Court News

Ervin Morrison III

Judge sentences ‘fraudster’ who spent stolen money on motorcycle

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 05, 2016, at 6:41 p.m.
“I don’t believe that you got in over your head in your business, but that you set out to cheat your victims. I view you as a serial fraudster.”
Owls Head maintained that it has an easement along this paved area parallel to the shore, which can be seen in Owls Head in October 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by the New York couple, which claimed the paved area was their driveway, to have the high court hear their appeal of a Maine supreme court decision issued in December 2015.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear case over access to Owls Head beach

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 05, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
A five-year legal battle by a New York couple who tried to block public access over their property to Rockland Harbor has ended.
Dylan Lee Collins, left, of Biddeford stands with his attorney, William Ashe, in his initial court appearance at York County Superior Court on Nov. 7, 2014.

Motion to suppress confession in fatal fire denied

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on Oct. 05, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
Dylan Collins is accused of starting a fire at a multi-unit apartment building on Sept. 18, 2014.

Woman gets 3 years for role in robberies that netted $25,500

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 04, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.

Maine man pleads guilty to illegally trafficking in elvers worth $540,000

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 04, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Yarann Im, 34, admitted to illegally catching, purchasing and selling about 480 pounds of elvers.
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire on Noyes Street in Portland in this November 2014 file photo.

Survivor of Portland fire recalls screams from victims trapped inside

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 04, 2016, at 2:36 p.m.
Visitors and former residents testified Tuesday about the 2014 Noyes Street fire, the state’s most deadly blaze in decades, which killed six people.
Dennis Dechaine, who is serving a life sentence in Maine State Prison for the 1988 murder of Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin, appears in Cumberland County Superior Court on November 7, 2013.

Federal appeals court rejects Dechaine appeal

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
Convicted child killer Dennis Dechaine lost another appeal Monday in his efforts for a new trial.
Sidney Phillip Kilmartin

Jury to decide whether Epsom salt seller is killer or just a flimflam man

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 03, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
A federal jury will decide whether Sidney Kilmartin is a cold-blooded killer or simply a flimflam man who defrauded suicidal people who paid him for potassium cyanide but received Epsom salts instead.

Driver in police chase claims motorcycle reached 170 mph

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
A Waldoboro man made his initial court appearance Monday on charges that he led police on a high-speed chase last month in which he claims his motorcycle reached 170 miles per hour.
The landlord of the Noyes Street apartment building, Gregory Nisbet, can be seen on Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland.

Prosecution: Landlord in fatal Portland fire gave tenants useless rope ladders

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
“All three occupants of the third floor could and would have escaped the fire if indeed there was a means of escape.”
Sidney Phillip Kilmartin

South Windham man pleads guilty to selling Epsom salts as cyanide

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 03, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
A South Windham man accused of sending cyanide to a person in England who used it to commit suicide pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to nine counts of mail and wire fraud unrelated to the alleged victim’s death.

Orland man acquitted of causing puppy’s death

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 30, 2016, at 5:03 p.m.
An Orland man accused of causing the death of a puppy last December has been found innocent of the alleged crime.

Milford man acquitted of sexual assault

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 30, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
“I hope that all parties are able to move on with their lives and put whatever happened in this case behind them.”
Shane Hall, 29, listens to Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody (not shown) while standing at his initial court appearance in Rockland on Friday. Hall is accused of kidnapping a Rockland woman walking home from work Wednesday night, charged with Class A kidnapping which carries a potential sentence of 30 years in prison. He was also charged with aggravated assault, criminal threatening with dangerous weapon, eluding an officer, refusing to submit to arrest, and driving to endanger. A judge set bail Friday afternoon at $250,000 cash.

Affidavit: Accused kidnapper told victim ‘she might live’

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 30, 2016, at 3:04 p.m.
A judge set bail at $250,000 cash for the man accused of kidnapping a Rockland woman.
Sidney Phillip Kilmartin

Man accused of selling Epsom salts as cyanide to plead guilty Monday

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 30, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
He will plead guilty to mail and wire fraud charges but not counts related to the death of Andrew Denton.

Man gets more than 20 years for sexual exploitation of children he babysat

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 29, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
A local man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 20 years and 10 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of children, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Ervin Morrison III

Fraud charges pile up against Maine man facing 20 years in federal prison

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
A 24-year-old Maine man will be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for scamming customers in Maine and Massachusetts out of tens of thousands of dollars.
John Dunne Jr.

Maine man pleads guilty in state’s first ‘revenge porn’ case

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Under terms of a plea agreement, a West Bath man pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday in the state’s first “revenge porn” case and received a deferred disposition for one year.
Ernest R. Cook

Maine sex offender charged with having child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
A Bangor man was arrested and charged nearly two years after his sister told police she found sexually explicit images on his computer.

Former mail carrier admits stealing cash, gift cards

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Julie K. Meek, 56, admitted to stealing cash, checks and gift cards between December 2015 and April 5, 2016.