The state supreme court has ordered a ruling on a convicted murderer’s request for DNA testing go back to a lower court.47-year-old Jeffrey Cookson is serving two life sentences for murder in Dexter in 1999.He was found guilty in 2001 of killing his ex-girlfriend, Mindy Gould, and the boy she was babysitting, 21-montho-old Treven Cunningham.Since then Cookson’s pushed for DNA testing on clothes and a wig allegedly worn by an alternative suspect.A judge rejected that request in 2009.
A lawsuit to return a controversial mural to the walls of the Department of Labor in Augusta continues to wind its way through court.Lawyers for the five people who’ve filed the lawsuit and lawyers for the state met with a federal judge in Bangor Tuesday to outline the next steps of the case.
A man who was shot two years ago during territorial and lobstering disputes off Matinicus Island has reached a settlement with the man that shot him.According to court documents, Christopher Young and Vance Bunker have come to an agreement.Terms of the settlement have not been released.Bunker testified he fired in self-defense.
The mother of a 10-year-old boy stabbed to death last year is asking for help from the public so she can get a headstone for her son’s grave.Jesse Ryan was one of three people stabbed to death last June in Amity.Jesse’s mother, Jamie Merrill of Lewiston has set up a fund at the Lewiston branch of the Bangor Savings Bank to take donations for the headstone.A trial is expected to be held this fall for the suspect charged with killing of Jesse, his father Jeffrey Ryan and family friend Jason Dehahn.The attorneys for suspect Thayne Ormsby say he wasn’t properly read his rights when he confessed to the killings in June.
Bangor police say a search warrant was interrupted by a woman who tried to remove evidence from the crime scene.Officers were searching an apartment on State Street last week to recover items that were stolen from a home on Broadway.Police were told the suspected burglar, 28-year-old Joshua Sparacio, was staying at the State Street apartment.During the search warrant, officers discovered he had been driving a stolen vehicle.Officers say 25-year-old Cassandra Alexander of Hampden asked if she could go inside the apartment to get her purse.
The state medical examiner’s office has ruled that the death of a Dover-Foxcroft man police say was killed Sunday night by his older brother, is a homicide.State Police say 20-year old Ryan Mayo was shot outside his home.An autopsy showed that Mayo died from a gunshot wound to his head and brain.His older brother, 22-year-old Steven Mayo, lives next door.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, have voted on a new agreement with the hospital.Tuesday night, union officials notified hospital administrators that they had endorsed the one-year contract put forth at last week’s bargaining session.EMMC’s Board of Trustees will take a look at the agreement Wednesday.
Officials with Baxter State Park say they expect the park will open later than usual this year.They say park roads are still covered by snow and ice in some areas and are estimating the opening of the campgrounds may be delayed until after the May 15th opening date.Deep snows could also delay the opening of Chimney pond, which is scheduled for June 1st.For more information, you can log onto their website at baxterstateauthority.com or call park headquarters at 207-723-5140.
The City of Bangor has announced plans for road construction this summer.It includes new pavement and curbing on Hammond Street from the Union Street intersection to Norway Road.If you’d like more information on this project the city is holding a public informational meeting.It’s set for 3:30p.m.
A bill to allow the sale of fireworks in Maine is still alive in the legislature.Members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted eight to five yesterday on a bill that would allow people 21 and older to buy fireworks from authorized stand-alone fireworks stores in Maine.Opponents say fireworks are too dangerous.Supporters believe it would be good to give the state more control over the sale and use of fireworks.The bill now heads to the full legislature for consideration.
Five protesters arrested during a rally against a wind project will not face any charges.More than thirty people gathered in Lincoln in November to protest First Wind’s turbine project slated for Rollins Mountain.Police took the five into custody, saying they were blocking trucks headed to a construction site and refused to leave.The state has since dropped all charges against them.Court documents say the state felt it was an unwise use of public funds to take them to trial.