Stories about Maine State Prison

Three houses near the site of the former state prison, that were recently sold to the present warden are seen Friday, July 1, 2011 in Thomaston, Maine. Maine lawmakers will review the state's sale of property for $175,000, far below its $458,000 town-assessed value.

Sale of state property to prison warden ‘raises red flags’

By GLENN ADAMS, The Associated Press on July 01, 2011, at 10:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Legislative oversight committees will review the state’s sale of property near the former state prison in Thomaston to the current prison warden for $175,000 — a figure well below its $458,000 town-assessed value. The property was sold June 9 to Warden Patricia Barnhart and Sheehan Gallagher through …

Two years later, inmate homicide investigation remains incomplete

By Heather Steeves on June 16, 2011, at 10:22 p.m.
WARREN | The Maine Attorney General’s Office is still investigating the death of a Maine State Prison inmate two years and two months ago. Bill Stokes, chief of the Maine AG’s criminal division, said Thursday he could not provide any information about the investigation or how much longer it …

Maine State Prison lays off six workers

By Heather Steeves on June 13, 2011, at 3:25 p.m.
WARREN | The Maine State Prison laid off six workers on June 10. The cuts were in an effort to keep staff levels consistent across all Maine Department of Corrections facilities, officials said Monday. The prison let go of one deputy warden, four captains and one staff development specialist, …

Prison inmate dies after severe beating

By Heather Steeves on June 08, 2011, at 9:25 a.m.
WARREN | An inmate at Maine State Prison died Tuesday night after suffering a severe beating in the prison last month. Lloyd Franklin Millett, 51, who was serving a life sentence for double murder, died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after he staying at the hospital in …

Convicted rapist’s trial to begin in assault of Camden woman

By Heather Steeves on June 06, 2011, at 2:59 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Jury selection began Monday for a man accused of brutally raping a woman, trying to tamper with the victim after the crime and then trying to escape from Knox County Jail. Bradley Lemay of Augusta is scheduled to stand trial this week in Knox County Superior Court. …
Volunteer Larry Farrington of Big Moose Township assists Jeremy St. Louis, a Greenville High School student in the JMG program,
who was working on the roof of a storage shed on Friday. The shed was constructed by the students under the direction of Farrington and has been sold.

Retired carpenter volunteers to teach Greenville High School students

By Diana Bowley on May 21, 2011, at 3:55 p.m.
Greenville High School eliminated its industrial arts program during budget cuts years ago, but some students are back to learning the basics of carpentry thanks to the Jobs for Maine Graduates program and a local volunteer. It was by chance that Larry Farrington, 57, of Moosehead Junction …

Man who tried to hire hit man to kill pregnant wife faces new charges

By Heather Steeves on May 04, 2011, at 6:18 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A man convicted in 2006 of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his pregnant wife and her lover was brought into court Wednesday to determine if he was competent to stand trial on new criminal charges. Yes, the doctor said in court Wednesday, Victor Frascone, …

Prisoner deaths prompt call for transparency

By Kevin Miller on Feb. 18, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In the wake of two high-profile deaths at Maine State Prison, lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state medical examiner to assess whether an autopsy is needed for a prison inmate who dies in custody. But Maine’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Margaret Greenwald, said …