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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine attorney general sues Volkswagen over devices that concealed emissions

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
The lawsuit, announced Friday, was filed last month in Kennebec County Superior Court, according to a press release.

Kittery Trading Post faces lawsuit by Colorado knife maker

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on Jan. 06, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
Colorado knife maker Spyderco has filed a seven-count lawsuit against the Kittery Trading Post, alleging the Route 1 retailer sold counterfeit Spyderco knives of inferior quality to “generate an obscene” profit.
Kayla Stewart

Fairfield mom sentenced to 9 years in prison for newborn’s death

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 04, 2017, at 5:01 p.m.
A Fairfield mother accused of murder in the death her newborn son on Dec. 30, 2015, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Somerset County Superior Court to manslaughter in a plea agreement with the Maine attorney general’s office.
Henry A. Eichman

10 more sex abuse charges filed against Maine teacher

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 4:08 p.m.
The founder of the Midcoast Youth Theater charged in September 2016 with six counts of unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of children pleaded not guilty Tuesday to those allegations, as well as 10 additional charges alleging similar conduct against two others.
Mark Westrum

Maine jail chief will get to plead to lesser OUI charge if he attends counseling, AA

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
A charge of aggravated operating under the influence filed against the correctional administrator for Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset will be dismissed and he will plead to a lesser charge if he abides by conditions set by a judge on Tuesday.
Eugene "Charlie" Martineau of Standish was charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of his 3-month-old. He pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

Standish man pleads guilty to killing his 3-month-old son

By CBS 13 on Jan. 04, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
A Standish man pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday morning in connection to the death of his 3-month-old son.
A car driven by Mandi Parker of Jonesboro was submerged in Fox Pond in eastern Hancock County after the vehicle went off Route 182 in this April 2016 photo.

Woman whose car, with children inside, plunged into pond indicted

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 03, 2017, at 1:09 p.m.
A Jonesboro woman who was saved along with her two young children after she drove off a state highway and into a pond has been indicted on multiple charges in Hancock County.
Dylann Roof booking photo in Charleston, South Carolina

Judge rules S.C. church gunman can act as own lawyer

By Harriet McLeod, Reuters on Jan. 03, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
A federal judge on Monday ruled Dylann Roof was mentally fit to serve as his own lawyer in the penalty phase of his trial, when a jury will decide whether to sentence him to be executed for the 2015 massacre at a South Carolina church.
Michael J. Castillo

Owner of Mexican eatery in Newcastle pleads guilty to unlawful sexual contact

By J.W. Oliver on Dec. 29, 2016, at 8:52 p.m.

Connecticut man sentenced for selling crack in case involving escape, Bangor prostitution

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:44 p.m.
A Connecticut man who escaped from a halfway house in order to sell crack cocaine in Maine got extra time tacked onto his federal sentence for his role as a “pimp” to drug-addicted Bangor women, who sold sex in exchange for drugs, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced Thursday.
Zane Wetzel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Wednesday in federal court in Bangor, can be seen in Boston in this December 2010 file photo.

Man who survived 69,000 volts of electricity pleads guilty to downloading child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
“The defendant used peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to download up to hundreds of images at a time.”
Daniel Colby Jr.

Felon gets 95-month sentence for using gun in Maine home invasion

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 27, 2016, at 6:18 p.m.
A former Wiscasset man was sentenced on Tuesday to serve nearly eight years in prison after being convicted earlier this year for possession of a firearm by a felon.
Details emerging from an investigation show that drug company employees gathered regularly and conspired to keep prices and profits high, according to interviews and a complaint filed in U.S. District Court by the attorneys general of 20 states.

Report: Scheme to fix drug prices started as dinners, ‘girls nights out’

By Liz Szabo, JoNel Aleccia and Mark Zdechlik, Kaiser Health News on Dec. 26, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
A complaint was filed in U.S. District Court by the attorneys general of 20 states, including Maine.

Family of woman killed in Casco denounces defendant’s statement about hitting a deer

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 23, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
“Mr. Smith, you say you thought you hit a deer. We don’t believe you.”
Gregory Nisbet speaks during his sentencing hearing in Portland, Dec. 1, 2016. Nisbet was convicted of a housing code violation in the case of Maine’s deadliest fire in decades and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.

Portland landlord’s jail sentence postponed until after Christmas

By Jake Bleiberg on Dec. 23, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
Gregory Nisbet was set to report to Cumberland County Jail on Friday. But Thursday evening Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren offered a reprieve that will keep Nisbet out of jail at least until the court rules on his request for a new trial, made earlier this week.
Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton talks with family Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center while the jury deliberates murder and other charges. Attorney Amber Tucker of Portland sits at the defense table with Davis.

Jurors find Davis guilty of two counts of murder

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 22, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Jurors in the Matthew Davis trial deliberated for about an hour Thursday morning before finding him guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of an Oakfield couple at their home three years ago.
Matthew Davis

Jurors in Davis trial deadlocked on murder charges

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 21, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
Jurors in the Matthew Davis trial announced that they were deadlocked on the two murder and two arson charges.
Gregory Nisbet

Landlord in state’s deadliest house fire in decades requests new trial

By Jake Bleiberg on Dec. 21, 2016, at 4:44 p.m.
The Portland landlord sentenced for his role in Maine’s deadliest house fire in decades is seeking a new trial — just days before his jail term is slated to start.

Waterville man to serve 10 months for selling counterfeit coins

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 21, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
He faced up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the podium after speaking to journalists during his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, Dec. 16, 2016.

Car thief, ex-Idexx Lab worker among former Mainers pardoned by Obama

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 21, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
Three people convicted of federal crimes in Maine but who no longer live in the state are among 78 people nationwide who were pardoned Monday by President Barack Obama.