Courts and Crime

AUGUSTA, Maine - A judge says a Maine teenager charged with killing his parents will face murder charges as an adult.
Andrew Balcer is accused of stabbing Alice and Antonio Balcer to death a year ago. He was 17 at the time and turns 19 next month.
Judge Eric Walker issued an order on Thursday saying Andrew Balcer should face the charges in the adult system. He also certified the case to go forward to a grand jury.

BLACKVILLE, New Brunswick — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is advising people who stole live lobsters from a crash site in New Brunswick that the critters might be contaminated and shouldn't be eaten.

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawyer for a Portland landlord convicted of violations following a deadly apartment fire is running short on time to continue his appeal.

A woman who successfully sued a Camden realty corporation for racial housing discrimination says she hasn’t seen a penny in court-awarded damages yet.

The woman’s nonprofit legal team is taking the relatively unusual step of forcible collection. The defendants deny any wrongdoing, and say the legal action has created a burden that is ruining their lives.

PORTLAND, Maine - A friend of a 16-year-old girl killed in Maine in 1989 says police ignored his tip that an unidentified man had threatened her the day before because detectives had already homed in on another man, who is now fighting to have his conviction overturned.
The Portland Press Herald reports Robert Miller testified Thursday that he tried three times to tell detectives he had heard someone threaten to kill Jessica Briggs. He says the lead detective told him they already had their suspect.

Winthrop Teenager Accused Of Killing Parents Felt Repressed At Home

Oct 26, 2017
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A Winthrop teenager accused of killing his parents and the family dog last Halloween was struggling with gender identity and relt repressed at home, according to court testimony Wednesday.

Dr. Debra Baeder, Maine’s chief forensic psychiatrist, said she examined Andrew Balcer four times since police charged him with two counts of murder in the deaths of Alice and Antonio Balcer, both 47, at their Winthrop home.

A 26-year-old Bucksport man is in custody after a Wednesday evening shooting incident that injured two men.

Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan said the incident took place around 8:30 p.m. near an apple orchard parking lot off Route 46 and that Cory Turcotte has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident.

“Two subjects were taken to the Eastern Maine Medical Center with gunshot wounds,” Geagan said. “The case was investigated by the Bucksport Police Department, the Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.”

GROTON, Mass. - Documents have revealed a timeline of disturbing calls to first responders in the days before a recent college graduate was charged with fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat.
The Boston Globe reports the mother of 22-year-old Orion Krause called 911 Sept. 7 worried that he was suicidal after he abruptly left the home.

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The former state prosecutor who won a murder conviction against Anthony Sanborn 25 years ago was in court Friday to defend her work. Former Assistant Attorney General Pam Ames denied wrongdoing in the decades-old case that is now the subject of a hearing that could set Sanborn free.

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The Maine Department of Corrections has finalized a rule that allows individual sheriffs to decide whether or not they’ll allow contact visits between prisoners and their friends and loved ones.

The policy comes as a disappointment for prisoner advocates, who were hoping the DOC would require contact visits consistent with correctional best practices.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage against Attorney General Janet Mills. At issue was Mills’ refusal to pay for LePage’s legal costs to weigh in on the federal battle over President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

When he filed the lawsuit last spring, LePage told the court he believed Mills must either represent him in the federal courts or pay for the attorneys he would use to make his arguments. Mills responded that she had no obligation to represent the governor and cited past court opinions to back her up.

Despite Drug Epidemic, Maine Crime Fell In 2016

Oct 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine - Despite the drug epidemic, the Maine Department of Public Safety says crime in the state dropped 8.7 percent last year, for the fifth consecutive annual drop.
Public Safety Commissioner John Morris said Wednesday he's encouraged, but still concerned about drugs that are "the driving force'' behind most crime.
The crime stats show arson increased 130 percent, rape nearly 3 percent and aggravated assaults about 9 percent. But other categories were down: Robberies, burglaries, thefts, simple assaults, car thefts and domestic violence.

PORTLAND, Maine - A key witness says he lied during the 1992 trial of a man who spent 27 years in prison in Maine for a murder conviction in the killing of his teenage girlfriend.
The Portland Press Herald reports Glenn Brown told the court Tuesday he lied when he testified he saw Anthony Sanborn with a knife the night before the killing looking for 16-year-old victim Jessica Briggs. Brown says he lied because he was nervous about the police and jail.
Justice Joyce Wheeler had told Brown he could face perjury charges if he recanted.

LIMERICK, Maine - Maine police say a teenager is charged with multiple counts of burglary after he acknowledged stealing women's underwear from multiple homes.
York County Sheriff William King Jr. said Sunday they first received reports of three burglaries in Limerick on Sept. 30. Police say a woman told them she saw someone peeping in her windows.

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A man who has spent nearly 30 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit was in Cumberland County Court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether he can go free.