Courts and Crime

The federal trial began in Portland Monday of four people arrested in Maine last June during a protest of the Trump administration's newly-implemented family separation policy along the southern U.S. border.

Darren Fishell / BDN

A government watchdog agency tasked last year with studying frontline child welfare caseworkers in Maine found most to be overworked and regularly unable to fully meet the needs of families they are supposed to serve.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The Auburn man charged in an unsolved crime described as one of Alaska’s most notorious is contesting his extradition to that state to face charges of sexual assault and murder.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine man charged with killing a woman 26 years ago in Alaska is contesting extradition.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine man who faces extradition to Alaska after his arrest in a 26-year-old cold case is due to make his first appearance in court.

Associated Press

The arrest of a Maine man in connection with a 26-year-old sexual assault and murder case in Alaska is once again highlighting the emerging use of genetic genealogy by police to solve crimes. The technology was used to link DNA from the crime scene at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to 44-year-old Steven Downs, a registered nurse living in Auburn.

A new report on Maine's child welfare system finds it's plagued by insufficient training and poor technology that leads to dropped and abandoned calls.

A former jail inmate in Maine has filed a lawsuit against a corrections officer saying the officer used a racial slur and disclosed to other inmates that he was a federal informant.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine lobster boat captain has been sentenced to four years in prison for the death of a pair of crewmen.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The mother accused in the beating death of her 10-year old daughter has filed a motion to suppress evidence in the case.

DOVER, N.H. - A man last known to have lived in Maine is accused of having at least three wives in separate states.

A former teacher at a private Christian school has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student and has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public File

This week, Maine lawmakers will consider the nomination of Jerry Reid to lead the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

A state task force on police use of deadly force released on Monday a series of recommendations aimed at preventing confrontations.

BANGOR, Maine - Officials say a Facebook Messenger video chat that allegedly showed a man beating another man to death won't be seen by a jury because it wasn't apparently saved.