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Douglas Merrifield

Rockland man expected to get 33 months for torturing boy

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
A Rockland man who was caught on videotape beating and torturing a boy earlier this year has pleaded guilty.
Gregory Nisbet stands up after he was found not to be guilty of manslaughter by Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren on Friday in Portland. Nisbet is the landlord who owned the Portland building where six young adults died in a fire in 2014.

Landlord not guilty of manslaughter in Maine’s deadliest house fire in decades

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 21, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
The judge said the six deaths “were beyond tragic” but said that the court could not find “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the deaths would not have occurred but for Nisbet’s actions.
Lynn Arsenault

Murdered woman’s sons sue stepfather over forged will

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Mathew and Nick Day, are suing their former stepfather, Donald Arsenault, and a Portland businessmen after a probate judge ruled that their dead mother’s will had been forged.
Actress Shailene Woodley is seen in this booking photo released by Morton County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota, Oct. 11, 2016.

Actress Shailene Woodley pleads not guilty in pipeline protest

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Oct. 20, 2016, at 7:46 a.m.
Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from her high-profile arrest with 27 other people while protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, court documents show.

Eight indicted on conspiracy, methamphetamine charges in The County

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
The Aroostook County grand jury during its September session indicted two Orient residents who were allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab.
Victor DiGregorio

Sanford city councilor to plead guilty to election fraud

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.
If the plea arrangement is accepted by a judge during a scheduled court appearance Monday, Victor DiGregorio will serve seven days in an alternative sentencing program, performing public service.

Illinois transgender student wins round in closely watched bathroom case

By Derek Hawkins, Washington Post on Oct. 19, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
The case is one of many that challenge the Obama administration’s efforts to expand bathroom access for transgender students based on their gender identity rather than their birth certificates.
Luc Tieman

Autopsy: Fairfield woman wrapped in blanket, buried with note, perfume, chips

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 18, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
An apologetic note, a bottle of perfume and a bag of potato chips were found under the body of Valerie Tieman.
Matthew Davis

Trial in Oakfield double homicide rescheduled to begin in December

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 18, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Jury selection has now been rescheduled for Dec. 2, with the trial date set for Dec. 6.
Andre Cushing III

Sister’s lawsuit accuses Maine GOP Sen. Andre Cushing of misusing money from family businesses

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 17, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
Laura Cushing McIntyre alleged her brother, his wife and their children operated the companies fraudulently and were unjustly enriched by that fraud.

Man who destroyed gate at Navy facility seeking fishing hole gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 14, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
Richard Hughes pleaded guilty to destroying government property by driving through a closed gate at the Cutler Naval Support Activity installation.
Adam Metropoulos (right), 53, a former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor, was sentenced to 12 years in prison with all but 6 1/2 years suspended for sex crimes involving children.

Advocacy group calls for removal of jailed priest’s supervisor

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 14, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
“Barbas was almost certainly complicit or at least grossly negligent in this.”

Alleged dealer in fatal overdose, career burglar indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 13, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California, Sept. 30, 2014.

Massachusetts churches sue over transgender bathroom bill

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
Four Massachusetts churches Tuesday filed a lawsuit asking to be exempted from a state law that requires public places to allow transgender people to use bathrooms in line with their gender identity.
Sidney Kilmartin

Maine man found guilty of sending cyanide to Englishman

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
Jurors found Sidney Kilmartin, 54, of South Windham guilty on Tuesday of mailing cyanide to an Englishman who used it to commit suicide.

Grandmother admits to buying liquor that nearly killed two teenagers

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 11, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
The girls — one 14 years old at the time and the other 13 — were treated for acute alcohol poisoning.
Gregory Nisbet (right) sits with his lawyers, Sarah Churchill (center) and Matthew Nichols, during closing arguments in Friday's manslaughter trial in Portland. Nisbet is accused of failing to maintain his Noyes Street property that burned down in 2014, killing six young adults. It was the state's most deadly fire in decades.

Judge hears closing arguments in deadly Portland fire trial

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 07, 2016, at 5:56 p.m.
The trial of a Portland landlord charged with manslaughter in Maine’s deadliest house fire in 40 years closed Friday.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin in this May 2015 file photo.

Operation Broken Glass nets 7 men for $1.9 million in illegal elver sales

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 07, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The men were netted in a multi-jurisdictional investigation dubbed Operation Broken Glass and headed up by agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire on Noyes Street in Portland on Nov. 1, 2014.

Portland took complaint about building two years before deadly fire, but inspector never went in

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 06, 2016, at 2:28 p.m.
The city inspector testified Thursday that he never entered the building.
Phoenix, a 6-month-old pit bull mix, rests at the Bangor Humane Society after being turned over by Brewer police earlier that morning after the arrest of his owner in this June 2016 file photo.

Man who dragged puppy gets 118 days, ordered to never own a dog

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 06, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Jeffrey Mayhew, 31, also pleaded guilty to the unrelated charges of operating under the influence of intoxicants, violation of a condition of release and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.