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Lucas Savage

Jury finds ex-youth minister not guilty of sex crime

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 23, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.
A jury Wednesday night found a former youth pastor not guilty of a sex crime after a two-day trial at the Capital Judicial Center.

Fisherman admits to fraudulently getting over $157,000 in disability benefits

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:34 p.m.
Daniel Fitzsimmons, 54, admitted that between 2002 and 2013 he and his dependants received more than $157,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance for which they did not qualify.

‘Traitor’ to community gets 2 years for selling crack cocaine

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Alleged gunman in Wal-Mart parking lot shooting indicted on new federal drug, weapons charges

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
One of the men accused of being involved in an exchange of gunfire over drugs and money in the Augusta Wal-Mart parking lot in June was charged federally this week for allegedly dealing heroin while using a weapon and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Friend of San Bernardino gunman pleads guilty to conspiracy charges

By Steve Gorman, Reuters on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
The California man accused of buying assault rifles used by the married couple who massacred 14 people at a San Bernardino office party in December 2015 pleaded guilty on Thursday of conspiring with one of the killers in previous plots.
Espen Brungodt

Norwegian tourist who threatened to kill Portland police officers gets 15 months

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:49 p.m.
Devin Brown

Man indicted on manslaughter charge connected to Windham hit-and-run death

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 16, 2017, at 5:57 p.m.
Rebecca Perry (left) and her daughter, Gretchen Perry, are shown in a family photo. Rebecca Perry, 38, was killed and Gretchen Perry, now 16, was severely injured on Dec. 1 in a crash in Windham. Justin Perry, Rebecca's husband and Gretchen's father, has sued Philip J. Macri, 28, of Hiram for damages. Macri has been charged with manslaughter and drunken driving.

Judge grants $2M attachment on house, assets of man charged with manslaughter

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 16, 2017, at 1:25 p.m.
A judge granted a motion for a $2 million attachment on the property of a Hiram man accused of killing a Steep Falls woman and seriously injuring her daughter in a crash while driving drunk.
New York real estate scion Robert Durst appears in the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch for a pre-trial motions hearing in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 6, 2017,

Robert Durst of ‘The Jinx’ faces pre-trial testimony in murder case

By Steve Gorman, Reuters on Feb. 16, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.
Wealthy real estate scion Robert Durst faced the first prosecution testimony of the murder case against him in Los Angeles on Tuesday, from a retired dean of the New York medical school his wife attended before she vanished three decades ago.
The former Sangillo's Tavern in Portland.

Two high-profile Portland shootings linked by same alleged gunman

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 15, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
Police still have not made an arrest in the 2014 shooting, which they have called “complicated.”

A drug dealer behind angry criticism from LePage pleads guilty

By Edmund H. Mahony, The Hartford Courant on Feb. 15, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
Keith Young, 27, of Hamden, Connecticut was one of the leaders of a gang called Red Side Guerilla Brims, which was associated with the Bloods street gang.
The Down East Community Hospital as seen from Court Street in Machias in this January 2008 file photo.

Court rejects reinstatement of suspension of nurse who discharged patient later found dead in snow

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
John S. Zablotny of Steuben was the nursing supervisor on duty at Down East Community Hospital in Machias on Jan. 1, 2008, when patient Reid Emery, 61, of Eastport asked to be discharged against his doctor’s advice.
Leroy Smith III (right) is escorted back to his seat during a competency hearing before Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Donald Marden on Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

Expert: Forcing accused Maine murderer to take meds has not made him fit for trial

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 14, 2017, at 3:06 p.m.
A psychiatrist testified that a Gardiner man charged with killing and dismembering his father has improved substantially since being forcibly medicated.

Man accepts $350 fine for racing father to Lincoln hospital after chainsaw accident

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 14, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
A man has pleaded guilty to driving more than 100 mph and refusing to stop while taking a chainsaw accident victim through downtown Lincoln.
Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 22, 2010.

Judge rejects Lance Armstrong’s attempt to stop fraud case from going to trial

By Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post on Feb. 14, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The ruling marked a major victory for the government since it joined a 2010 whistleblower lawsuit brought by Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis.

Maine court hears oral arguments as justices consider sanctions against former probate judge

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 10, 2017, at 7:45 p.m.
Matthew Davis, who was convicted of murdering an Oakfield couple in 2013, reads from a prepared statement during his sentencing on Friday in Houlton Superior Court in Houlton.

Man sentenced to life for Oakfield slayings, crime spree in 2013

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Matthew Davis was convicted of shooting to death Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared, setting their house ablaze and fleeing in a stolen pickup truck.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy mother accused in death of infant charged with manslaughter, makes bail

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 10, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A Troy woman accused in the death of her 7-week-old son has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter.

Ex-probate judge says ‘enough already’ to proposed sanction

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:03 p.m.
The Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability has recommended former York County Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau pay a $10,000 fine and be barred from sitting on the bench again.
Ronald Paquin

Former priest from Boston clergy scandal indicted on 29 counts of sex abuse in Maine

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 08, 2017, at 5:14 p.m.
Ronald Paquin, a prominent figure in the sex abuse scandal uncovered by the Boston Globe in the early 2000s, pleaded guilty in 2002 to the repeated rape of a Haverhill, Massachusetts, altar boy.