Court News

 
The building on the left is the focus of a court appeal filed by a neighbor to the Nebo Lodge on North Haven.

Maine’s highest court sides with island inn over neighbor’s complaint

By Alex Acquisto on June 07, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
Maine’s highest court has sided with the owners of Nebo Lodge.
Reginald Dobbins, far right, stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Alleged murder weapons found in home of accused Houlton man

By Jen Lynds on June 06, 2017, at 7:43 p.m.
Police testified Tuesday that they found several articles of clothing, a hammer and a folding knife that all tested positive for blood when they searched the home of Reginald Dobbins.
Members of the defense and prosecution take a site tour of 201 Center Street in Bangor on May 24.

Center Street shooting trial concludes with defendant not taking the stand

By Judy Harrison on June 05, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
“They shot at Ricco and then at me,” he said. “I felt like I was going to die. It happened so fast.”
Reginald Dobbins, far right, stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Defense attorney points finger at alternate suspect in Houlton murder case

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2017, at 7:19 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins is accused of stabbing and beating Keith Suitter to death with a hammer in the man’s mobile home.
Lawyer Fortunato N. Perri, Jr.,(L) waits for Andrew Wyatt (2nd L) to guide Bill Cosby back to the courtroom after lunch on the first day of Cosby's trial for sexual assault at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 5, 2017.

Cosby said pill would ‘relax’ her, alleged sex victim testifies

By Joseph Ax, Reuters on June 05, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
Rich Jochum displays a package of lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) at the Beef Products Inc. (BPI) facility in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Nov. 19, 2012.

‘Pink slime’ case against ABC a challenge to press in era of ‘fake news’

By P.J. Huffstutter and Timothy Mclaughlin, Reuters on June 05, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The case pits big agriculture against big media and is a first major court challenge against a media company since accusations of “fake news” by U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters have become part of the American vernacular.
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Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media in Fort Kent, Maine, Oct. 31, 2014.

Nurse who sued Chris Christie over Ebola lockdown nears settlement

By Nick McCrea on June 05, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
Kaci Hickox claims she was held illegally and unconstitutionally against her will as part of a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning from certain West African countries who treated patients with Ebola.
Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. on May 24, 2016.

The Bill Cosby trial, explained

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post on June 05, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Here’s everything you need to know about the case against the 79-year-old entertainer, whose career imploded 2½ years ago as dozens of women came forward alleging he drugged and sexually assaulted them.

Jury selection continues, but Houlton murder trial likely to start Monday afternoon

By Jen Lynds on June 02, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
Jury selection is expected to be completed Monday morning and the trial started Monday afternoon, court officials said Friday.

Former Maine man pleads guilty to 1995 sex crimes against teenager

By Beth Brogan on June 02, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
During an interview with federal agents, Miller reportedly admitted abusing the teen in 1995.

Man to serve 12 years for providing methadone to man who overdosed

By Judy Harrison on June 02, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
A Limington man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 12 years in federal prison for providing stolen methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose.
Abdi Ali, 28, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a Portland courthouse following his arraignment for a drunk driving charge.

Judge grants bail to Somali man arrested in court by immigration agents

By Jake Bleiberg on June 02, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
The Somali man arrested by immigration agents in a Portland courthouse in April was granted bail by a federal immigration judge Thursday.

Man says church members punched, choked him to expel ‘homosexual demons’

By Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post on June 02, 2017, at 7:54 a.m.
“I couldn’t breathe,” the man said. “I’m sitting here thinking if I don’t get out of this, I’m probably going to die.”
Antoinne "Prince" Bethea, 40, of New Haven, Connecticut, makes his first appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Thursday. Bethea is accused of slaying his girlfriend's husband on Easter in what may have been a custody dispute.

Bangor murder suspect’s getaway car was spotted at a gas station, but police let it go

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2017, at 7:18 p.m.
“Due to a miscommunication, the vehicle was allowed to leave,” a Bangor Police detective said.
Reginald Dobbins

Jury selection begins in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins, who was 18 at the time, is accused of stabbing and beating Keith Suitter to death with a hammer in the man’s mobile home on March 1, 2015.
The University of Southern Maine

Former employee sues USM, alleging racism tied to wrongful termination

By Jake Bleiberg on June 01, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
Susan Hamilton is claiming that the University of Maine System wrongfully fired her in 2015 following a complaint that she created a hostile work environment and aggressively pushed her views on race and gender onto students and staff.
Katherine Harriman

Bangor woman sentenced for running over man with car

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
A Bangor woman will spend a year in jail for running her former boyfriend over with a car.

Maine Public will not appeal Justice’s orders to turn over unaired recordings

By Ed Morin on May 31, 2017, at 8:55 p.m.
Maine Public has decided not to appeal an order from Maine Superior Court Justice Joyce Wheeler to turn over a recorded audio interview to attorneys in the Anthony Sanborn murder case.
Antoinne "Prince" Bethea, 40, of New Haven, Connecticut, is taken into the Penobscot County Jail by Bangor police officers Wednesday in Bangor. Bethea is accused of slaying his girlfriend's husband on Easter.

Man charged with Easter shooting returns to Bangor to face murder charge

By Judy Harrison on May 31, 2017, at 2:18 p.m.
If convicted of murder, Bethea would face 25 years to life in prison.
Linwood Doughty

Man gets 20 years in prison for hatchet attack on Milbridge woman

By Bill Trotter on May 31, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
A man from the Waldo County town of Knox has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to violently attacking a local woman with a hatchet last summer.