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Roger Eldridge, 49, of Bangor.

Bangor man to serve 2 ½ years for kidnapping, stalking ex-girlfriend

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 06, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
A local man charged in connection with the abduction last year of his former girlfriend was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 13 years in prison with all but 2 ½ years suspended in a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office. In addition to …

Bangor man sentenced to 5 years for burglaries, theft of $100,000 in jewelry

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 06, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended after admitting that he broke into two Bangor houses in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2013, while the owners were sleeping. Jay D. Layton of Bangor pleaded guilty on …

Sanford man sentenced to 10 years for sharing child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 06, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Sanford man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge. In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced Richard M. Moulton Jr., 31, to 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney’s …

Judge refuses to lower bail for Cushing man accused of trafficking in heroin

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 06, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Cushing man will remain at the Knox County Jail, more than a month after he was arrested in a drug bust at his home near the Cushing Community School, after a judge refused to lower his bail on Thursday. Anthony Langille, 44, was arrested Oct. 4 …

Knox County to ask U.S. Supreme Court to review appeal in inmate injury lawsuit

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 06, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A lawsuit that claims two Knox County Jail guards were deliberately indifferent to a man who later attempted suicide and suffered extensive brain damage will be appealed the nation’s highest court. Peter Marchesi, the attorney for the county, said the petition for certiorari, which asks the court …

Hancock man pleads guilty to jewelry, silverware theft on MDI

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | A Hancock man pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing thousands of dollars worth of silver and jewelry from a local resident late last year. As a result of the plea, David L. Hickman, 30, received a five-year sentence with all but six months suspended. He also …

In suit, nonprofit boating school accused of illegally selling two sailboats

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Massachusetts man who claims that the Atlantic Challenge Foundation sold two of his sailboats without his knowledge. The lawsuit was filed this week in Knox County Superior Court by Samuel Slaymaker against the nonprofit organization, also referred to …

Lisbon man gets more than four years for setting fire to home

By Chris Williams on Nov. 06, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lisbon man who set fire to his wife’s clothing and the house she lived in was sentenced Wednesday to serve four and a half years in prison on an arson charge. Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy sentenced Michael Hersom, 42, of 12 Huston St. …
George Jaime sits in his wheelchair prior to sentencing in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. After a four day jury trial, Jaime was found guilty of intentional and knowing murder of Starlette Vining on Nov. 15. Vining was 38 years old when she was last seen alive in October 1998. Her body was never found.

Maine Supreme Court hears appeal of conviction in Presque Isle pawn shop slaying

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 05, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
HOULTON | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday heard an appeal in the case of a Presque Isle man convicted last year of intentional and knowing murder in the case of a woman who had been missing for 15 years. George Jaime Sr., 77, was convicted after a …
Adam Metropoulos

Judge lowers cash bail to $50,000 for suspended Bangor priest charged with possession of child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:47 p.m.
The suspended Greek Orthodox priest arrested in September on charges that he allegedly possessed child pornography and surreptitiously photographed a woman taking a shower in his bathroom remained Wednesday night at the Penobscot County Jail even though a judge lowered his bail earlier in the day. Superior …

Maine’s high court rejects Calais man’s child discipline defense on same day NFL star Peterson reaches plea deal

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Washington County man serving a three-year prison sentence for beating his teenage son. The justices unanimously rejected Stephen Treadway’s argument that his actions were justified under the state’s parental control law. The ruling was posted …
Sidney P. Kilmartin

South Windham man pleads not guilty to sending poison to man in England who died

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
BANGOR | A South Windham man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to charges in connection with the poisoning death of a man in England. Sidney P. Kilmartin, 52, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on one count each of mailing injurious articles and mailing …
Akeem Harris

Man charged with murder in Bangor stabbing pleads guilty to manslaughter

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 05, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
The Amityville, New York, man charged with murder in the fatal stabbing last year of a Bangor man pleaded guilty Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Akeem T. Harris , 25, pleaded not guilty on April 26, 2013, to intentional or …
Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester.

Former Maine State Police chief to serve 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting child

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 04, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former chief of the Maine State Police will serve four years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl earlier this year. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Andrew Demers, 74, of New Gloucester, pleaded guilty to …

Former DHHS worker pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 04, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 41-year-old Washington woman who had worked for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will serve 30 days in jail for stealing food stamp benefits if she adheres to an agreement announced Tuesday. Tanya Bormet pleaded guilty Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to felony …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Trescott woman pleads not guilty in connection with school bus melee

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Trescott woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an Oct. 8 incident involving an alleged altercation between her and Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith. Deborah Bousquet, 41, appeared in Machias District Court on Tuesday morning to enter pleas to charges of disorderly conduct and …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith talks to BDN reporter Mario Moretto and photogrpaher Kevin Bennett during a video interview on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Defense lawyer says Trescott woman not charged with assault in Lubec bus incident

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 03, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Trescott woman who went to the scene of a reported melee on board a stopped school bus last month has been charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration, according to her attorney. Deborah Bousquet, 41, has not been charged with assault, despite statements from …

UMaine student charged with attempted home invasion held on $25,000 bail

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 03, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
OLD TOWN | The University of Maine student who allegedly tried to break into a Bennoch Road home while wearing a mask and holding a gun early Sunday morning was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged Monday with burglary, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and criminal mischief, …
Matthew Chapman, 33, of Mapleton.

Mapleton man charged in domestic violence incident

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 03, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
A Mapleton man has been charged with domestic assault and terrorizing in connection with an altercation with his girlfriend and her family last week, according to police. Last Wednesday, Oct. 29, Aroostook County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Mapleton home Matthew Chapman, 33, shared with his girlfriend …
Screen shot from Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting ad "Stop" of Joel Gibbs of Lowell.

Yes on 1 spokesman charged with shooting a weapon from a vehicle while hunting grouse

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 03, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
A Maine hunter featured on Yes on 1 ads in support of the bear referendum has been accused of using non-fair chase tactics while hunting ruffed grouse. Joel Gibbs, 56, of Lowell, was charged with shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle on Oct. 17 in Masardis, a small town …
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