Courts and Crime

Police in Maine say they've interviewed more than 100 people about a park brawl that led to a man's death.

Thirty-eight-year-old Donald Giusti died from injuries suffered in the June 12 fight in Lewiston. Police say Thursday they've been reviewing surveillance photos and evidence from the scene, in addition to interviewing dozens of people.

Police say they're also still reviewing the circumstances that led to the brawl, which they've characterized as a street fight involving teenagers.

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal prosecutors say a Maine ambulance company is entering into a settlement with the federal government and the state to resolve allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare.
U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank says County Ambulance of Ellsworth has agreed to pay nearly $17,000 in the civil settlement agreement. The company was accused of submitting the false claims to Medicare and MaineCare from January 2015 to April 2016.

Friends of a Maine woman who was stabbed to death outside a downtown Lewiston laundromat say she was stalked.

Police have charged 76-year-old Albert Flick with murder in the death of 48-year-old Kimberly Dobbie. Police say her 11-year-old twins witnessed the Sunday morning attack.

Two of Dobbie's friends tell the Sun Journal that Flick became upset and began stalking their friend when she turned down his romantic advances. It's not known if Flick has a lawyer. He's due for his first court appearance on Wednesday.

State police have arrested and charged 76-year-old Albert Flick of Auburn in the fatal stabbing of a woman in downtown Lewiston Sunday morning.

Police say 48-year-old Kimberly Dobbie was assaulted in front of a laundromat where she had been washing clothes with her twin 11-year-old sons who witnessed the attack. Bystanders tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived

To deter what they say is an "out-of-control" problem, Auburn Police are going to start posting online the mug shots of people who are arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Auburn Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen says that under its new zero tolerance policy people charged with shoplifting will be arrested, brought to jail and booked. Moen says once a week the mug shots will be posted on the department's Facebook page.

Among the vetoes overridden by Maine lawmakers Monday is one that supporters are calling a "significant victory for criminal justice reform." The Legislature is putting an end to the practice of automatic drivers' license suspensions for failing to pay fines for most non-driving-related violations.

Advocates for the poor have long complained that the current system punishes low income and rural Mainers with no access to public transportation most of all: failure to pay a fine for a criminal offense and your driver's license is automatically suspended.

Maine Police Force Debates How To Test For Dangerous Drugs

Jul 7, 2018
Bangor Daily News

A proposal by the Presque Isle police chief, urging cops to field test potentially lethal drugs with a chemical pouch, has stirred debate inside the department, after two high-ranking officers cited safety concerns over the widely discouraged practice.

Chief Matt Irwin informed the city’s 18-person department in an email sent late last month that officers should return to the department’s former practice of using “presumptive drug test pouches” to determine whether substances they seize during an arrest are, in fact, illegal drugs.

Maine’s Top Court Rules Prosecutors Can Stay On Carrillo Murder Case

Jul 4, 2018
Gabor Degre / BDN

Maine’s high court has decided that prosecutors shouldn’t be removed from the case of a mother accused in the beating death of her 10-year-old daughter.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court justices issued a decision Tuesday backing Waldo County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray’s ruling that Assistant Attorney Generals Leane Zainea and Donald Macomber should be allowed to continue prosecuting the case.

A federal judge has dismissed an Illinois man's lawsuit targeting L.L. Bean's new return policy.

The judge ruled that Victor Bondi failed to establish that he'd suffered a loss or was dissatisfied with the boots he bought in 2017 before the Maine-based retailer announced the return policy change.

The company says items purchased before Feb. 9, 2018, are not subject to the revised policy so long as there's proof of purchase. Going forward, there's a one-year limit for returns of most purchases.

GORHAM, Maine - A retired state trooper who's charged with selling cocaine and fentanyl is due in court.
Jeffrey Linscott, of Buxton, reached a plea deal in which he could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison on Monday in Superior Court in Portland.
Linscott was arrested in December after selling drugs to an informant.
He's charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine, and possession of fentanyl. Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid that's responsible for hundreds of overdose deaths in Maine.

State police in Maine say a standoff with a man who barricaded himself in his home has come to an end after the man fired several shots at police.

Police say Michael Grendell was taken into custody on Friday following the Dixmont standoff. They say he was being treated for injuries suffered at the end of the standoff.

Police say Grendell fired the shots Friday morning, but missed and hit an armed vehicle and robot.

Maine Public/file

The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Thursday to subpoena Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Ricker Hamilton after he failed to show up for questioning about his agency's response to an investigation into the state’s child welfare system and the death of two young girls.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Court documents say the Maine man accused of fatally shooting a county sheriff's deputy was present for his girlfriend's arrest by the same deputy just days before the shooting.

John Williams, of Madison, was a passenger in his own car driven by his girlfriend when Cpl. Eugene Cole pulled them over on the afternoon of Saturday, April 21.

The Morning Sentinel reports Williams has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the April 25 death of Cole, and is currently undergoing mental health examinations.

Police in Maine say someone broke into a parked Maine State Police cruiser and stole two firearms, including an assault-style rifle.

Steve McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says the thief stole a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and a state police-issued AR-15 rifle from a cruiser assigned to Trooper Jonathan Russell. The Portland Press Herald reports the theft occurred overnight June 16 while the vehicle was parked in the driveway of Russell's Norway home.

An affidavit says a Maine sheriff's deputy was on the ground when his attacker shot and killed him.

John Williams, of Madison, was charged in the April 25 death of Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Information from an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant Monday states that Williams described pulling away from Cole. Williams also pulled a pistol from his waistband. The affidavit also indicates that Cole retreated backward, tripped and fell to the ground.