Courts and Crime

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) _ Maine's attorney general says a police officer was acting in defense of himself and others when he fatally shot a 66-year-old man in Windham.

Janet Mills says that Cumberland County Deputy Sherriff Nicholas Mangino was legally justified in using deadly force against Stephen McKenney in April.

Investigators say that Mangino and other officers reported to McKenney's home after his wife had called police to say her husband was suicidal.

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) _ A judge has rejected a request to set aside a conviction in the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant.

Craig Sanborn's attorney, Mark Sisti, questioned the testimony of a witness who may have embellished his own military record.

The Caledonian Record reports  Judge Peter Bornstein ruled Aug. 7 the defense is at fault for failing to obtain the military service record before trial. He said the evidence on which the motion is based is "not material'' to the case.

MANCHESTER, Maine — Authorities have identified the suspect in a Manchester pharmacy robbery earlier this month.

Police say 31-year-old Thomas Bourque of Belgrade robbed the Rite-Aid in town on Aug. 3.

Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office tells the Morning Sentinel that Bourque has a lengthy criminal record and is a well-known player in the area's illicit drug scene.

BANGOR, Maine — A 66-year-old Maine man police say claimed to have a grenade and a gun when he robbed a Hallowell bank in June has pleaded not guilty.

John Cecil Slater entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court and remains in custody.

Prosecutors say Slater, wearing a straw hat and sports coat, robbed a Bank of Maine branch on June 23, making off with $15,000.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man charged with beating a pregnant woman so severely that she required multiple surgeries has been held on $100,000 bail.

Joshua Cole made his first court appearance on Wednesday on charges including elevated aggravated assault following the alleged attack Monday morning.

Neither the 34-year-old Cole nor his lawyer commented on the charges. He remains jailed.

BELFAST, Maine (AP) _ A judge has accepted a recommendation from prosecutors and imposed a 50-year sentence on a Maine man who killed a woman and injured her son.

Todd Gilday chose not to address the judge before being sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in the killing 55-year-old Lynn Arsenault and the wounding of her 22-year-old son, Mathew Day.

Gilday was accused of forcing himself into a Belfast home and killing Lynn Arsenault while she was visiting her son.

RANGELEY, Maine — Rangeley police say they have charged a local man with stealing a $6,000 mountain bike and trying to sell it on Craigslist.

Chief Dennis Leahy says 18-year-old Randall Thompson is charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking.

Leahy tells the Sun Journal two mountain bikes were stolen from a local condominium complex on Aug. 1.

The owners, who were on vacation, said the bicycles had been locked on a bike rack on the back of a car. A three-eighths inch cable around the bicycles was cut.

OAKFIELD, Maine — Authorities in Maine have dismantled a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing lab in Aroostook County and arrested one person.

Police responded to the Oakfield home on Tuesday after getting a report that someone was trying to burn it down.

Responding officers found people inside who appeared to be under the influence of meth and a strong chemical odor.

The home was evacuated and the Maine Drug Enforcement team called in.

Agents say "a significant amount of evidence consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine" was recovered.

PORTLAND, Maine — A New York City man authorities say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills in Maine has pleaded guilty to related charges.

Andrew Cupidore pleaded guilty this week in federal court to passing counterfeit U.S. currency.

The 21-year-old Cupidore was arrested April 21 after an officer patrolling the Maine Mall in South Portland received a report from a store clerk that a girl had tried to spend what appeared to be counterfeit bill.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland woman awaits sentencing after being convicted of embezzling more than $330,000 from a Chinese company that planned to invest in a Baileyville paper mill.

Jody Flynn was convicted by a Cumberland County jury last week.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Flynn formed Greentree Renewable Energy Inc. to facilitate the mill's sale.

Authorities say she took a $500,000 investment and spent most of the money in 2009 and 2010 on her daughter's college tuition, a car, and jewelry.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and some lawmakers are raising concerns about Gov. Paul LePage's delay in signing off on a pay boost for assistant attorneys general.

The state budget called for a four percent raise for Maine's district attorneys, assistant district attorneys and assistant attorneys general.

Mills said Tuesday that LePage still hasn't authorized that raise for assistant attorneys general. She said they also haven't received a one percent boost that all state employees were supposed to get, starting July 1.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The State Board of Corrections has voted unanimously to ask lawmakers in January for an additional $2 million, as the state’s county jails continue to face budget problems from higher-than-projected costs and more inmates than estimated.

 

For weeks, the Board of Corrections and its staff have been hearing from county officials about the budget problems facing the jails. They got a supplemental appropriation to get through the budget year that ended June 30, but higher costs of operation, driven by more inmates are continuing in the new budget year.

The gun shots that killed a man involved in a standoff Sunday night with police in the Maine town of Mexico were not self-inflicted. That's according to the state Medical Examiner's Office.

Officials say an autopsy of Steven Piirainen, 52, of South Paris, showed that he died of gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.  Piirainen died in an exchange of gunfire after he allegedly stole a pickup truck in Paris, and then led police on a chase that ended at a convenience store in Mexico.  

BELFAST, Maine (AP) _ The husband of a woman shot to death in Belfast has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the perpetrator, who's due to be sentenced Wednesday.

Todd Gilday pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in the killing 55-year-old Lynn Arsenault and wounding of her 22-year-old son, Mathew Day. Under a plea deal, prosecutors are recommending a 50-year sentence.

James O'Connell, a lawyer for Donald Arsenault Jr. of Garland, said the civil lawsuit does not seek any specific damages.

MADISON, Maine (AP) _ A man reporting for a 48-hour jail sentence in Maine put some thought into his attire, wearing an orange T-shirt with his mug shot on it.

Robert Edward Burt of Pittsfield was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence in June and bailed out. He was later sentenced to 48 hours in jail.

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