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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.

Jurors must decide what Garland man meant when he said, ‘I did it’

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 26, 2016, at 6:44 p.m.
Keith Coleman was arrested Dec. 21, 2014, in Bucksport and charged in connection with the deaths of Christina Sargent and her two children.

Woman who worked at Charlotte White Center accused of gross sexual assault

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 26, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.

Presque Isle man sentenced to four years for bath salts conspiracy

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 26, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock sentenced Andrew Grivois, 32, to four years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Attorney Walter McKee (left) and his clients former South Thomaston Fire Chief Wayne Brown (center) and former firefighter Colin Grierson, await the start of a civil trial brought by the town against Brown and Grierson for the return of nearly $15,000.

Judge hears arguments in civil trial over fire association funds

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 26, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
The judge did not issue a ruling but will allow both parties to submit written arguments before he renders a verdict.
Ryan Ellis

A ‘father’ of Bangor’s bath salts epidemic gets 15 years in federal prison

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 25, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
A man known as one of the “fathers” of the bath salts epidemic in the Queen City and coastal Maine in 2011 was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison on drug and gun charges.
John Weckerly in 2011

Maine man gets 4 years probation for burning fire marshal’s car

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:50 p.m.
John A. Weckerly, 59, also was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, according to Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.
Christopher Saenz, an Ellsworth man accused of killing his wife on Christmas Day in 2013, was found guilty of depraved indifference murder by a Superior Court judge on July 6, 2015, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Maine high court upholds conviction in Christmas Day slaying

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 25, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously upheld the murder conviction of an Ellsworth man serving a 47-year sentence for killing his wife.

Judge orders no bail for Warren man accused of sex assault against child

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 25, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
A Warren man is being held without bail after being arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.

Maine men who sold more than 60,000 doses of bath salts sentenced to federal prison

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 24, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
Judge John Woodcock described the men as “major figures in a significant bath salts distribution ring.”
Steven Nygren

Man pleads not guilty to embezzling $730,000 from Brooklin Boat Yard

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 24, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
The former chief financial officer of Brooklin Boat Yard is charged with stealing about $730,000 from the company.
Keith Coleman (left), 27, the man accused of slaying his girlfriend and her two children the weekend before Christmas.

Jury selection begins in slaying of Garland mom, 2 children

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 24, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
Keith Coleman, 29, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of gross sexual assault.
Nicholas Sexton can be seen at the Penobscot Judicial Center in this May 2014 file photo.

Man convicted of murder, arson in drug deal gone bad seeks new trial

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Nicholas Sexton was found guilty of murder in the death of Nicolle Lugdon and of arson in August 2012 in Bangor.
Joel A. Harkins, 36.

Former Waldoboro man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

By J.W. Oliver on Oct. 23, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
A former Waldoboro man pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to possessing sexually explicit materials of children younger than 12.
Douglas Merrifield

Rockland man expected to get 33 months for torturing boy

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
A Rockland man who was caught on videotape beating and torturing a boy earlier this year has pleaded guilty.
Gregory Nisbet stands up after he was found not to be guilty of manslaughter by Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren on Friday in Portland. Nisbet is the landlord who owned the Portland building where six young adults died in a fire in 2014.

Landlord not guilty of manslaughter in Maine’s deadliest house fire in decades

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 21, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
The judge said the six deaths “were beyond tragic” but said that the court could not find “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the deaths would not have occurred but for Nisbet’s actions.
Lynn Arsenault

Murdered woman’s sons sue stepfather over forged will

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Mathew and Nick Day, are suing their former stepfather, Donald Arsenault, and a Portland businessmen after a probate judge ruled that their dead mother’s will had been forged.
Actress Shailene Woodley is seen in this booking photo released by Morton County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota, Oct. 11, 2016.

Actress Shailene Woodley pleads not guilty in pipeline protest

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Oct. 20, 2016, at 7:46 a.m.
Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from her high-profile arrest with 27 other people while protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, court documents show.

Eight indicted on conspiracy, methamphetamine charges in The County

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
The Aroostook County grand jury during its September session indicted two Orient residents who were allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab.
Victor DiGregorio

Sanford city councilor to plead guilty to election fraud

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.
If the plea arrangement is accepted by a judge during a scheduled court appearance Monday, Victor DiGregorio will serve seven days in an alternative sentencing program, performing public service.

Illinois transgender student wins round in closely watched bathroom case

By Derek Hawkins, Washington Post on Oct. 19, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
The case is one of many that challenge the Obama administration’s efforts to expand bathroom access for transgender students based on their gender identity rather than their birth certificates.