Courts and Crime

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is considering an appeal in a case involving a teen boy who was detained at Long Creek Youth Development Center for seven months after being found incompetent to stand trial. Though the teen is now in residential treatment, his attorney argues that his case sets a bad precedent.

Josh Keefe / BDN

Since news broke this week that employees at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston created a “wall of shame” of patients with disabilities in 2015 and 2016, the hospital’s parent companies have issued an apology and said those involved were disciplined. But they have been silent on steps they may have taken to notify regulators and affected patients.

A Maine elementary school is closed for the day because of a pair of fires that were allegedly set by a student.

Police say a school bus's flashing stop lights were not activated when a 6-year-old boy was struck while crossing the street in Farmington, Maine.

Police say a Bread of Life Ministries worker is charged with gross sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor.

The Maine State Police say they are following up on new leads into the disappearance of a Greenbush man who has been missing for more than two years.

One day after Maine's ban on using hand-held devices while driving went into effect, the fine for first-time violations has been lowered by $145.

Toby Talbot / AP File

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns the company have proposed a settlement for thousands of lawsuits filed against the company for its aggressive sales of the addictive pain drug Oxycontin. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey says the state will not accept the deal.

Two former airport maintenance workers who sued the city of Portland, Maine, over alleged age discrimination have reached a settlement agreement.

BLAINE, Maine - Police say they made a third arrest in connection to a shooting in northern Maine.

Maine Public

Michael Grendell, the man whose house in Dixmont was blown up by Maine State Police in June of 2018, has filed a lawsuit against several officers and an official from the state Attorney General's Office. 

Grendell's attorney, David Bate, says his client is seeking clarity as to why police detonated a bomb after responding to a call that Grendell was experiencing a mental health crisis and needed help.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Vermont man convicted of impersonating a Somali man has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

John Williams, the man who killed Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole last year, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

Update 2:25 p.m. Williams has been sentenced to life in prison.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man is due to be sentenced for the first killing of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty in nearly 30 years.

Presque Isle Police

Police in Maine say they've arrested one of two men in connection with a shooting that critically injured a man.

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