Courts and Crime

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.

AUBURN, Maine - Kidnapping charges against a Maine man have been dismissed after prosecutors reviewed surveillance video that disproved the accuser's claims.
The Sun-Journal reports that Assistant District Attorney Andrew Matulis filed a dismissal of all charges against 41-year-old Joshua Brown, of Rumford, on Tuesday. Brown faced multiple charges including kidnapping and unlawful sexual contact.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Jury selection is getting underway in the murder trial of the first person in Maine to be forced to take psychiatric medication to restore his mental capacity.
Two days have been set aside for jury selection in the trial of Leroy Smith III.
Opening statements will be delivered on Monday, after the jury is seated.
Smith was required to take medication under a 2015 law that aims to restore the mental capacity of defendants so they can participate in their own defense.

PORTLAND, Maine - A former Maine machinists union official at Bath Iron Works who acknowledged embezzling $280,000 from the union has pleaded guilty.
Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Portland. The Portland Press Herald reports he will be sentenced at a later date.
Jones was secretary-treasurer when he allegedly made 199 unauthorized withdrawals from the bank account of Local S6 of the machinists union in Bath.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — An autopsy shows the shooting death of a 5-year-old girl at her grandparents’ home was accidental: The child had picked up her father’s gun and shot herself in the head.

The state Medical Examiner’s office released its results Wednesday in the case of Elise Dorr of Belfast, who died Monday.

Police said the .45-caliber handgun was owned by her father, Todd Dorr, and was in a backpack in a bedroom where the two were located.

A District Court judge has found Laurie Young guilty of failing to yield to a 13-year-old boy crossing the street in Lewiston last November, the Sun-Journal reports.

Jayden Cho-Sargent was killed when Young hit him with her pickup truck.

The guilty verdict is for a civil violation, so there's no possibility of jail time. Judge Rick Lawrence sentenced Young to a three-year loss of license and a $3,000 fine. Of that fine, $2,000 can be satisfied by 200 hours of community service.

NEWTON, N.H. - New Hampshire's attorney general is going to be discussing the case of a man who led Massachusetts state troopers on a 40-mile, hour-long car chase into New Hampshire, where he was killed in a shootout.
Michael Brown, of Presque Isle, Maine, died of a gunshot wound to the neck in June in the town of Newton, just across the state line.
Authorities say police in Malden, Massachusetts, pursued Brown. They recognized he was wanted in Maine in connection with sexual assault, firearms and stolen motor vehicle charges.

PORTLAND, Maine - Police in Maine have recaptured an inmate who escaped while at a work release job.
Authorities say Cumberland County Jail inmate Larry Paul Goodwin walked away from his work release job in Portland around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says deputies and Westbrook police apprehended Goodwin Tuesday evening at a Portland apartment complex.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement officials don't have to show what specifically distracted a driver who caused a fatal chain-reaction crash.

Thomas Palmer testified that he "looked up'' to see a car stopped in the road before the crash on U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich in August 2015. His truck smashed into a car that was forced into a van, which collided with an SUV. A passenger in the van died.

The trial judge who convicted Palmer of two driving violations concluded he was distracted.

BURNHAM, Maine - The state medical examiner's office says a 72-year-old Maine woman died from a heart attack after a naked trespasser jumped into bed with her during a home invasion.
The Morning Sentinel obtained a medical examiner's report saying Joyce Woods suffered from coronary artery disease and died of shock during the April home invasion.
Thirty-six-year-old Tara Shibles was indicted in May on manslaughter, aggravated criminal trespassing and assault charges. Her trial is tentatively set for December.

Husband of Woman Killed in Saco Shaw’s Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Aug 16, 2017
CBS13 / via Bangor Daily News

The husband of the woman killed two years ago in the ice cream aisle of the Shaw’s supermarket in Saco has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in Portland alleging the company needs to do more to protect customers.

Wendy Boudreau, 59, of Saco died Aug. 19, 2015, after she was attacked from behind by Connor S. MacCalister, who slit Boudreau’s throat.

MacCalister, now 33, of Saco first saw Boudreau in the grocery store parking lot and followed her into the grocery store before attacking her, the affidavit filed in the criminal case said.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Prisoners, mental health advocates, children’s advocates and families of those incarcerated are urging the Maine Department of Corrections not to do away with contact visits in county jails.