Articles by Chris Williams

Peter Bolduc Jr. and Stan Miller talk to the media about Jack Russell's Great White concert to be held at Harvest Hill Farm in Mechanic Falls on Saturday. The concert is the first of what the two hope to be an ongoing relationship between concert promoter and the venue. The band stage is expected to be erected by the fence, shown in background.

Great White concert at Harvest Hill about healing

By Chris Williams on Aug. 13, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
MECHANIC FALLS | A concert slated for Saturday at a farm where a 17-year-old girl was killed on a haunted hayride and dozens of others were injured in October is aimed at “healing,” the farm’s owner and the concert’s promoter said Wednesday. The featured band at that concert will …
Harvest Hill Farm, Mechanic Falls

Defendants in haunted hayride crash deny criminal charges

By Chris Williams on July 30, 2015, at 10:10 a.m.
AUBURN | An attorney pleaded not guilty Thursday to manslaughter and other felony charges on behalf of a Mechanic Falls company stemming from a haunted hayride in October that killed a teenager and injured dozens of passengers. To read the full story, visit:
'Clerical error'
On Wednesday, District Attorney Andrew Robinson hands out a letter detailing the three indictments handed up by an Androscoggin County grand jury in a haunted hayride accident at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls in October.

Prosecutor: Driver in hayride fatal not charged with manslaughter

By Chris Williams on July 09, 2015, at 1:37 p.m.
AUBURN | The announcement Wednesday that David Brown of Paris was indicted on three felony charges in connection with a fatal October accident at Harvest Hill Farms was wrong. Androscoggin County District Attorney Andrew Robinson issued a statement at 1:15 p.m. Thursday announcing the mistake, describing it as a …

Jury finds Lewiston man guilty of murder

By Chris Williams on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
AUBURN — A jury found William True, 21, of Lewiston guilty of the murder of Romeo Parent on Wednesday after two half-days of deliberation. Visit the link to read the report in its entirety:

Lisbon man gets more than four years for setting fire to home

By Chris Williams on Nov. 06, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lisbon man who set fire to his wife’s clothing and the house she lived in was sentenced Wednesday to serve four and a half years in prison on an arson charge. Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy sentenced Michael Hersom, 42, of 12 Huston St. …

Connecticut man to serve 45 days in Turner egg farm shooting

By Chris Williams on Oct. 15, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.
AUBURN | A Connecticut man pleaded no contest Tuesday to manslaughter stemming from the fatal shooting of an egg farm worker in Turner last year. Michael Warbin, 45, of Franklin, Conn., was sentenced to spend 45 days in jail. He was sentenced to three years in prison, with most …

Legislative watchdog committee votes to continue monitoring jobless benefit appeals

By Chris Williams on June 26, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A special federal audit has found no evidence of bias or undue political influence in the outcomes of unemployment compensation appeals hearings at the Maine Department of Labor, a state official told the Legislature. Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette reported to the Legislature’s Government Oversight …

Maine cancer center leader urges Senate to support ‘head-to-toe’ treatment

By Chris Williams on May 08, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Mary Dempsey, sister of Maine native and nationally renowned actor Patrick Dempsey, said Wednesday at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on cancer research that it’s important to treat the entire person, not just the disease. Dempsey said she often refers to the “head-to-toe” approach, which is a holistic …
Actor Patrick Dempsey smiles from stage during The Dempsey Challenge opening ceremony in Lewiston on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Patrick Dempsey’s sister, who runs cancer care center in Lewiston, to speak Wednesday at U.S. Senate hearing

By Chris Williams on May 07, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
The sister of nationally renowned actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey is expected to testify Wednesday at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on cancer research. Mary Dempsey, assistant director and co-founder of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, in partnership with Central Maine Medical Center, …
Gov. Paul LePage waves as he leaves the House of Representatives chamber after he delivered his 2014 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta in this February 2014 file photo.

LePage pushes new legislation to control, curb welfare cash

By Chris Williams on March 23, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
AUGUSTA | As promised earlier this year, Gov. Paul LePage filed four bills Friday aimed at tightening restrictions on the use of electronic benefit cards used by welfare recipients. Democrats said certain elements of the governor’s proposals raise red flags; they urged him to instead focus his administration’s efforts …

State committee takes no action on findings that LePage created ‘pressure to be more sympathetic to employers’

By Chris Williams on Feb. 28, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State lawmakers on Friday took up a brief discussion of a federal report released Thursday citing inconsistencies in the state’s process of unemployment compensation hearings, but took no action on a request to take up a formal review. The discussion on whether the federal report warranted further …
Defendant Joel Hayden arrives in court before opening arguments in his double murder trial in Portland Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Lawyer: Twin murder convictions should be thrown out because killer was on drugs

By Chris Williams on Jan. 15, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
PORTLAND | An attorney for a Massachusetts man serving twin life sentences following his murder convictions in two New Gloucester slayings argued before the state’s highest court Wednesday that his client’s convictions and sentences should be overturned. Clifford Strike told members of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that Joel …

Lewiston man gets 1 1/2 years in prison for baseball bat assault

By Chris Williams on Jan. 09, 2014, at 7:55 a.m.
AUBURN | A local man was sentenced to spend 18 months of a five-year sentence in prison for hitting a man with a baseball bat over a laundry dispute. Rasaun Hampton, 38, of 12 Whipple St. pleaded guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Wednesday to a charge of …

Businesses may deny taking EBT cards, but their in-house ATMs don’t discriminate

By Chris Williams on Jan. 08, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
LEWISTON | Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that statistics compiled by a state agency showed thousands of electronic benefits transactions occurred at Maine businesses, demonstrating the abuse of cards used to derive state welfare benefits, including nearly 400 at several Twin Cities’ establishments. But when the Sun Journal spoke with …
Gov. Paul LePage

Feds finishing probe into whether LePage pressured labor officers to be more ‘pro-business’

By Chris Williams on Dec. 13, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of a state commission that studied problems with the Maine unemployment claims and appeals process said Thursday that a federal investigation into claims that Gov. Paul LePage pressured unemployment appeals hearing officers to be more “pro-business” is expected to wrap up next month. Former Maine Supreme …
Carrie Richardson

Harpswell woman to serve three years in prison for embezzling more than $80,000 from Ramada Inn

By Chris Williams on Nov. 27, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
AUBURN | A Harpswell woman was sent to prison Wednesday for three years for embezzling more than $80,000 from the Lewiston Ramada Inn last year. Carrie Richardson, 39, appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court Wednesday morning where a judge imposed a sentence of seven years in prison, but suspended …
Nathan Morton, charged with murder in connection with Romeo Parent's killing, listens to Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ellen Gorman during his appellate review of a trial's judge's bail denial in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn.

High court judge denies bail to defendant in Lewiston man’s slaying

By Chris Williams on Nov. 26, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
AUBURN | A member of the state’s highest court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that denied bail to a Greene man facing a murder charge in the spring slaying of Romeo Parent of Lewiston. Nathan Morton, 24, had appealed a trial court ruling to a single justice …

Greene man admits to misdemeanor after racial slurs, threatening in Walmart parking lot

By Chris Williams on Nov. 26, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
AUBURN | A 77-year-old Greene man agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to an incident in a Walmart parking lot last summer in which the defendant threatened to hit a Sabattus man with a baseball bat and spewed racial epithets. Keith Clayton Hanning, 77, of 146 …
Nathan Morton, charged with murder in connection with Romeo Parent's killing, listens to Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ellen Gorman during his appellate review of a trial's judge's bail denial in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn.

High court mulls possible bail for defendant in Lewiston man’s death

By Chris Williams on Nov. 19, 2013, at 7:52 a.m.
AUBURN | A member of the state’s top court is expected to rule within a week whether a Greene man charged with murder will be allowed bail. Nathan Morton, 24, was charged in the April 9 slaying of Romeo Parent, 20, of Lewiston. Police said Morton drove Parent and …
Justin Leary, right, looks to his client, Sebastian Moody, as he pleads guilty in Androscoggin Superior Court Monday afternoon.

Defendant in Lewiston man’s slaying pleads guilty to faking evidence

By Chris Williams on Nov. 19, 2013, at 6:44 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man tied to the April slaying of Romeo Parent admitted guilt Monday to a related misdemeanor. Sebastian Moody, 22, of 135 Bartlett St. pleaded guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court to falsifying physical evidence, a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in …