Courts and Crime

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Police, prosecutors and judges in Maine are taking steps to avoid sending non-violent offenders to jail. The spread of the coronavirus has prompted Maine courts to issue orders vacating outstanding warrants for unpaid fines and unpaid restitution.

PORTLAND, Maine - A man charged with violating a federal hate crime in Maine when he and a nephew attacked two black men has been found guilty.

WEST BATH, Maine - A Maine teenager has pleaded guilty to killing his grandmother, and has been sentenced as an adult to 27 years in prison.

AUGUSTA, Maine - An 18-year-old man accused of being in a car during a drive-by shooting in Maine that injured a 7-year-old girl has been charged with assault.

The Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday that there are reasonable grounds to find that two individuals have been discriminated against because of disabilities — one by a national employer and other by a community college.

Police say a 7-year-old girl shot inside her home was struck by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting in Waterville, Maine.

Emahleeah Frost is in stable condition Saturday, after being flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center. Her mother said Emma was having a snack in her bedroom when she was hit by the bullet around 3:30 p.m. Friday. She said her daughter is lucky because the bullet nearly hit her spine. 

Police on Saturday asked for anyone with information about the shooting to contact them.

After Concord Coach Line's national competitor Greyhound stopped allowing random immigration checks on its buses, and after pressure from civil rights groups, the New Hampshire-based company says it will no longer consent to such checks on its buses.

It has been two years since the death of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy, but the state still has too few caseworkers to keep pace with the volume of child welfare referrals and open cases.

The Bangor Daily News reports that an analytical tool used by the state is still short by 40 workers despite the hiring of additional workers since Kennedy's death at the hands of her mother and stepfather on Feb. 25, 2018, in Stockton Springs.

Gov. Janet Mills' supplemental budget, which needs legislative approval, would add half that number of positions, 20 caseworkers.

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Sharon Kennedy was sentenced to 48 years in prison on Friday for the murder of her daughter — in a case that helped lead to an overhaul of the state's child welfare system.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine judge is scheduled to sentence a woman who was convicted of murdering her 10-year-old daughter in a case that led to changes in the state’s child protection system.

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BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A woman convicted of murdering her 10-year-old daughter in a high-profile case that prompted changes to the state’s child protection system is due to be sentenced this week.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, plans to open a facility to hold people suspected of immigration violations in an industrial building in Scarborough, according to an email obtained by the Bangor Daily News.

ALFRED, Maine - A defrocked Massachusetts priest is appealing his conviction of sexually abusing a young boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

A federal agency has found that a Portland hospital failed to protect patients from physical abuse on two occasions last summer in which a security guard and a nurse each allegedly struck patients who were acting violently.

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For several years, Sheriff Troy Morton has warned that the cost of sending inmates to other jails due to persistent overcrowding at the Penobscot County Jail would reach $1 million annually.