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Charles Gardner makes a court appearance via video feed at the Penobscot Judicial Center in 2012.

Last defendant charged in Howland beatings 2 years ago to serve a year

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A fourth defendant was sentenced Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in connection with the vicious beating of two men that outraged the Howland community nearly two years ago. Charles Gardner, 22, of Howland was sentenced to nine years in prison with all but one year suspended …
Danielle A. Beckwith, 47, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript Production, was tried Monday, June 30, before retired Judge John Romei in Newport District Court.

Ex-court employee sentenced to 60 days in jail for attempted theft, cover-up

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — A former employee of the Maine court system was sentenced Thursday in District Court to 60 days in jail for attempting to steal state funds and trying to cover it up. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript …
Carl E. Smith

Former Howland police chief indicted for alleged sexual abuse of twins

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former Howland police chief who has been jailed since May for allegedly sexually abusing five-year-old twin girls earlier this year was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Carl E. Smith, …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Judge dismisses appeals by Washington County sheriff in unemployment disputes

By Tim Cox on July 30, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Washington County Superior Court judge Wednesday granted motions to dismiss appeals brought by Sheriff Donnie Smith in disputes with two former employees of the county jail over unemployment benefits. An attorney for one of the employees and an assistant attorney general argued during the hearing and …
Scott Ramsdell

Cutler man indicted on manslaughter charge in crash that killed Millinocket teacher

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler man charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27 death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operation under the influence …
Nicholas Guernsey

Warren man gets nine months for sexually assaulting 5-year-old

By Stephen Betts on July 30, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 19-year-old Warren man will serve nine months in the county jail after the fall harvest as punishment for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting. Justice Joyce Wheeler agreed Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to a negotiated sentence agreement reached between the district attorney’s …
Glenn Geiser Jr., used car dealer of My Maine Ride who was sued by the Maine Attorney General earlier this year, agreed to seven year license suspension.

My Maine Ride owner agrees to 7-year license suspension, reimburse consumers up to $30,000

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The used car dealer sued by the Maine attorney general’s office earlier this year for unfair and deceptive trade practices has agreed to the suspension of his license to own a used car business for seven years and to reimburse consumers up to $30,000 for repairs to …

Mass. man facing jail time after child support, marijuana convictions

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 30, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Massachusetts man was convicted Tuesday of failing to pay his child support, along with marijuana possession, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Jay Dandreo, 52, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Portland. He faces up to two years in prison on the child support charge …
Wyatt Higgins-Tripp

Orono man pleads guilty to 15 of 135 sex abuse charges involving 4 victims

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Orono man pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to multiple charges in connection with the sexual abuse of five boys between 2004 and 2012. Wyatt Higgins-Tripp, 40, pleaded guilty to 15 of the 135 charges on which he was indicted. In a plea agreement …
Nathaniel Kibby

Man accused of kidnapping New Hampshire teen Abby Hernandez held on $1 million bail

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on July 29, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
CONWAY, New Hampshire — A 34-year-old man appeared in court on Tuesday charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager who mysteriously reappeared last week in the small mountain town of Conway after nine months. A judge ordered Nathaniel Kibby held on $1 million cash bail on a charge of felony …
Andrew E. Demers

Former Maine State Police chief accused of molesting young family member denied visits with grandchildren

By Seth Koenig on July 29, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Andrew Demers, a former Maine State Police chief accused of molesting a young relative, will not be allowed supervised visits with his grandchildren, Justice William Brodrick declared on Tuesday. Brodrick, an active retired Cumberland County Superior Court justice, denied a motion by Demers to amend his bail …

Pennsylvania man denies selling fake cellphone covers in Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man charged in U.S. District Court with selling to a Maine buyer fake cellphone covers made to look like OtterBox-brand covers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Michael Kurnik, 25, of …

Man convicted of trying to kill wife on Camden cliff to be sentenced in September

By Stephen Betts on July 29, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 71-year-old man who was convicted last week of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden more than three years ago will learn his fate in two months. Sentencing for Charles Black has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 25. The …
Nicholas Hutchinson, 25, was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but 9 years suspended, followed by four years of probation.

Medway man to serve 9 years for Greenbush robbery, also sentenced for jail fight with convicted murderer

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Medway man convicted of robbing and beating a Greenbush woman and pepper spraying one of her children nearly two years ago during a home invasion was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but nine years suspended, followed by …

Lewiston man gets 25 years behind bars for sexually exploiting a minor

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 29, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man will spend 25 years behind bars and the rest of his life under supervised release after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, officials said Tuesday. Derek Hinkley, 30, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen, according to the …

Corinth man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 28, 2014, at 12 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Corinth man pleaded guilty in a Bangor courtroom Monday to a child pornography possession charge. David Livingston Brown, 40, faces up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of $250,000. A sentencing date has not been set, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. According to …
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph M. Jabar and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills look out an upper-story window at the new Capital Judicial Center under construction in Augusta on Thursday. The corner room may become Jabar's office.

$55 million Capital Judicial Center to unite Augusta courts, judicial offices

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph Jabar on Thursday peered out the window of his future office on the fourth floor of the $55 million Capital Judicial Center at downtown Augusta and the Kennebec River, which splits the city. “I grew up in Waterville between the tracks …

A tour of the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta

By Troy R. Bennett on July 27, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
A behind-the-scenes peek at the new court complex under construction.
Lucus J. Qualey

Bangor man charged with stealing Camaro to remain jailed

By Judy Harrison on July 25, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a local man arrested Thursday after he allegedly stole a Chevrolet Camaro from a Bangor residence and drove it onto Interstate 95, where he ditched it in Old Town before fleeing into the nearby woods. He is not …

Skowhegan man accused of ‘barking like a dog’ at his supervisor files federal lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on July 25, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Skowhegan man on Wednesday sued his former employer, Pan Am Railways, Inc., in U.S. District Court alleging that the corporation medically discriminated against him by requiring him to pay for an expensive brain specialist before he could return to work. David Crockett worked for the railroad …
 
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