Courts and Crime

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

The investigative arm of the Legislature will review a child protection system that failed to prevent the deaths of two young girls despite previous reports of abuse. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Attorney General's Office says a Portland police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who was brandishing a pellet gun because it appeared to be a real rifle.
 
Sgt. Nicholas Goodman shot 22-year-old Chance David Baker in the parking lot of a strip mall in February 2017. In a report released Tuesday, investigators said Baker was holding an air rifle and seemed ready to pull the trigger.
 

What Happens When Child Abuse Is Reported In Maine

Mar 5, 2018
BDN

When school officials and neighbors called the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to alert the agency about suspected abuse of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy, their reports entered a complex child welfare system.

A judge has ruled that a Maine state trooper had a legitimate reason to stop a van full of immigrants that he described as the “ICE mother lode” and will allow a resulting immigration case to move forward.

An attorney for Mario Ernesto Garcia-Zavala claims the men were racially profiled.

Trooper Robert Burke says he stopped the vehicle because a passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt and the windshield was cracked. Video from Burke's car captured him telling another trooper that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would need to bring out a SWAT team.

A superior court judge has found that a Native American employee of Day's Jewelers was subjected to a hostile work environment during the many years he worked there because of his race. The judge did, though, dismiss several other related claims, saying they were not the result of race-based harassment.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Sharon Carrillo, a woman charged with the death of her 10-year-old daughter is seven months pregnant. Carrillo also has two other young children who are already in state custody.

The attorney representing Sharon Carrillo's husband, Julio Carrillo, says that his client confirmed that Sharon is seven months pregnant.

It's unclear who will take custody when the baby is born. In Waldo County Superior Court Wednesday, a judge granted the state's request that the Carrillos be barred from contact with children under age 15.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The parents of 10-year-old girl in Stockton Springs who died from Battered Child syndrome are each being held on $500,000 bail after appearing in Waldo County Superior Court Wednesday.

Sharon and Julio Carrillo have each been charged with depraved indifference murder in the death of Marissa Kennedy, and, if convicted, could face life in prison. A former neighbor said he and others also witnessed abuse and repeatedly called police.

Maine State Police say they have arrested a teenage boy from Bowdoinham in connection with the death of a 55-year-old woman in her Bowdoinham home.

Police responded Monday morning to Marie Sylvester's mobile home and found her unresponsive. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the teenager was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with murder.  Police aren't releasing his name.

"His first court appearance is going to be Friday afternoon in West Bath," McCausland says. "In past practices it's likely his name will be released at that time."

Police have arrested a Maine woman who posted a video of herself target shooting while listing city officials by name and describing them as “my target.”

Police say 57-year-old Laurie Allen was arrested Feb. 23 on charges of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon. The Bangor Daily News reports Belfast Police Chief Michael McFadden says the videos and a series of public confrontations have caused “reasonable fear” among officials.

Courtesy Univesity of New England

A first-year medical student at the University of New England was stabbed to death Saturday in a reading room at a Massachusetts public library.

Police say 22-year-old Deane "Kenny" Stryker was at a table at the Winchester Public Library in Winchester, Mass., when Jeffrey Yao, 23, came up from behind and stabbed her multiple times with a 10-inch hunting knife. 

Stryker was pronounced dead at a hospital. 

BANGOR, Maine - The mother and stepfather of a 10-year-old Maine girl who was found dead at a condo complex have been charged with murder.
 
State police say 33-year-old Sharon Carrillo and 51-year-old Julio Carrillo were arrested Monday at state police offices in Bangor, where they had been interviewed by detectives.
 
The girl, Marrissa Kennedy, was found dead Sunday at the condo complex in Stockton Springs. The family had been staying at a condo owned by the mother's parents.
 

Hancock County Jail

A 19-year-old Ellsworth High School student is in custody after being accused of making a school shooting threat on an online gaming site.

The gaming company alerted the FBI of the threat last Wednesday. Local police arrested Michael Allen Thursday and charged him with terrorizing.

School Superintendent Daniel Higgins says, in addition to regular safety protocols, Ellsworth schools are beefing up their security.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

A murder case that went unsolved for nearly four decades came to a conclusion Thursday in a Bangor courtroom.

A judge found Phillip Scott Fournier guilty of the 1980 death of Joyce McLain of East Millinocket. McLain was just 16-years old when she went jogging near her high school one August evening and never returned. In delivering her verdict after the jury-waived trial, Superior Court Justice Ann Murray rejected defense arguments suggesting Fournier had sustained a brain injury that had damaged his recollection of the killing.

A student who was recently enrolled at York County Community College was arrested in his home state of Vermont last week after threatening a mass shooting at his former high school.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Paul LePage is publicly questioning the character of Maine Supreme Court Justice Joseph Jabar after he says Jabar went back on a personal promise to retire before the end of his seven-year term, if LePage agreed to reappoint him.

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