Courts and Crime

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine law enforcement officers have written up several hundred motorists for violating a law that prohibits motorists from using hand-held electronic devices.

BELFAST, Maine - A Maine organization that focuses on rehabilitation of criminal offenders will receive more than $900,000 from the federal government to support its work.

Maine To Get A Share Of $117M Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Devices

Oct 20, 2019
Mel Evans / AP

The pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million settlement with 41 states, including Maine, over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A Maine State Prison inmate whose due process rights were violated when he spent 22 months in solitary confinement is not entitled to injunctive relief or damages, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Douglas Burr had hoped for a decision that would have limited the number of days prisoners could be held in segregation and the reasons for placing them there. 

Maine Lawmaker: Judges 'Overloaded' After Child Welfare Changes

Oct 16, 2019
Joseph Cyr / Houlton Pioneer Times via BDN

A Maine lawmaker said Tuesday that judges are dealing with more child welfare cases after the state ended a practice of placing children with other family members during investigations, illustrating a challenge the state faces in overhauling its system.

Cape Elizabeth School District Suspends Girls For Bullying Over Rape-Awareness Note

Oct 16, 2019
Shael Norris / AP

A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she’s taking the school district to court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is asking the federal court in Portland to block a three-day suspension of a Cape Elizabeth High School student for bullying.

bangormaine.gov / WBRC Architects Engineers

City councilors in Bangor are set to vote on a new ordinance that could impose fees on group homes and shelter operators for making non-emergency calls to police.

An economics professor at the University of Maine in Machias who sued the UMaine system has had his suit tossed out by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

PORTLAND, Maine - A man in Maine whose properties were part of a federal raid of more than 20 marijuana sites has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is considering an appeal in a case involving a teen boy who was detained at Long Creek Youth Development Center for seven months after being found incompetent to stand trial. Though the teen is now in residential treatment, his attorney argues that his case sets a bad precedent.

Josh Keefe / BDN

Since news broke this week that employees at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston created a “wall of shame” of patients with disabilities in 2015 and 2016, the hospital’s parent companies have issued an apology and said those involved were disciplined. But they have been silent on steps they may have taken to notify regulators and affected patients.

A Maine elementary school is closed for the day because of a pair of fires that were allegedly set by a student.

Police say a school bus's flashing stop lights were not activated when a 6-year-old boy was struck while crossing the street in Farmington, Maine.

Police say a Bread of Life Ministries worker is charged with gross sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor.

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