes on the reappointments of District Court Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz and Superior Court Justice William Anderson. Information on why the votes were tabled was not available Thursday afternoon. Efforts to reach Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, who is chairman of …
Clifford J. Sprague is one of four charged in connection with a burglary Friday, June 22, 2012, at the A.E. Robinson store in Corinth.

Man awaiting sentencing on burglary indicted for Social Security fraud

By Judy Harrison on May 14, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
BANGOR | A man awaiting sentencing on a smash-and-grab burglary at a Corinth store in 2012 was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for Social Security fraud. Clifford John Sprague, 37, of Exeter is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Sprague pleaded no contest in …
In early April of this year, elver dealer Bill Sheldon was offering fishermen $1,850 per pound at his buying station on Water Street in Ellsworth. Sheldon is under investigation by federal officials for alleged Lacey Act violations.

Affidavit spells out allegations against Maine elver dealer

By Bill Trotter on May 13, 2015, at 6:54 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A year after federal officials executed a search warrant at a local motel, and a week after an affidavit filed in federal court was made public, no charges have been filed in connection with an elver poaching investigation. William Sheldon, a prominent elver dealer from Woolwich, had …

Ex-shelter operator in Rockland sued for trading sex for housing

By Stephen Betts on May 13, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
A local woman has filed a lawsuit against the former operator of the region’s homeless shelter, claiming he offered her housing in exchange for sex. The lawsuit against Gordon Mank Jr. and Mid-Coast Hospitality House Inc. was filed Friday in Knox County Unified Court. The Bangor Daily …
Morgan Gunnell

Bangor man accused of assaulting infant son

By Judy Harrison and Ryan McLaughlin on May 13, 2015, at 11 a.m.
Bail was set Wednesday at $20,000 cash for a local man charged in connection with an alleged assault on his 6-month-old son. Morgan Gunnell, 24, has been charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence assault, according to District Court Judge Gregory Campbell. Gunnell told the judge at …
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a decision by a lower court that ruled the owners of Mason Station must pay the town of Wiscasset nearly $850,000 in back property taxes.

Court rules developer owes Wiscasset $850,000 in taxes for failed project

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2015, at 5:09 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a decision by a lower court that ruled the owners of Mason Station must pay the town of Wiscasset nearly $850,000 in back property taxes. The court affirmed a February 2013 decision by a Lincoln County Superior Court justice …
Anthony Bowie (right) of Bangor appears via video at the Penobscot Judicial Center on June 23, 2014, with attorney Jeremiah Haley.

Bangor man gets 11 years for stabbing, blinding victim in one eye

By Judy Harrison on May 12, 2015, at 2:47 p.m.
A local man was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 22 years in prison with all but 11 years suspended in connection with a knife attack that left a man blind in one eye and unable to work. Anthony Bowie, 25, of Bangor also was …

Sex offender indicted in County for allegedly failing to update address

By Jen Lynds on May 12, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A 36-year-old registered sex offender was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury after he was arrested for the second time in less than two years last month for allegedly changing residences and failing to notify police. Marco Isaraha Cullins was among those indicted by the …
Christopher Saenz was arrested in December 2013 in Ellsworth and charged with murdering his wife.

Trial in Christmas Day beating death to be held next week

By Bill Trotter on May 12, 2015, at 9:34 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | A local man accused of killing his wife at their home on Christmas Day in 2013 will go to trial on a charge of murder next week. Christopher M. Saenz, 31, allegedly beat Hilary Saenz, 29, to death in their Central Street apartment while their two children, …

Westbrook man gets 9 years for sharing child porn while posing as woman

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 51-year-old Westbrook man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sharing child pornography while posing as the mother of a 10-year old girl and transmitting an extortionate threat during an appearance before Judge Jon Levy Monday in U.S. District Court. Michael Van Eekhout also was …

Sedgwick man sentenced to 10 years for child porn possession

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
BANGOR | A Sedgwick man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography during a hearing Monday before Judge John Woodcock Jr. in U.S. District Court. John Tapley, 58, also was ordered to undergo 10 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. …
Candice Tucker wipes a tear as she sits next to there attorney, amanda Doherty as she pleads guilty of two accounts of manslaughter in District Court.

Gorham woman pleads guilty to manslaughter for crash that killed son, boyfriend

By Beth Brogan on May 11, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Gorham woman will serve four years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of manslaughter for the October 2014 deaths of her boyfriend and 16-year-old son. According to the terms of a plea agreement, Candice Tucker, 35, was sentenced to two terms of 12 …

Attorneys in Boston Marathon trial argue over nun’s testimony

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau on May 09, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
BOSTON — The penalty phase in the Boston Marathon bombing trial hit a roadblock Thursday, when the two sides could not agree on whether a famed Catholic nun and anti-death penalty advocate should be allowed to testify about what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would experience if sentenced to death at the federal …

BP wins right to appeal Gulf spill damages claims

By Reuters on May 09, 2015, at 5:53 a.m.
BP Plc. deserves the right to have a federal appeals court review some damage claims awarded under the settlement to compensate people and businesses harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans …
 
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