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Company says Rockport couple stole nearly $5 million through fraudulent billing

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 21, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — An international window treatment company is claiming a Rockport couple concocted an elaborate scheme to bilk the firm of nearly $5 million. Hunter Douglas Inc., based in Pearl River, N.Y., filed a lawsuit June 30 in U.S. District Court in Colorado claiming that Jason T. Throne, Mary …

Rockland man accused of stealing donation jars

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man who had been sought by police for more than three months for twice stealing donation jars at a local store is behind bars. David A. Carver, 39, made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Rockland District Court on four counts of theft as well …
John Cecil Slater

Convicted sex offender pleads not guilty to robbing Hallowell bank in June

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Convicted sex offender John Cecil Slater, who was identified by several people who recognized him in a surveillance photo as the person suspected of robbing a Hallowell bank of $15,000 in June, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to bank robbery. Slater, 66, of Gardiner, …
Roger Eldridge

Bangor man charged with abducting former girlfriend tells judge he wants to withdraw guilty pleas

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 21, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man charged in connection with the abduction of a former girlfriend in October told a judge Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center that he wants to withdraw his guilty pleas and go to trial. Roger Eldridge, 49, of Bangor, who pleaded guilty May 7 to …

Teen gets 30 days in jail for burglaries, vandalism to Penobscot home

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
PENOBSCOT, Maine — A local teenager who was indicted earlier this month on charges stemming from a break-in at a Penobscot house has pleaded no contest to the crimes. Elijah McCarthy, 19, entered the no-contest pleas to burglary and criminal mischief charges on Aug. 15in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. …
Todd Gilday (center) sits with his attorneys Jeremy Pratt (left) and Philip Cohen at the Waldo County Superior Court Wednesday. Superior Court Justice Robert Murray sentenced Gilday to 50 years for killing Lynn Day Arsenault in Belfast last year.

Man sentenced to 50 years for ‘utterly senseless’ shooting death of Belfast woman

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Justice Robert Murray told admitted killer Todd Gilday that his actions of last August were “utterly senseless” before sentencing him Wednesday morning to 50 years in prison for the shotgun death of Lynn Day Arsenault. “This court cannot answer the question posed to it today of ‘why?’” …

Man charged with slashing girlfriend with knife to serve 30 days after plea agreement

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A 31-year-old Whitefield man charged in December with attacking his girlfriend, attempting to strangle her and then cutting her with a knife will serve 30 days in jail as the result of a plea agreement. Richard C. Staples was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury in …
Some of the marijuana plants authorities seized in Washington County.

Man who recruited workers for Township 37 pot farm gets 4 years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The man who testified that he recruited migrant workers to plant, tend and harvest marijuana at a Township 37 pot plantation in Washington County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison. Moises Soto, 53, of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, who took the oath …
In this August 2013 file photo, Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse.

Woman’s admitted murderer will be sentenced this week, and sued in civil court

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The man who pleaded guilty earlier this summer to murdering a well-loved local woman last August will be sentenced this week at Waldo County Superior Court to 50 years in prison, according to a deal worked out with state prosecutors and his defense attorney. Todd Gilday, 44, …

Quebec man sentenced in Bangor court to time served for trying to sneak wife into US for Florida vacation

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Quebec man who admitted that he attempted to smuggle his wife into the United States last month to vacation with family in Florida was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to time served and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Pierre Poulin, 40, of St. Martin, …
Erik Vultee was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court to 22 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Pictured with him are attorneys Naomi Cohen and Steven Peterson.

Rockport man appeals sexual assault conviction

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 45-year-old Rockport man sentenced earlier this month to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl over a two-year period has appealed his conviction. The appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court was filed Friday by attorney Steven Peterson of Rockport on behalf of …

Portland woman found guilty of embezzling $300,000 from Chinese firm that wanted to buy paper mill

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County jury on Friday found a Portland woman guilty of embezzling more than $300,000 from a Chinese firm that had sought to invest in a Baileyville paper mill in 2009. Jurors deliberated for about an hour and 10 minutes before finding Jody Flynn, 61, guilty …
Chester Birmingham pleaded no contest on Monday in the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor to three counts of armed robbery and related charges in September 2013.

Two men convicted of Glenburn, Orrington armed robberies

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Two men charged in connection with two armed robberies and a home invasion in September were convicted Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center of robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges. Chester F. Birmingham, 36, of Bangor, formerly of Patten, pleaded no contest to three counts of Class A …

Augusta man pleads guilty to stealing mail, money orders while working at East Vassalboro post office

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former postal worker pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to stealing mail and postal money orders while on the job, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced in a press release sent Monday. Jason Stockmar, 28, of Augusta worked at a post office in East Vassalboro, …
Nicandro Velasquez (left) made his initial court appearance Monday in Rockland District Court. Standing with him in front of Judge Patrick Ende is attorney James Mason and Jeff Lord (right), a court marshal.

Louisiana man arrested in Rockland in connection with Massachusetts fatal car crash

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Louisiana man being sought by Massachusetts police for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash was arrested Friday in Rockland. Nicandro Velasquez, 48, of Haughton, Louisiana, made his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court on a fugitive-from-justice warrant issued by the Middlesex district …

Bangor woman involved in bath salts distribution ring gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to a little more than a year in jail or time served for her role in a 2011 conspiracy to distribute the synthetic drug known as bath salts in Penobscot County. Tina Keaton, 32, also known as …

Maine soldier sentenced in connection with Washington murder

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 15, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — A soldier from a Maine island pleaded guilty this week in Washington state to acting as an accomplice in the murder last fall of another soldier after an altercation broke out between two groups of troops stationed at Fort Lewis. Spc. Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 22, of Islesboro was …

Jury finds Bangor officers did not use excessive force in 2011 arrest outside bar

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury found Friday that two Bangor police officers did not use excessive force when they arrested an Aroostook County man more than two years ago in the parking lot outside a dance club. The jury of five men and three women deliberated for about an …
Two-year-old Maddison Foss-Greenaway shows a picture of her deceased sister, Brooklyn, while her mother talks to members of the media at her Clinton home on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Judge OKs newspaper ad as notice of a lawsuit in infant death

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 15, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — After several attempts to serve an adult babysitter — the mother of the youngest Mainer ever charged with manslaughter — with a 13-count lawsuit for negligence in the death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, the courts have approved a newspaper ad as an alternative means to service the …

Sabattus man gets 5 years probation, $1,500 fine for faking VA travel vouchers

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff on Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Sabattus man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to five years of probation, the maximum allowed, for falsifying travel vouchers submitted for mileage to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Togus. James Patrick Hallowell, 37, waived indictment in February and pleaded guilty to …
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