Courts and Crime

The police chief of Dover-Foxcroft has been arrested for allegedly attempting to strangle a woman and then threatening her with a gun.

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Several hundred people gathered Sunday evening in Portland's Monument Square for a vigil honoring late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state's first jury trial since March has been postponed because the child of a key witness has symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawyer for a man who’s serving a life sentence for killing a deputy is arguing the trial judge made mistakes in allowing the man's confession and in imposing the maximum sentence.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine is preparing this week for the first trials since March. In Penobscot County, a man charged in a 2017 killing in Cherryfield is going on trial on a murder charge.

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar has taken the unusual step of suspending a Gardiner attorney for what it says are "multiple violations " of the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, including sexual harassment and conflict of interest.

BANGOR, Maine - A Black man who is going to trial on a murder charge believes jurors could be prejudiced against him if he is forced to wear a mask.

The lawyer for Carine Reeves, of New York, told a Maine judge Wednesday that for his client to wear a mask would be problematic because masks are often associated with crime.

The lawyer pointed to researchers who wrote that "African Americans are particularly prone to racial profiling solely due to the fact that they are wearing masks."

The judge said he would rule on the defendant's motion on masks within a few days.

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The Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, which has had a COVID-19 outbreak infecting 10 people, is not requiring its congregation or school students to wear masks, but, according to its attorney, the church is taking other precautions. Calvary Baptist made headlines after its pastor railed against state safety guidelines. Now that pastor is saying that he and his family have become the target of death threats. Sanford police, however, say they have not received reports of threats.

Portland Police arrested a 33-year-old protester Monday evening for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

PORTLAND, Maine - A white man who fatally shot his sister's Black boyfriend in Maine has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

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The man serving a life sentence for murdering an on-duty Somerset County sheriff’s deputy is asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to overturn his conviction and grant him a new trial.

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Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck says his office will not file any further criminal charges against 32 protesters arrested in June for failure to disperse.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has joined a group of states suing to block changes at the U.S. Postal Service to ensure safe voting-by-mail.

A Maine biomass energy company has filed a breach of contract complaint in federal court against Canadian-based KMW Energy.


A federal appeals court judge has reaffirmed a lower court decision that blocked the suspension of a Cape Elizabeth High School student over a note she posted in the school's bathroom last year.