Courts and Crime

Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

AUGUSTA, Maine — After years of disagreement, the state of Maine, tribes and the federal government appear to agree that a long-running lawsuit over water quality standards is nearing its end, though procedural disagreements stand in the way.

A sting operation by a Maine police department found that lots of drivers haven't changed their habits in the wake of the state's new hands-free cell phone law for drivers.

In Defense Of The Defendants

Nov 29, 2019

Plea deals handed out and negotiated before defendants meet with the state’s free ‘Lawyer of the Day’ have Maine defense attorneys calling a constitutional foul.

MADISON, Maine - Maine's attorney general says officers involved in a 2017 fatal shooting of a man who killed three people acted in self-defense.

The Lewiston Police Department has released a video of the city's mayor-elect hitting a woman in a crosswalk with his van.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine man is due to be sentenced for the death of a 6-month-old-boy in Millinocket. A judge found Jessee Mackin guilty of manslaughter in the baby's death in May, 2015.

Police say a 17-year old male from Westbrook is facing a juvenile charge of terrorizing for allegedly making a threat over social media against students at Casco Bay High School in Portland. The alleged threat prompted the cancellation of classes Wednesday at the high school and at the Portland Arts & Technology School, which share a campus.

The Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is calling for a pay increase for judges in the state.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Maine State Police have identified a man who was fatally shot at a homeless shelter in Brunswick.

Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

Penobscot County commissioners are meeting again Thursday with the architects they’ve hired to design a new jail in an effort to keep the cost “reasonable” so voters will support borrowing money for the new facility.

Maine State Police say two people are dead following a crash in the town of Litchfield.

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.