Courts and Crime

Susan Sharon / Maine Public/file

A juvenile defense attorney says Long Creek Youth Development Center is holding a 13-year-old boy unlawfully. Defense Attorney Sarah Branch argued in court Thursday that her client should no longer be held at the institution.

The family of a 22-year-old man shot and killed by a Portland police officer two years ago has filed a civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the officer and the pawnshop that sold the victim a BB gun.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

After a shorter-than-expected selection period, the jury is in place for the trial of John Williams, who is charged with murder in the killing last April of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole.

LIVERMORE, Maine - State police in Maine say they've used radar equipment to search for a missing person who was last seen 33 years ago.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

About 60 percent to 85 percent of inmates in Maine prisons struggle with some kind of addiction, whether it be alcohol or opioid. Despite those statistics, inmates in Maine Department of Corrections custody have not been able to receive medication-assisted treatment, which research shows is a more effective way to treat opioid addiction than counseling alone.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of a Maine man charged with killing a sheriff's deputy before eluding law enforcement officers for several days.

Insurance companies' medical reviews of patients must be conducted by medical professionals under a new Maine law.

WARREN, Maine - A Bangor man who was serving a 45-year sentence for shooting a man in the head in 1992 has died at the Maine State Prison.

Samantha Sardina via AP

A custody battle over a pet dog that made it to Maine's Supreme Judicial Court is over.

How A New District Attorney Is Shaking Up The Justice System In Midcoast Maine

May 28, 2019
Courtesy Natasha Irving / via Bangor Daily News

Shortly after she was elected district attorney for Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo and Knox counties in November, Natasha Irving sent a memo to assistant district attorneys and law enforcement agencies informing them of significant changes in how her office would prosecute crime.

Police in Maine say they found weapons including "approximately seven" rifles and a handgun in the basement where a man was fatally shot by police, ending a six-hour standoff.

A hostage standoff in Auburn Tuesday ended when a member of the Maine State Police tactical team shot and killed the man involved, 29-year-old Steven Case.

A Maine district attorney has been admonished for meeting with a judge about a case without the defendant's attorney present.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public - File

Juvenile justice advocates say kids in Maine are serving longer sentences in prison for petty, non-violent offenses than adults who commit misdemeanors do. And they say the time kids spend in detention comes at a high financial cost and result in poor and even traumatic outcomes.

Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department

AUBURN, Maine - A Maine man is no longer fighting extradition to Alaska to face charges that he raped and killed a woman there more than 25 years ago.

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