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Adam Morton

Man who put toddler in running dryer to be sentenced Monday

By Nick McCrea on May 02, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
BANGOR | A New Hampshire man who pled guilty to putting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old child into a clothes dryer and turned on the machine will be sentenced Monday at Penobscot Judicial Center. Adam Morton, 28, of Berlin, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge in January. He …

Friendship lobsterman facing longer license suspension because of new charges

By Stephen Betts on May 01, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
A lobsterman who had his commercial fishing licenses suspended for two years in February faces an additional year loss because of new charges. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said James Simmons, 40, of Friendship has been charged with engaging in licensed activities while under suspension and …

Police investigate suspicious packages at Kennebunk rest area

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
The Maine Turnpike rest area in Kennebunk was briefly closed Friday after two suspicious packages were found there. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the packages turned out to be a pair of backpacks, one containing clothing and the other containing garbage. The southbound plaza …
Benjamin Martineau

Portland man facing pair of robbery charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
A local man was charged Friday in connection with a pair of robberies, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. Benjamin Martineau, 26, is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on unrelated charges, Sweatt said. The two robberies, during one of which Martineau was armed, occurred …

Domestic violence call leads to drug charge in Machias

By Johanna S. Billings on May 01, 2015, at 12:12 p.m.
Police called to a domestic violence disturbance on Wednesday night ended up charging a Dennysville woman with drug possession. Samantha A. Murphy, 21, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, believed to be hydrocodone, according to Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley. Police were called at about …

Augusta man charged in burglary ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
A local man arrested earlier this week in connection with numerous burglaries in Kennebec County was formally charged by police on Thursday. Michael Joseph Gagne, 38, allegedly burglarized six Augusta businesses between March 26 and April 27, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills. Gagne had been …
Kaitlin Toler

Reported disturbance leads to woman with drug warrant

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
ARUNDEL | A reported disturbance on Cliff Ledge Drive early Friday morning led York County sheriff’s deputies to a woman with multiple warrants, including one for drugs, Sheriff William King said. Kaitlin Toler, 27, had three active warrants, including one for failing to appear for multiple drug offenses, along …
Chris Devoe

St. Albans man accused of eluding sheriff’s deputy

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 30, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
A local man was arrested late Tuesday after leading Somerset County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit, according to Chief Deputy James Ross. Christopher Devoe, 32, is facing charges of eluding an officer and failing to stop for a police officer, according to Ross. The series …

Man dies after police pursuit in York County

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 30, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
ACTON | A man is dead after shooting himself following a brief police pursuit in York County on Wednesday, according to Sheriff William King. A deputy had attempted to stop the vehicle around 3:30 p.m. on West Shore Road for an apparent equipment violation, according to King. Upon the …
State police seized a quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop Wednesday night. A passenger in the car, Joshua Branscombe, was arrested and charged with drug possession and trafficking.

Traffic stop turns up meth, evidence of trafficking

By Julia Bayly on April 30, 2015, at 8:22 a.m.
HOULTON | A Wednesday night traffic stop in town turned up a quantity of drugs, drug paraphernalia and evidence of methamphetamine trafficking, according to the Maine State Police. Joshua Branscombe, 25, was a passenger in the vehicle pulled over around 9 p.m. on Currier Road by Trooper Eric Sucy, …
Law enforcement vehicles leave The Grove apartment complex in Orono late Wednesday afternoon after responding to a gathering of an unknown number of people. The complex houses many University of Maine students.

Police make arrest during fracas at The Grove in Orono

By Dawn Gagnon on April 29, 2015, at 5:58 p.m.
Editor’s note: Video contains offensive language. ORONO | Police went to a local student apartment complex Wednesday afternoon after a large crowd gathered there. One person was arrested in connection with the fracas. Orono police Sgt. David Silk estimated the gathering involved approximately 200 to 400 people at The …
Mohamud Mohamed

Police seeking third suspect in 2013 Biddeford murder

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 29, 2015, at 2:56 p.m.
A third man is being sought by police in connection with the 2013 murder of a Biddeford man, according to state police. Detectives are seeking the public’s help in searching for Mohamud Mohamed, 21, whose last known address was in Portland, according to Department of Public Safety …

Augusta man arrested in connection with burglary ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 29, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
A local man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a burglary ring in central Maine, according to Augusta Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills. Michael Joseph Gagne, 38, was arrested on a probation hold and is being held at the Kennebec County Jail, according to Mills. A group …
Police question a truck driver Wednesday during a search in Corinth.

Police search for man accused of domestic disturbance in Corinth

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 29, 2015, at 1:33 p.m.
A search for a man involved in an alleged domestic disturbance prompted area schools to take caution on Wednesday, according to the Penobscot County sheriff’s office. The series of events started shortly before 11 a.m. when sheriff’s deputies received a call from a person on White Schoolhouse …

2nd suspect arrested in drug-related Biddeford shooting death

By Dawn Gagnon on April 28, 2015, at 8:20 p.m.
BANGOR | Maine State Police have charged a second man with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Biddeford man in March 2013, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release. John Lopez, 20, was arrested at an Old Orchard Beach gas …
Stephanie Thorbjornson

Tenants Harbor couple accused of importing bath salts from China

By Stephen Betts on April 28, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
A Tenants Harbor husband and wife were arrested Monday, charged with importing bath salts from China. Stephanie Thorbjornson, 46, and her husband Edward Thorbjornson, 55, were charged with felony importation of bath salts, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. They were taken to the Knox …
Darryl Lange

Police say Rockland man selling pot to teens

By Stephen Betts on April 28, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
A Rockland man is being held without bail for allegedly selling marijuana to teens. Darryl Lange, 51, was arrested Monday at his Main Street apartment by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and charged with felony trafficking in marijuana and violation of bail, according to Rockland police. Lange’s …

Bowdoinham man faces federal child pornography charge

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
A Bowdoinham man was arrested Friday in Richmond and charged by federal officials with downloading and possessing more than 150 images and videos of child pornography. Daniel Lajoie Jr. was charged with possession of child pornography, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years …

Police say man violated bail with new drug charge

By Stephen Betts on April 27, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Spruce Head man is behind bars after police say he was caught again with drugs while free on bail for a felony bath salts charge. Herman Hoffman, 40, was arrested Friday at his residence by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and charged with felony possession of …

Burglars target churches in Aroostook

By Jen Lynds on April 27, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
MAPLETON | State Police said Monday that burglars targeted several churches in Aroostook County last week, breaking into the houses of worship and making off with an undisclosed amount of items. State Police Sgt. Josh Haines said in a written statement Monday that the burglaries took place at three …
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