Articles by Judy Meyer

Stavros Mendros at the Maine GOP Convention in Augusta, May 5, 2012.

Casino signature gatherers demand payment, allege ‘criminal behavior’

By Judy Meyer on Jan. 26, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Circulators hired to gather signatures to bring another casino to Maine have finished their work, but accusations of how those signatures were obtained and whether circulators were adequately paid for the work have just begun.

County GOP treasurer quits amid claims of missing funds

By Judy Meyer on Dec. 08, 2015, at 5:07 p.m.
Mark Ramsay has told his fellow officers he will resign after about $8,000 was discovered missing from the committee’s bank account, according to Michael Marcotte.
Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook

Democrat questions legality of Lewiston mayor’s call to list welfare recipients

By Judy Meyer and Scott Thistle on Sept. 24, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
A Democratic legislator noted that even if state laws change, federal restrictions will make it impossible to list the names publicly.

Owner of farm where fatal hayride occured files for bankruptcy

By Judy Meyer on July 08, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
LEWISTON | Peter Bolduc Jr., who owns and operates Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the Route 26 land and buildings, which are owned by his company, Andover Covered Bridge LLC. According to Bolduc, his farm operation is a tenant of the …
Kristina Lowe listens to closing arguments at her manslaughter trial at Oxford County Superior Court in Paris on Wednesday.

Jury finds woman guilty of manslaughter in West Paris crash that killed 2 teens

By Judy Meyer on May 22, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
Kristina Lowe was found guilty Thursday afternoon of two counts of manslaughter in the high-speed crash that killed Oxford Hills teens Rebecca Mason, 16, and Logan Dam, 19. The jury also found Lowe guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, but found Lowe not guilty of …
Kristina Lowe sits through the opening statement at her jury trail Thursday at Oxford County Superior Court.

State rests case against woman accused of manslaughter

By Judy Meyer on May 20, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
PARIS | The state rested its case against Kristina Lowe on Tuesday morning after presenting three full days of eyewitness testimony that Lowe was drinking for hours before a fatal accident that killed Oxford Hills teens Rebecca Mason and Logan Dam, and that she told her friends how sorry …
Kristina Lowe sits through the opening statement at her jury trail Thursday at Oxford County Superior Court.

Witness’s Facebook posts questioned in woman’s manslaughter trial

By Judy Meyer on May 17, 2014, at 6:55 a.m.
PARIS | Defense attorney James Howaniec stopped just short of accusing 22-year-old Megan Plummer of conspiring with her younger sister to lie and convince a jury that Kristina Lowe was responsible for an accident in 2012 that killed Rebecca Mason, 16, and Logan Dam, 19. Active-Retired Justice Robert Clifford …
Kristina Lowe

Jury selected for West Paris vehicular manslaughter trial

By Judy Meyer on May 15, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
Eight women and seven men, none under the age of 30, were selected Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court to hear the trial of a 21-year-old West Paris woman charged with vehicular manslaughter. Kristina Lowe is charged in the deaths of Rebecca Mason, 16, and Logan Dam, …
Mary Mayhew is the commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine DHHS chief brushes aside federal warning, will move ahead with plan for photos on EBT cards

By Judy Meyer on April 25, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
LEWISTON | The federal government has asked Maine to delay its plan to put photos on public assistance electronic benefits transfer cards until it can fully review and approve the state’s plan. Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said late Friday that the plan is …

More Maine workers found justified in whistle-blower complaints

By Judy Meyer on March 09, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
Three years ago, at the start of the fall semester at the University of Maine in Orono, a 20-year-old student was sexually assaulted by another student at a fraternity adjacent to campus. The victim worked part time for the Bank of America call center in Orono. Her attacker also worked …

College classes available to all Maine inmates, but interest limited

By Judy Meyer on Nov. 10, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
WARREN | In Maine, the Sunshine Lady Foundation tuition grant program is available only at the Warren facility and only to a select few, but other inmates there and inmates in other prisons can take college classes through online courses once they complete what’s called an “accuplacer” test and …
Inmates Jon Brent Dyer, left, Jerry James Banks, center and Brandon Brown celebrate getting diplomas from the University of Maine at Augusta during a ceremony on Monday at the Maine State Prison.

Prison education program offers new beginnings for Maine inmates

By Judy Meyer on Nov. 10, 2013, at 12:08 p.m.
WARREN | Sergio Hairston played varsity football for Lewiston High School, but the running back had spotty attendance and left school in October 2006, his senior year. Five months later, the 18-year-old stabbed Richard Lessard to death over a $250 drug debt and is serving a 15-year sentence for …
Nathan Morton, charged with murder in connection with the Romeo Parent killing last April, listens to his lawyer, George Hess, during his appellate review of harnish bail proceeding in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn Friday morning.

Greene murder suspect’s bail review ends abruptly

By Judy Meyer on Nov. 02, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
AUBURN | An appeal to review bail for Nathan Morton, charged with killing Romeo Parent in April, was abruptly halted after 30 minutes Friday and continued to Nov. 18 to give the defense time to read witness statements presented by the state. Morton, 24, of Greene is being held …
Eric Cioppa

State rules Anthem cannot force customers into new plan

By Judy Meyer on Oct. 05, 2013, at 7:16 a.m.
LEWISTON | Central Maine Healthcare has won. On Friday evening, Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa released his ruling that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield cannot force its individual policyholders into a narrow network insurance plan that would exclude Central Maine Medical Center and its partner hospitals and affiliated …

Terrorizing charges against Sabattus man dismissed

By Judy Meyer on Sept. 08, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
AUBURN | Scott Dumont of Sabattus pleaded guilty Friday to discharging a firearm near a dwelling nearly two years ago and paid a $100 fine. He had been facing up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. A felony charge of reckless conduct and two misdemeanor charges …
Bryan Peabody

Lewiston man pleads not guilty in July stabbing

By Judith Meyer, Sun Journal on Sept. 07, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
AUBURN | A Lewiston man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he stabbed a man in a late-night dispute over a couch in July. Bryan Peabody, 18, was arrested July 20 and charged with stabbing George H. Ross with a knife at an apartment on Main Street in …
David Marsters of Sabattus admits he made a mistake when he used a racial slur and posted "Shoot the N*****" atop a picture of President Barack Obama on Facebook recently. On Thursday, he resigned from town committees and apologized for the statement.

Marsters apologizes for racial slur, resigns from Sabattus boards

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 29, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
David Marsters has apologized for posting a racial slur and threat against President Barack Obama on Facebook and has resigned from all of his municipal board appointments. Marsters submitted his resignation by email to Town Manager Andrew Gilmore just before 8 a.m. Thursday, writing that “effective immediately …
David Marsters of Sabattus admits he made a mistake when he used a racial slur and posted "Shoot the N*****" atop a picture of President Barack Obama on Facebook recently. "I didn't say I'm going to do it or someone else is going to do it," clarified Marsters during an interview at his home Tuesday evening.

Sabattus calls emergency meeting to consider removing man who said to ‘shoot’ Obama on Facebook from boards, committees

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 28, 2013, at 3:43 p.m.
The chairman of the town’s Board of Selectmen has called an emergency meeting for Thursday night to consider removing resident David Marsters from service on all town boards and committees on which he serves. This is the only item on the agenda. The meeting will be at …
Cleveland Cruthirds

Lewiston man convicted of assault, burglary, but acquitted of attempted murder in stabbing attack

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 21, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
AUBURN | Cleveland Cruthirds was convicted Tuesday of felony elevated aggravated assault in the stabbing of his former girlfriend, Naomi Swift. Cruthirds, 27, of Lewiston was also convicted of burglary and violation of bail conditions for breaking into Swift’s apartment at 174 Blake St. in Lewiston, but was acquitted …
Cleveland Cruthirds listens to Assistant District Attorney Patricia Reynolds Regan list bail conditions sought for Cruthirds at Lewiston District Court on Wednesday.

Jury expected to deliberate Tuesday in attempted murder stabbing trial

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 20, 2013, at 7 a.m.
AUBURN | The jury in the Cleveland Cruthirds attempted murder trial is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday without hearing from him. Cruthirds, 27, formerly of 260 Park St. in Lewiston, has decided he will not testify. On Monday morning in Androscoggin County Superior Court, after a week of testimony, …