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Gardiner man pleads guilty to Rite Aid pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Gardiner man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to a robbery charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Robert Richard, 26, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery of a Rite Aid in Bridgton. …

Portland man accused of taking video in public bathrooms to be held without bail

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 21, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
A local man accused of photographing boys in public bathrooms agreed Tuesday in U.S. District Court to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case. Anthony T. Thea, 20, of Portland was arrested Thursday in Falmouth and charged with receipt or distribution of child pronography …

Falmouth man sentenced to nearly 11 years on cocaine, drug charges

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
PORTLAND | A Falmouth man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly 11 years in prison on drug and gun charges. Adam White, 27, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing more than a pound of cocaine and an additional five …

Rockport couple loses bid to have nearly $5 million theft lawsuit dropped, moved to Maine court

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
A federal judge has rejected a request by a Rockport couple to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the pair bilked nearly $5 million from a Colorado-based international window treatment company. Senior U. S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch of Colorado issued an order Oct. 10 that denied …

Brothers who own Mexican restaurants in Maine sentenced to prison for illegal hirings

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | The owners of three Mexican restaurants who pleaded guilty in June to hiring undocumented workers were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to federal prison time. Guillermo Fuentes, 38, of Westbrook was sentenced to 37 months followed by two years of supervised release, according to the U.S. …

Colorado man pleads guilty to photographing sexual abuse of 6-year-old, sharing online with agent in Maine

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Colorado man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count each of sexually exploiting a child and transporting child pornography. By pleading guilty, David William Burkman, 30, of Canon City, Colorado, admitted that on April 21 he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a …
With the April announcement by Meriturn Partners LLC that the company will not purchase the pictured East Millinocket mill, along with the mill in neighboring Millinocket, Gov. Paul LePage stated late last week that Brookfield Asset Management Co. will not begin dismantling and liquidating the properties, thus extending the opportunity to find new interested buyers for the mills.

GNP East creditors to meet at bankruptcy hearing in Bangor next month

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
A meeting of the creditors in the bankruptcy of the corporation that owns the land and buildings at the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill has been set for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Penobscot County Probate Court in the historic courthouse on Hammond Street in …

Dresden woman indicted on felony counts for allegedly striking child with car door

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A Dresden woman who allegedly drove away in a Jeep Grand Cherokee while another woman and her child were leaning into the front passenger seat, injuring the 1-year-old boy, has been indicted on felony charges. Rachel Corson, 44, was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on …

Windham day care provider accused of assaulting 4-year-old

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
A Windham woman who ran a child care business for nearly 20 years has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on charges she injured a child in her care. Police say Eleanor Amo, 55, allegedly grabbed a 4-year-old boy around the neck, leaving bruises and …

Jury finds British man not guilty of charges he assaulted pregnant wife in Boothbay Harbor

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Oct. 20, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
WISCASSET | A Lincoln County jury has found a British citizen not guilty of choking his pregnant wife with a belt in Boothbay Harbor in December 2013. Mark A. Jolleys, 33, stood trial in Lincoln County Superior Court in Wiscasset on Wednesday and Thursday. The jury returned the verdict …

‘Sisyphus’: Appeals for disability claims create biggest federal backlog

By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post on Oct. 19, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington’s backlog of backlogs — a queue of waiting Americans larger than the populations of six different states. It is bigger even than the infamous backups at Veterans Affairs, …

Maine shellfish dealer to be sentenced for illegal money transactions related to unauthorized purchases of lobsters

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 19, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND | The owner of a seafood dealership in southern Maine who was snared in a federal and state probe that began with an allegation that more than $1 million worth of lobsters were stolen from one of the state’s largest cooperatives is scheduled to be sentenced …
James Cameron

Judge: Former Maine drug prosecutor faces more time on child porn charges

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 18, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
BANGOR | The federal judge who sentenced the state’s former top drug prosecutor to 16 years in federal prison in 2011 determined Friday that James M. Cameron will face a longer prison term when he is resentenced, even though nearly half the child pornography counts of which he originally …

Affidavit reveals details of home invasion that led to fatal shooting in Ludlow

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 17, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
SMYRNA | The accomplice of a man shot to death by police Sunday in connection with an armed home invasion the suspected pair committed in Bridgewater knew his alleged victims, according to a Maine State Police continuation report filed in Houlton Superior Court. Timothy Slaton, 48, was taken into …
Bridgett Spencer

Three charged in Hancock County meth bust indicted

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 17, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Three people accused of being involved in a local methamphetamine operation that police busted this past summer were among 15 people indicted last week in Hancock County. Also indicted was a former furniture store employee accused of stealing from his employer. Jack G. Lint, 35, of Dixmont, …
Jeremy Dennison

Rockland man accused of setting car on fire makes court appearance

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
A 28-year-old Rockland man is being held without bail after he made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon for allegedly setting fire to a car. Jeremy Dennison, who was arrested Monday, was charged by Rockland police with arson and aggravated criminal mischief, according to Rockland Deputy Police …

Sarah Courtney sentencing

By Gabor Degre on Oct. 16, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
Sarah Courtney sentencing.
Sarah Courtney, 34, during her arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Nov. 8, 2013.

Orrington woman gets 2½ years in drunken-driving death, prison time delayed due to pregnancy

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
BANGOR | An Orrington woman was sentenced Thursday to spend 2½ years behind bars in connection with the death of her friend in a car crash but will not enter prison until March 1 due to the impending birth of her daughter. Sarah Courtney, 34, pleaded no contest Sept. …

Former prison nurse claims she was subjected to racial taunts

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
WARREN | A former nurse at the Maine State Prison has filed a federal lawsuit against the private company that provides health care to Maine corrections facilities, claiming she was subjected to frequent racial taunts and that her employer retaliated by firing her when she complained. Attorney David Webbert …
Prominent Waldoboro defense attorney Philip S. Cohen in Superior Court in Augusta on Aug. 26.

Maine attorney to serve 28 days in jail for violating plea agreement in domestic assault case

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | A prominent Waldoboro defense attorney will serve 28 days in the Lincoln County Jail after violating terms of a deferred disposition granted for a 2013 domestic violence charge. Philip Cohen, 45, of Waldoboro was sentenced Wednesday to two concurrent 30-day terms on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct …
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