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Former Howland police chief to serve 4 years for molesting two girls

By Staff, CBS 13 on Dec. 02, 2014, at 7:47 a.m.
BANGOR | The former Howland police chief has been convicted of molesting two young girls. As part of a plea deal, Carl Smith, 73 will serve four years of a 17-year sentence. Smith was taking care of the twin 5-year-old girls while their parents were away. The assault took …
Nicole Maines (from left), 14, her mother Kelly Maines and her twin brother Jonas listen to Wayne Maines (right) as he delivers a stirring speech about their experience in helping Nicole seek justice and acceptance as a transgender youth.

Transgender student’s lawsuit ends with $75K award, order telling Orono schools to allow bathroom access

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 01, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
BANGOR | A final order has been issued in a transgender student’s lawsuit against the Orono School Department over the denial of her access to the girl’s bathroom in grade school and middle school. The Penobscot County Superior Court order, dated Nov. 25, enjoined the school department from discriminating …

Police say Rockport man slapped woman after she refused to help pull SUV out of yard

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 01, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
A 31-year-old Rockport man made his initial court appearance Monday after police said he slapped a woman who refused to help him to get his stuck sports utility vehicle out of a yard. Eldon B. Bennett was arrested Thanksgiving morning by Rockport police Officer Cooper Plaisted and …
Members of the MDEA, USDEA, Bangor Police Department, and the Bangor Special Response Team execute search warrants in the area of 100 Ohio Street after several months of a drug investigation in this November 2011 file photo.

Man who introduced New York crack dealers to Bangor, co-conspirator sentenced to federal prison

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 01, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
The man who admitted introducing crack cocaine dealers from New York City to dealers and users in Bangor and the operation’s second in command were sentenced Monday to federal prison in U.S. District Court. Robert “Ranger” L. Jordan Jr., 30, formerly of Eddington, was sentenced to five …

Portland man pleads guilty to creating, sending video involving teen

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
A local man Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of sexual exploitation of children after a federal judge denied a motion that would have allowed him to argue at his trial that he believed the girl he filmed having sex with him was …

Presque Isle man accused of stealing police cruiser among dozens indicted

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
CARIBOU | A Presque Isle man who allegedly stole a Presque Isle Police Department cruiser and then crashed it on a dirt road in the nearby town of Chapman was among dozens of people indicted last week by the Aroostook County grand jury. In connection with the cruiser theft, …

Former Freeport private school teacher pleads guilty to maintaining a Lewiston drug house

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former world languages teacher at the Coastal School for Girls in Freeport pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to allowing his Lewiston home to be used by others to process cocaine and sell drugs. Noel Thibodeau, 43, was arrested on Aug. 5 at his …

Supreme court upholds protection from abuse order against Howland contractor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
A local contractor who abruptly closed his business despite having collected thousands of dollars in deposits for natural gas connections in southern Maine, lost his appeal of a protection from abuse order involving a child he is accused of molesting in 2012. David C. Ireland Jr. said …

Bangor woman accused of fracturing infant’s skull

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
A local woman was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after allegedly fracturing the skull of her 4-month-old son on Oct. 4. Darcy Henderson-Keaton, 32, of Bangor was indicted on one count of assault on a child younger than 6 years old, a Class C …

Relative of Caribou fire victims indicted by Aroostook grand jury on unrelated drug charges

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 25, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
A woman whose sister, niece and two nephews were killed in a fire that ripped through their mobile home last week has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on drug charges. Amy L. Bouchard, 32, of Caribou was indicted last Friday on charges of unlawful …
Adam Metropoulos (right) during his arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor with attorney Kaylee Folster on Sept. 17.

Suspended Bangor priest indicted for sexually abusing minor, possession of child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
The former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, one count each of possession of sexually explicit materials and violation of privacy. Adam Metropoulos, 52, of Bangor was arrested …

Bail reduced for Fairfield man accused of stabbing his brother

By Susan Morse, York County Coast Star on Nov. 24, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.
ALFRED | A York County Superior Court judge on Monday agreed to reduce bail for Justin P. Main, 25, the man accused of repeatedly stabbing his brother at a Kennebunkport home earlier this month. Main’s $10,000 cash bail was reduced to $1,000, with conditions, including no drugs, alcohol or …

Kennebunk couple sentenced to probation for lying about living together to receive benefits

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Kennebunk couple was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to probation on welfare fraud charges. Carol Welch, 53, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $38,000 for benefits she admitted she fraudulently received. Scott Welch, 45, was sentenced to one …
James Morgan

Former Aroostook minister indicted on sex crime charges

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
CARIBOU | A Fort Fairfield man who served as an Episcopalian minister in the New Sweden area for several years before he was suspended from the ministry has been indicted on several sex charges. James Morgan, 67, was indicted Friday by the Aroostook County grand jury on felony charges …
Cassandra Means

Woman wanted in connection with Bangor stabbing arrested in RI; bail set at $50,000

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
A local woman wanted in connection with an Oct. 5 stabbing that left an Ohio Street woman with a punctured lung made her first court appearance Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center after being arrested in Rhode Island. Cassandra Means, 26, of Bangor was charged with elevated …

Mars Hill woman who stole from ATV Club making restitution as part of plea deal

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 24, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
A Mars Hill woman charged with felony theft for stealing more than $26,000 from a local ATV club has accepted a plea deal that would make her guilty of only a misdemeanor if she pays back in full the money stolen from the club. Candace Giberson, …
Robert McIntyre

Sex offender who admitted to fantasizing about sexually assaulting child released from jail

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 24, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
CUSHING | A 57-year-old convicted sex offender who admitted to a counselor that he fantasized about sexually assaulting a neighbor’s child is back home after spending several weeks in jail. An upset Knox County sheriff is advising people to be vigilant. “This is kind of scary. He should have …
James F. Ford

Monroe marijuana farm patriarch gets 10-year sentence for drug, gun convictions

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 21, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
BANGOR | A Waldo County man found guilty last November of operating a large-scale, indoor marijuana farm in Monroe was sentenced to 10 years in prison during a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court before Chief Judge John Woodcock. James F. Ford, 59, also was ordered to undergo eight …
The Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket is shown recently.

Bankruptcy judge approves plan to pay East Millinocket, other Great Northern Paper creditors

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 21, 2014, at 4:54 p.m.
BANGOR | A federal bankruptcy judge approved a plan Friday that would allow East Millinocket to collect at least 90 percent of the property taxes it is owed by Great Northern Paper, provided the company’s mill is sold next month. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Louis Kornreich also approved setting …
Richard Stahursky

Prisoner plans insanity plea in murder case

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Maine State Prison inmate accused of killing another prisoner by stabbing him 87 times and then planning to kill a guard is expected to plead not criminally responsible because of mental health problems. The plea would have occurred Friday but there was a miscommunication that led …
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