Courts and Crime

An attorney for the family of a Maine teenager killed during a high-speed police chase in December plans to file suit against the officer involved and the town of Rockport for negligence, according to the Bangor Daily News. A second teen was also killed in that accident.

Courtesy Portland Police Department

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of a city man and the wounding of another late Tuesday. Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says he believes the suspect does not pose a threat to the general public.

"The individuals knew each other, in the sense that our suspect was there for a reason, and the unfortunate reason, in this particular case, was violence. So we do believe that he showed up at a specific apartment at a given time. But I won't speak to the relationship above and beyond that."

Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley
Portland Press Herald

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says Maine needs more alternatives to incarceration if the state wants to stem the rising numbers of drug prosecutions that are clogging courtrooms.

PORTLAND, Maine - The state's drug crisis was the focus of Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley's annual State of the Judiciary address. "The wave of drug addictions in Maine is eating at the heart of our beautiful state," Saufley told a joint session of the Maine Legislature.  And she said there is no easy solution.

"What is all too clear to all of us is that, because of the causes and cures for addiction are as varied as they are for any disease, no cookie cutter solution will work."

ALFRED, Maine — Maine officials say a former oil dealer who took payments from customers without providing their heating fuel should be forced to sell his $400,000 home and boat to pay restitution.

Nicholas Curro III was found guilty in 2008 of violating state law. The state Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to order Curro to start making payments.

Authorities say Curro sold pre-paid fuel plans to York County customers in 2007, but had no fuel when it was time to start filling customers’ tanks.

BANGOR, Maine _ Philip Scott Fournier is being held without bail after his first court appearance following his arrest in connection with the death of an East Millinocket girl more than 35 years ago.

State Police say the 55-year-old Fournier killed 16-year-old Joyce McLain, who had disappeared in 1980 while jogging. Her body was found two days later behind a school in her hometown.

Fournier was arraigned Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. A judge ordered him held without bail pending a hearing that was not scheduled.

Maine State Police

Maine State Police say it’s one of the longest murder investigations that has ever resulted in an arrest in Maine.

Thirty-six years after the killing 16-year-old Joyce McLain in East Millinocket, Philip Scott Fournier, 55, has been charged with her murder. Fournier had previously been identified as a person of interest in her death.

McLain disappeared while jogging on a trail in August 1980. Her partially clothed body was found two days later along a power line near Schenck High School. Police say she had been bludgeoned to death.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court has upheld the robbery conviction of a man who was stripped of his right to a court-appointed attorney because he couldn't get along with five previous lawyers.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that Joshua Nisbet willfully waived his right to counsel through his behavior, which included threats. It also found that Nisbet's actions proved detrimental to justice, and that the judge had no lesser alternative.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A University of New England professor is suing the college, alleging officials took away some of her teaching duties and responsibilities after she accused her department chairman of sexual harassment.

The Portland Press Herald reports associate professor Lara Carlson is accusing the Biddeford-based private university of violating her civil rights under Title IX, a federal law.

BANGOR, Maine - An Aroostook County couple have been arrested for the second time in less than a year on charges related to the making of methamphetamine. 

"This latest lab was discovered when MDEA agents went to this cabin to check on the bail conditions of a young man who was arrested last year for making methamphetamine," says Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

McCausland says the cabin in Ludlow contained components to make a new batch of meth. "Also inside was the young man, his girlfriend and her mother."

BANGOR, Maine  — A Maine judge has imposed a life prison sentence on a Bangor man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend in November 2013.

Zackery Mailloux asked the judge Wednesday to sentence him to life in prison and the judge obliged with the maximum penalty for murder in Maine. Justice Michaela Murphy described the details of the case as "chilling."

Bangor police found the body of 21-year-old Brooke Locke while responding to a complaint of domestic violence.

Somebody shot up some fiber-optic cable in Gorham early Monday morning, local police say. The apparent act of vandalism left an unknown number of Mainers at least temporarily without telephone and Internet service, and authorities are investigating.

The fiber-optic cable in question is owned by a company called Maine Comm, a subsidiary of Central Maine Power. CMP spokesman John Carroll says an investigation is underway.

“Our security team is working with local police in Gorham as well as state police and federal officials, the FBI, in an investigation of this,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine  — A judge has denied bail for a Maine man charged with killing his wife, but indicated she may be open to revisiting bail as the case develops.

Justice Michaela Murphy opened the door to a bail hearing last week when she concluded there was nothing in a police interview with the couple's 8-year-old girl to suggest she heard her parents arguing before her father shot and killed her mother.

ROCKLAND, Maine - Singer Don McLean is pleading not guilty to additional charges stemming from his domestic violence case in Maine.

The "American Pie" singer didn't appear in court during a proceeding related to the case Monday. The Knox County district attorney's office added five charges against McLean last week, bringing the total to six.

McLean's attorney has entered not-guilty pleas to all six charges, including domestic violence assault. Police arrested McLean on Jan. 18.

Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley has received the unanimous recommendation of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee for another 7-year term as head of the judicial branch of Maine government.

She told lawmakers all three branches of government need to work together to address major issues.

“In the upcoming months and years, we must all work together to address the challenges presented by domestic violence, human trafficking and the horrific increase in heroin use and drug addiction,” Saufley says.