Courts and Crime

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on crack cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Abdullahi Nur was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney's office says that the 26-year-old regularly brought crack cocaine from Boston to the Portland area, where he distributed it. Drugs were seized during two traffic stops in 2011 in which Nur was involved.

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine woman who police say was pushed off a cliff by her then-husband says their marriage was happy at first, but took a dark turn after they moved from Kansas to Maine.

WABI-TV reports Lisa Zahn, formerly Lisa Black, took the stand Wednesday in Rockland in the trial of Charles Black. He faces charges including attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault. Prosecutors say Black hit Zahn on the head with a rock before pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden Hills State Park in 2011.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A New Sharon teen has been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly stealing $50,000 worth of cash and jewelry from a Wilton home.

Eighteen-year-old Brian Durrell was indicted this week on charges of burglary and theft following his arrest in May.

Police Chief Heidi Wilcox tells the Sun Journal a juvenile has also been arrested.

The homeowners reported the loss April 30 after returning from vacation.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Gardiner man charged with killing and dismembering his father has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and will remain in a state psychiatric facility.

Leroy Smith III was scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court in connection with the May death of 56-year-old Leroy Smith Jr. inside the apartment they shared.

But his defense attorneys asked a judge to postpone the hearing and their motion was unopposed by prosecutors.

He is being held at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Maine woman who police say was pushed off a cliff by her then-husband is scheduled to testify in the man's trial.

Lisa Black is set to take the stand Wednesday in the trial of Charles Black. He faces charges including attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault.

PHILLIPS, Maine — Maine police say they have dismantled two Franklin County methamphetamine labs and arrested four people on charges of selling the drug.

Officials say they shut down the two labs on Tuesday in Phillips and Farmington. Maine Drug Enforcement Agents say the state has shut down 17 labs this year. They say the most in one year is 20.

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) _ Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of a former Camden resident accused of pushing his wife off a Maine cliff.
 
    Charles Black is charged with attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault. Opening statements will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Jury selection was Monday.
 
    Prosecutors say Black hit his wife on the head with a rock before pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden Hills State Park in April 2011. Lisa Black survived. They have since divorced.
 

WATERVILLE, Maine — Police say an Illinois man who took a bus to Maine to meet a woman he met playing an online game concocted a story about being abducted to gain the woman's sympathy.

Police say 30-year-old Randolph Patriakeas, of Pana, Illinois, was discovered lying face down on a Waterville street at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. He was blindfolded and had scratches on his upper body.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Maine mother of 13 authorities say tried to hire someone to kill her husband has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Wendy Farley was ordered to serve four months of a 10-year sentence after entering an Alford plea on Monday in Piscataquis County Superior Court to a charge of criminal solicitation.

An Alford plea means while she doesn't admit guilt, she acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.

Farley's trial on the charge in March ended in a mistrial.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Vassalboro man who fatally stabbed a longtime friend he claimed sexually abused him as a child has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Courtney Shea was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court to murder for the November slaying of 69-year-old Thomas Namer.

Namer's body was found near Shea's home. He had been stabbed three times through the neck and upper torso.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Gardiner man accused of killing and dismembering his father is set to appear in court.

Police say Leroy Smith III killed his father by stabbing him in the neck and using three knives to chop up his body before burying him in the woods. They say the killing occurred inside an apartment Leroy Smith Jr. shared with his son. The younger Smith will appear in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Smith's appearance on Tuesday is a status update on the case. He has entered a not guilty plea.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) _ A Maine woman is not contesting charges she tried to hire someone to kill her husband and has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
 
    WABI-TV reports Monday that Wendy Farley of Brownville entered an Alford plea to charges of criminal solicitation for allegedly offering someone several thousand dollars to kill her husband of 30 years in September 2012. The plea means she is admitting the evidence is sufficient for a potential conviction.
 

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) _ The trial of a former teacher accused of pushing his wife off a Maine cliff is set to begin with jury selection.
 
    The jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Rockland, Maine. Charles Black is charged with attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault.
 
    Prosecutors say the 71-year-old hit his wife on the head with a rock before pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden Hills State Park in April 2011. Fifty-five-year-old Lisa Black survived the fall. They have since divorced.

A man who spent three decades hiding out in the southern Maine town of Gorham after being convicted of three rapes in Massachusetts was sentenced today to nearly seven years in prison.  

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Police say a car rammed a Scarborough doughnut shop apparently in an effort to rob it.

Employees arriving for work at the Dunkin' Donuts on Thursday morning found that the studs at the back of the building had been pushed in and the vinyl siding damaged.

A review of security video showed images of a car ramming the building.

Police say the video showed images of a Toyota Camry shining its lights on the rear door of the building, then accelerating and hitting the building just to the side of the door.

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