Courts and Crime

These Prison Inmates Are Getting A Seat At The Decision-Making Table

Nov 9, 2019
Ashley L. Conti / BDN

On a recent Tuesday morning, a group of Maine State Prison inmates, along with prison administrators, corrections officers and state legislators, gathered around tables in the facility’s visitation room.

Maine State Police

A Maine school bus driver has been placed on administrative leave and faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs after he was stopped while driving the Biddeford High School field hockey back team from a game this weekend.

According to Maine State Police Lt. Erik Baker, longtime Biddeford School Department bus driver Richard Tanguay was pulled over about 8 p.m. Saturday night heading south on I-95 with about 30 students and staff on board. Baker says a trooper saw several signs of erratic driving.

New Sober House In Bangor Allows Men 'To Be Done With That Lifestyle' After Prison

Nov 4, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

Kevin Russell was released from a Maine prison on Oct. 1 after serving 16 months for operating a methamphetamine lab. The 46-year-old wanted to return to the Bangor area to be close to his teenage daughter but knew he’d need support to stay off drugs. Two weeks ago, Russell moved into the Fresh Start Sober Living House on Ohio Street in Bangor.

Vigil Held For Waterville Woman

Oct 25, 2019

Friends of a Maine woman found dead in the basement of her apartment house have held a vigil for her as the man accused of killing her awaits a court appearance.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the three-day suspension of a Cape Elizabeth High School Student for what the school says was bullying and what the ACLU of Maine says was protected speech.

Police in Maine say they've discovered a body in the basement of a building that is the residence of a missing woman.

He was an attorney for the Passamaquoddy Tribe whose fierce advocacy got him into so much trouble that he chose to leave the country rather than serve a four-year prison sentence more than 50 years ago.

According to the latest statistics from Maine’s Department of Public Safety, crime in Maine is down by a rate of more than 50 percent over the last seven years, and down by more than nine percent over last year alone.

Police say a waste management worker was fatally struck by a garbage truck in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine law enforcement officers have written up several hundred motorists for violating a law that prohibits motorists from using hand-held electronic devices.

BELFAST, Maine - A Maine organization that focuses on rehabilitation of criminal offenders will receive more than $900,000 from the federal government to support its work.

Maine To Get A Share Of $117M Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Devices

Oct 20, 2019
Mel Evans / AP

The pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million settlement with 41 states, including Maine, over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A Maine State Prison inmate whose due process rights were violated when he spent 22 months in solitary confinement is not entitled to injunctive relief or damages, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Douglas Burr had hoped for a decision that would have limited the number of days prisoners could be held in segregation and the reasons for placing them there. 

Maine Lawmaker: Judges 'Overloaded' After Child Welfare Changes

Oct 16, 2019
Joseph Cyr / Houlton Pioneer Times via BDN

A Maine lawmaker said Tuesday that judges are dealing with more child welfare cases after the state ended a practice of placing children with other family members during investigations, illustrating a challenge the state faces in overhauling its system.

Cape Elizabeth School District Suspends Girls For Bullying Over Rape-Awareness Note

Oct 16, 2019
Shael Norris / AP

A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she’s taking the school district to court.