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A legal battle over whether enough is being done in Maine to protect the Canada lynx from being killed or injured by trappers is in the hands of a federal judge after a hearing Thursday that drew about 30 people to the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building.

Federal judge to decide whether enough is being done in Maine to protect lynx

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 03, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
A legal battle over whether enough is being done in Maine to protect the Canada lynx from being killed or injured by trappers is in the hands of a federal judge after a hearing Thursday that drew about 30 people to the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building.

In second trial, jury acquits Maine man of sexual assault charges

By Abigail Adams on Nov. 03, 2016, at 8:03 a.m.
After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 11 charges.
Scott Gagnon, who also goes by Missy

Maine inmate sues over access to transgender health care

By Jake Bleiberg on Nov. 02, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
A transgender inmate is suing a company that provides health care services for state prisons, demanding hair removal treatment and gender reassignment surgery for herself and the reinstatement of hormone therapy for two other inmates.
Laura Lyons

Bangor couple sentenced for letting drug dealers sell out of their home

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 02, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
They allowed their Essex Street trailer to be used by drug dealers as a place to sell and store drugs in exchange for heroin.
Mandy Dennison

Mother reaches plea deal after child found in drainage ditch

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
A local woman will avoid jail time if she adheres to a series of conditions after admitting to endangering the welfare of her 3-year-old son, who was found lying in a drainage ditch but unharmed near her apartment complex.
Rachel Anderson

Boothbay woman gets 2½ years for child pornography

By J.W. Oliver on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
Shawn D. Wilkie

Maine man pleads guilty to fatally shooting puppy with pellet gun

By J.W. Oliver on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.

Teen accused of killing parents makes first court appearance

By Judy Harrison and Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
Andrew Balcer allegedly killed Anthony and Alice Balcer, both 47, late Sunday or early Monday.
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Brunswick Junior High School

Brunswick settles lawsuit over former student who says he was assaulted in school bathroom

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 01, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
The school system also will make a cash payment to the former student’s family as part of an agreement to settle the federal lawsuit filed by the Maine Human Rights Commission and the family of the former student.

Ex-USM hockey coach sues over 2014 ‘retirement’

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 31, 2016, at 7:35 p.m.
The former USM hockey coach has alleged in a lawsuit that he was forced to take early retirement in December 2014 with the promise that he would receive retirement benefits and a tuition waiver for his son.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland sits on Oct. 26 in the courtroom at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman is accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her two children in December 2014.

Coleman to neighbor: ‘I would have no problem killing them all’

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 31, 2016, at 7:05 p.m.
Keith Coleman told a neighbor three times that he would have “no problem killing them all” in the months leading up to the strangulation deaths nearly two years ago of a Garland woman and her children.
Kyle Skinner

Belfast man accused of grocery store arson sentenced to 90 days in jail

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 31, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
A Belfast man will spend 90 days in jail after he allegedly set fire to his grocery store in an effort to get insurance money.
Jeffrey Moran

Jury finds driver guilty of OUI, not guilty of causing death in 2014 crash

By Alexander Violo, Lincoln County News on Oct. 31, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
The jury found Jeffrey R. Moran, 29, of Waldoboro guilty of operating under the influence but found the state had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had caused the death of Jessie Hayden of Waldoboro.
Mary Kellett (right) is accompanied by Hancock County District Attorney Carletta "Dee" Bassano as she walks to the Penobscot Judicial Center for her prosecutorial misconduct hearing by the Maine Board of Overseers in this October 2012 file photo.

Former Maine prosecutor appeals federal court ruling against her

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 31, 2016, at 6:55 a.m.
Mary Kellett is being sued in federal court by Vladek Filler over how she handled his now-discredited sexual assault case when she prosecuted him the late 2000s.

Iowa woman charged with voting twice says ‘polls are rigged’

By Amy B Wang, Washington Post on Oct. 29, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
A woman in Iowa was arrested this week on suspicion of voting twice in the general election, court and police records show.
Luc Tieman

Fairfield man indicted on murder charge in death of wife

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 28, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
Luc Tieman, who turns 33 on Saturday, was arrested Sept. 21 in connection with the death of Valerie Tieman, 34, of Fairfield.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland is escorted into the court room on Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman is accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her children in December 2014.

Medical examiner: Girl, 8, killed in same manner as mom, brother

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 28, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
Destiny Sargent was strangled and killed nearly the same way her mother and brother were, the chief medical examiner for the state of Maine testified.

Ex-Maine man charged with assaulting girl in 1995

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 28, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
A former Maine man has been charged with transporting a minor with the intent to engage in a criminal sexual act in 1995.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland is escorted into the court room on Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman is accused of strangling his girlfriend and then killing her children in December 2014.

‘I lost my mind’: Son testifies about finding slain mother, sister in Garland home

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 27, 2016, at 6:48 p.m.
Dominic Sargent of Hancock testified during the trial of Keith Coleman, the man accused of strangling Sargent’s mother, younger brother and little sister.
Michael Lund of Machias is shown last month waiting for his civil trial to begin at the Penobscot Judicial Center. On Wednesday, Lund was awarded nearly $730,000 in damages due to heat stroke that he suffered while burning a blueberry field in 2012.

Judge awards blueberry worker nearly $730,000 in heat stroke collapse

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 27, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
A judge on Wednesday awarded a Machias man nearly $730,000 in damages for lasting injuries he suffered when he collapsed more than four years ago during the burning of a blueberry field.