Courts and Crime

PORTLAND, Maine - A lobster boat captain charged in the death of two crew members is pleading guilty and facing four years in jail.

Maine Department of Corrections

A prisoner who walked away from the Mountain View Correctional Center in Charleston last Thursday has been taken into custody.  The Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office says Arnold Nash was found in the Charleston area at about 7 o'clock Tuesday morning.

CHARLESTON, Maine - Maine corrections officials say a convicted murderer serving a 45-year sentence has escaped from prison.

Maine Public staff

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce runs a jail. But in a recent Portland Press Herald op-ed, Joyce writes that too many people are behind bars.  And many of them, he says, are the wrong people.

Maine’s Midcoast, Hit Hard By Opioid Crisis, Wants Its Own Drug Court

Sep 10, 2018
Lauren Abbate / Bangor Daily News

Maine’s judicial branch is eyeing the midcoast as the future location of an expanded drug court that would offer an array of services to criminal defendants struggling with addiction.

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The Augusta Police Department says there is a highly lethal heroin supply that has surfaced in surrounding communities.

SACO, Maine - A Maine lobster wholesaler is suing one of its owners, claiming he embezzled nearly $1.5 million worth of lobsters.

ALFRED, Maine - The court case of a woman charged with driving onto a baseball field and hitting and killing a man has been pushed back.

WINTER HARBOR, Maine - Police in Maine say the two men who allegedly broke into a Winter Harbor home and killed a dog have turned themselves in to police.

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The lawyer for John Williams – the man accused of killing Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole this April – is asking a judge to suppress Williams’ confession. Williams was the subject of a four-day long manhunt following the discovery of Corporal Cole’s body near a house in Norridgewock, and, according to his attorney, he was badly beaten while in custody.

PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says a Kittery man has agreed to pay nearly $400,000 in fines and interest for illegally soliciting investors for a medical cannabis operation on Craigslist.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the commission says Richard J. Greenlaw raised about $500,000 from at least 59 investors across the country by offering securities in 20 cannabis-related businesses on the website although he was not registered with the SEC.

LIVERMORE, Maine - Maine State Police investigators have searched a Livermore property looking for evidence that could lead to finding a woman who has been missing since 1986.

It’s been 28 years since the state of Maine agreed in Superior Court to provide adequate mental health services to Mainers. The court master in the case now says that while the state has made progress, it has not yet met its promises.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man convicted in his infant son's death 39 years ago is going to prison.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court says a six-month suspension was too lenient for a lawyer who engaged in sex acts with a client and who was previously suspended over money laundering charges.
The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday set aside attorney Gary Prolman's punishment, saying it "substantially minimizes the seriousness'' of his conduct. The court said his punishment at a minimum should require him to seek reinstatement to the bar.