Courts and Crime

AYER, Mass. - A judge has ruled that some court records in the case of a Maine man charged with killing his mother, grandparents and their caretaker in a Massachusetts home will be made public.
Judge Margaret Guzman impounded the records after Orion Krause, of Rockport, Maine, was arraigned on Sept. 11 in the slayings in Groton three days earlier.

BANGOR, Maine - A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border is due to be sentenced for money laundering.
Prosecutors say Gregory Logan, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle.
Narwhals are medium-sized whales known for spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet. They are protected by the U.S. and Canada.

Courtesy Portland Police Department

Portland Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in the Sept. 10 homicide of a homeless man.

Sunao Thomas Yamada, Jr., 54, was found dead on Temple Street near the city's Old Port early that morning, and police say they believe he was killed around 3:20 a.m.

Earlier, Yamada had been seen with a white male described as being between the ages of 25 and 35, about six feet tall, thin and with short dark hair, police say.

Police Failed To Protect Women From Man's Rampage, Suit Claims

Sep 18, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

Two victims of Anthony Lord’s July 2015 murderous rampage have claimed in a federal lawsuit that Maine State Police officers failed to protect them from Lord, who was sentenced last month to life in prison.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The University of Maine at Augusta will host a day to pay tribute to the memory of people who have been murdered.
The Maine Day of Remembrance will be held Monday, Sept. 25 at the Augusta campus and will feature multiple speakers and music. The Kennebec Journal reports that the families of homicide victims who attend are encouraged to bring a small framed photo of them for display at a memorial.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has filed a civil suit under the Maine Civil Rights Act against Jesse James Taylor in Portland Superior Court.

The case stems from an incident on July 29 when employees at Sisters Gourmet Deli in Portland called police after Taylor entered the premises and hurled abusive language and threats at the female employees there.

The incident was caught on tape.

“It’s more than name calling. It was threats — threats to kill people. There was a knife involved,” Mills says.

ROCKPORT, Maine - The father of a Maine man accused of killing three family members and a caregiver says he doesn't understand how his son could have committed such violence.
Orion Krause is charged with killing his mother, grandparents and their caretaker at his grandparents' Massachusetts home last week.
Alexander Krause tells The Boston Globe that his 22-year-old son was a "stellar student,'' who recently graduated from Oberlin College. Krause says the killings underscore the need to "pay more attention to mental health,'' but declined to elaborate.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine man accused of shooting a firearm into a neighbor's farm stand has pleaded not guilty, saying he was trying to scare off a rabid raccoon.

State police say 31-year-old Matthew Brigham was arrested Tuesday after neighbors reported seeing a man with a gun. The Kennebec Journal reports that he was arraigned Wednesday in Augusta on charges including reckless conduct.

On instruction from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office has sent a team to Claremont, NH, to assist in the investigation of an Aug. 28 incident in which an 8-year-old biracial boy was allegedly nearly hanged by a group of white teenagers.  

The teens are alleged to have thrown rocks at the boy and taunted him with racial slurs. He was treated for rope burns and cuts to his neck.

CARIBOU, Maine - An 81-year-old Florida man convicted of strangling his former neighbor to death in northern Maine is going to prison, likely for the rest of his life.
WAGM-TV reports that a judge on Tuesday sentenced Robert Craig of Clearwater, Florida, to 33 years in prison for murder.
Craig was convicted in July in the death of 86-year-old Leo Corriveau in his Presque Isle mobile home.

PORTLAND, Maine  — Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says that while the death of a homeless man early Sunday morning is still under investigation, there is no reason to believe that the public is at further risk in the case.

At a news conference Monday, Sauschuck said the body of  54-year-old  Sunao Thomas Yamada Jr.  was found near the city's Old Port, and the death has been ruled a homicide.

AYER, Mass. - Authorities say a baseball bat was found on the property of a Massachusetts home where officials say a recent college graduate killed his mother, his grandparents and a caregiver.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told reporters Monday that the bat "may have been used" in the killings Friday in Groton. Ryan said the victims appeared to have died of blunt force trauma.

CARIBOU, Maine - An 81-year-old Florida man convicted of strangling his former neighbor to death in northern Maine is due to be sentenced.
Robert Craig of Clearwater, Florida, was convicted in July in the death of 86-year-old Leo Corriveau in his Presque Isle mobile home.
His sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday in Caribou, Maine.
Authorities say Corriveau and Craig were neighbors in Clearwater, and that Craig was angry because Corriveau wouldn't give him money to help him return to Florida.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine judge has accepted a plea agreement in which a man who dismembered his father will be committed to a psychiatric center for treatment.
Leroy Smith III, the first detainee to be forcibly medicated under a state law, entered a plea that he was not criminally responsible to a reduced charge of manslaughter on Monday under an agreement reached between prosecutors and the defense before the start of his trial.
Justice Michaela Murphy accepted the plea and dismissed jurors.

Courtesy photo / via Associated Press

GROTON, Mass. - A not-guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a recent college graduate charged in the slayings of four people in a Massachusetts home.
Twenty-two-year-old Orion Krause, of Rockport, Maine, was ordered held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital pending a competency hearing at his arraignment on murder charges Monday in Ayer.
An elderly man and woman and two middle-aged women were killed Friday in Groton. No names have been released.