Courts and Crime

Tribal leaders and advocates say they will keep pushing for a bill that would give two Maine tribes jurisdiction over some domestic violence cases.

A new rule that limits referrals by abortion providers will not take effect in Maine or any other state, due to a Federal Appeals Court action.

The Androscoggin County District Attorney’s Office will not file charges in the case of an alleged sexual assault that involved two students at Lisbon High School in April, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

A federal judge has ruled that a Maine law prohibiting the use of publicly-funded tuition at religious schools is constitutional.

Maine Public File

A Maine State Prison inmate has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Corrections and Wellpath LLC, a private contractor that provides medical care to prisoners.

Maine Woman Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing 4-Year-Old

Jun 25, 2019
Beth Brogan / Bangor Daily News

WISCASSET, Maine — Superior Court Justice William Stokes sentenced Shawna Gatto to 50 years for the murder of 4-year-old Kendall Chick.

After a week-long trial in April, Stokes found Gatto guilty of depraved indifference murder.

Chick was the granddaughter of Gatto’s fiance, Stephen Hood. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services removed Chick from her mother’s custody and placed her with Gatto and Hood three years before her death on Dec. 8, 2017.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

A week after his trial began, John Williams has been found guilty in the murder of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A hearing is set to determine whether one of three teens charged in the strangling and stabbing a Maine woman should be tried as an adult.

PORTLAND, Maine - Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of a Maine man who's accused of placing a gun to the neck of a sheriff's deputy and pulling the trigger.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - The trial of a Maine man who's accused of killing a sheriff's deputy by pressing a gun to his neck and pulling the trigger has been delayed.

A Maine man accused of raping and strangling an 11-year-old girl in 1986 is being brought back to Connecticut to face murder and kidnapping charges.

Associated Press / Penobscot Sheriff's Office via Norwalk Police Department.

NORWALK, Conn. - Police in Maine have arrested a man in connection with the 1986 rape and killing of an 11-year-old girl in Connecticut.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press/file

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A spokeswoman for the national prosecutor's office in the Dominican Republic says a second person has been arrested in the investigation into the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz. There is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

An unusual civil trial is underway this week in Kennebec County Superior Court, in a case brought by a Maine State prison inmate against the Department of Corrections.

WISCASSET, Maine - A Maine man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal crash while under the influence of methamphetamine and THC, the active ingredient of cannabis.