Courts and Crime

Ben McCanna / Portland Press Herald via AP, Pool, File

Maine's highest court heard oral arguments Tuesday that could decide whether a Portland landlord should be jailed for violating codes at an apartment house he owned, where six people were killed in a fire in 2014.

State police have identified a man fatally shot by a trooper early Monday morning after an hours-long standoff in the Androscoggin County town of Wales.

Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says Trooper James Macdonald shot and killed 54-year-old William Derick during an armed confrontation.

McCausland says police were called to a mobile home about 9 p.m. Sunday after a shot allegedly had been fired at a woman in a domestic violence incident. The woman was not injured.

Maine State Police

Updated 4:40 p.m.

A 22-year-old man has been transported to a Bangor hospital after he stole a Dexter police cruiser Friday afternoon.

Tibbets was arrested Friday morning on outstanding warrants.

At approximately 11:29 a.m., police say that Tyler Tibbets, 22, stole a fully-marked White Ford Explorer Cruiser while he was still in handcuffs. The cruiser was found abandoned in Garland, east of Dexter, around 1:15 p.m., but Tibbets remained at large.

BEN MCCANNA / PORTLAND PRESS HERALD VIA AP, POOL, FILE

The families of six people killed in a 2014 apartment fire in Portland have reached a settlement agreement with the landlord of the property.

Landlord In Deadly Portland Fire Pays $300k To Victims’ Families

May 10, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

A Portland landlord has agreed to pay nearly $300,000 in settlements to the families of six people who were killed on his property in Maine’s deadliest fire in decades.

Richard Drew / Associated Press

The northern New England chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union want to know more about immigration enforcement in the region. They say their previous Freedom of Information Act requests have gone unanswered, so they have filed suit against federal agencies to compel them to produce the records.

Kevin Bennett / Maine Public

Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Eugene Cole is being honored today at a public memorial service in Bangor.  Cpl. Cole was the first Maine law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in nearly three decades.

The Cumberland County Jail was shut down for a couple of hours Friday, and officers taken to the hospital after a packet of fentanyl went airborne.

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon says officers were booking 29-year-old Brent Gross of Westbrook on suspicion of trafficking fentanyl, as well as prison contraband, when a scuffle ensued, causing a parcel of drugs, allegedly belonging to Gross, to open and release a powder. Gagnon says the powder tested positive for fentanyl.

Updated 1:54 p.m.

Police have identified the man who was shot by a state trooper Friday in the Aroostook County town of Oakfield. 54-year-old John Corneil of Smyrna was shot by Sgt. Chad Fuller, a 20-year veteran of the State Police.

The girlfriend of a Maine man charged with killing a sheriff's deputy is facing drug charges.

The Morning Sentinel reports that a grand jury indicted Kristina Pomerleau on charges of possession of cocaine base and unlawful furnishing of cocaine.

Court documents indicate her boyfriend, John Williams, smoked from a "crack pipe" after killing Cpl. Eugene Cole on April 25 in Norridgewock.

A police report indicates the 61-year-old Cole was involved in the arrest of Pomerleau on April 21, when she was cited for driving without a valid license.

Two photographs of the man accused of killing a Sheriff's Deputy last week in Norridewock have gotten numerous comments on social media and otherwise.

One picture shows John Williams laying on his stomach at the time of his capture with a hand lifting his head by his hair. State Police say Williams was in this position because he was uncooperative and authorities had to facilitate the picture.

In the second photo, taken when he was booked, Williams has a black eye which authorities say happened as Williams was being arrested.

Marina Villeneuve / Associated Press

John Williams of Madison was formally charged with murder in connection with the death of Somerset County deputy Eugene Cole at his first court appearance Monday in Kennebec County. A police affidavit revealed some new details in the case, but doesn’t shed light on why Cole was shot.

Justice Robert Mullen ordered a mental health examination of Williams and agreed to prosecutors’ request for a change of venue to Cumberland County. Williams stared straight ahead as he sat with his court-appointed lawyers and answered questions from the judge.

Callie Ferguson / Bangor Daily News

The youngest sister of slain Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole said she was relieved that suspected killer John D. Williams had been found alive Saturday afternoon, but is far from being able to forgive him.

Dustin Wlodkowski / WCSH-TV News Center Maine

Updated 9:40 a.m.  Sunday

After a nearly four-day manhunt, police have captured John Williams, the suspect in the fatal shooting death of 62-year-old Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy, Cpl. Eugene Cole.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

About 200 officers from various federal, state and local departments, working 12-hour shifts, spent the third day of the intensive manhunt for John Williams, going door-to-door around Norridgwock, searching from the air and focusing on some woods near the Martin Stream Road.

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