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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 …
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez enters the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts in this file photo taken May 28.

Massachusetts judge won’t toss murder charge against ex-Patriots player Hernandez

By Elizabeth Barber, Reuters on July 25, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in last summer’s killing of a semi-professional football player. Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh in a ruling late Thursday rejected the defense’s argument that prosecutors lack probable cause to …

Westbrook woman convicted of helping boyfriend sexually assault developmentally delayed teen

By Beth Brogan on July 24, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook woman was convicted Wednesday of gross sexual assault after a jury found she helped her boyfriend sexually assault a 14-year-old developmentally delayed girl. Holly Morrison, 34, was found guilty of one count of gross sexual assault but not guilty of two others, according to Cumberland …
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez smiles during a hearing on Tuesday in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Judge sets January start for murder trial of ex-Patriots star Hernandez

By Elizabeth Barber, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
BOSTON — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star’s …
Luke Bryant

Maine high court upholds the manslaughter conviction of Waldo County man

By Abigail Curtis on July 22, 2014, at 8:14 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Waldo County man convicted in 2012 of manslaughter for the shooting death of his friend was not successful in his effort to appeal the judgment against him, according to a decision handed down Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Luke Bryant, 22, was sentenced to …
Jeffrey Barnard

Arraignment delayed for Ellsworth man shot in the face

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The arraignment of an Ellsworth man who exchanged gunfire with police during an overnight standoff that ended when he was shot in the face last month was delayed Tuesday for two weeks because of the defendant’s health problems. Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, was scheduled to plead not …
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