A Bangor teen accused of killing his 3-month-old son has pleaded not guilty to Manslaughter. Dustin Brown, 18, was indicted by a Penobscot County Grand Jury on Wednesday. Brown pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday afternoon. Police say they were called to a house on Thatcher Street in Bangor on November 25th for a 3-month-old boy who was not breathing. An autopsy showed Xander Brown’s death was a homicide.According to court documents, Brown was alone with the baby, feeding him, when he walked out of the room and said to others in the house that Xander was unresponsive.”The state’s theory in the case as you can see from the affidavit in support of the probable cause in this case is that there was traumatic head injuries to the child,” said Assitant Attorney General Andrew Benson.Other family members home at the time told police they heard the baby crying, then a loud thud before the crying stopped.According to court documents, Brown confessed to the baby’s mother that when he was feeding Xander, the baby’s head hit his chin and he jerked the baby.Manslaughter is a Class A crime and if convicted, Brown faces a maximum of 30 years in jail. His bail is $50,000 cash or $100,000 surety.
A series of public forums about the state of the Maine lobster industry have been postponed.Meetings scheduled for today at the Jonesport fire station and the Machias Memorial High School and January 4th at the Gouldsboro Community Center hosted by the Maine Department of Marine Resources to discuss the state of the lobster industry will be re-scheduled due to unforeseen illness of a staff member.New dates and time for these meetings will be posted on the Department of Marine Resources website.For a full calendar of meetings, please visit www.maine.gov/dmr/lobsterindustry
A Bangor Man is in jail after reportedly breaking into a relative’s apartment.Bangor Police said 27-year-old Stephen Nason broke into a Bangor apartment on Wednesday.A female resident told police she found him passed on on her bathroom floor. The woman said when she woke him up, he attacked her – punching her in the face.Authorities believe Nason is related to the female victim.Sgt. Paul Edwards said police charged Nason with Burglary, Misdemeanor Assault and Refusing to Submit to Arrest. Nason is at the Penobscot County Jail.
The Maine Warden Service is resuming recovery efforts for the bodies of three snowmobilers in Rangeley Lake. Officials say they plan to be on the lake Thursday morning in search of three men who are thought to have accidentally ridden into open water Sunday night. A 44-year-old Yarmouth woman, riding separately, was also killed Sunday when she plunged into the lake. Wardens have recovered gloves and helmets believed to belong to the missing men, and say there are snowmobile tracks that lead to an unfrozen area near the middle of the lake. Hundreds of family and friends attended a vigil for the men Wednesday night at the Oxford Plains Speedway. Glenn Henderson of Sabattus, Kenneth Henderson of China, and John Spencer of Litchfield are presumed dead.
A Standish vacuum cleaner salesman has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he failed to pay $47,000 in taxes. Nathaniel Dupuis was arrested Saturday and arraigned Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court via video from jail. He told the judge he works for a business selling vacuum cleaners and he drives to New Hampshire each day to sell them because he’s been told he cannot collect taxes in Maine. The Kennebec Journal, reports that the 40-year-old Dupuis was freed on $5,000 bail. Dupuis is charged with theft by misapplication involving sales tax and withholding tax: intentional evasion of sales tax: and failure to collect, account for or pay over sales tax. The alleged offenses occurred between February 2006 and June 2008, according to court records.
The family of one of the three young men killed in a November plane crash at the Knox County Regional Airport has notified the county they may seek as much as $2 million in damages for what a lawyer called “the negligence of Knox County and its employees, agents or servants.” Attorney Steven Silin filed the notice with county commissioners on Dec. 20 on behalf of the estate of 24-year-old Marcelo Rugini, a University of Maine student from Brazil who was a passenger in the Cessna that crashed shortly after takeoff from the Owls Head airport. The notice does not mean that Silin will sue. The victims were members of the same UMaine fraternity. A county attorney tells The Portland Press Herald, he can’t comment until a lawsuit is filed.
It’s going to cost more to illuminate a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine than planned. The new Memorial Bridge is under construction and due to open this summer. Lighting estimates have increased from $80,000 to as much as $200,000. Peter Somssich, who heads a committee on the lighting, tells the Portsmouth Herald, the increase stems in part from the cost of bringing wiring and lighting to the top of the towers to allow downward lighting. The lighting also includes the center-span deck, which would only turn on when the bridge is raised and lowered. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it is not paying for the lights. Residents say they can raise the money by the end of March.
A judge in Maine has refused to dismiss charges against the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with running a prostitution ring from her dance studio. The judge Wednesday rejected Mark Strong Sr.’s motion to dismiss. The Portland Press Herald, reports Strong is now scheduled to go on trial Jan. 22 on charges of promotion of prostitution, violation of privacy and conspiracy to commit those crimes. The 57-year-old Thomaston businessman is accused of conspiring with Alexis Wright, whom authorities say ran a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk. Strong’s attorney filed the motion to dismiss on the grounds that authorities failed to turn over evidence to the defense as legally required: and investigators did not provide proper evidence in seeking warrants to search the studio. Neither the defense attorney nor prosecutors commented on the decision. Neither the defense attorney nor prosecutors commented on the decision.
Four days before the House and Senate are scheduled to return to the State House to get down to business for the 2013 session, the Appropriations Committee will be reporting for duty Friday – at leaders’ request. On its agenda is a $35.5 million curtailment order signed a week ago by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor said it’s needed to balance the state budget for year ending in June. Under the Republican governor’s order, the Department of Health and Human Services takes the biggest hit, $13.4 million, followed by the Department of Education. While the order kicks in immediately, it still faces legislative scrutiny because lawmakers must adjust the budget to reflect the cuts. Democrats say they have lots of questions, such as its impacts on education and public health.
Maine’s largest city is getting a new chief of a fire department that has 234 professional and civilian firefighters. Jerome LaMoria will be sworn in Thursday as the 14th fire chief for the city of Portland. LaMoria was unanimously confirmed by the Portland City Council Dec. 17. LaMoria’s father, Norman LaMoria, will pin on the new chief’s badge at the City Hall ceremony following his taking the oath of office. Norman LaMoria served Newfane, Vt., for 50 years as a firefighter and fire chief. Prior to joining the Portland Fire Department, Jerome LaMoria was training and exercise coordinator for the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security in Maryland.