A Lewiston woman is in trouble after police say she stabbed her boyfriend. Liberty West, 24, is charged with domestic violence aggravated assault.Police say she stabbed her boyrfriend in the back Sunday at their apartment. The man has been released from the hospital.
A Texas woman who suffocated her 6-year-old son in a New Hampshire motel room and left his body along a dirt road in Maine has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Forty-two-year-old Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas, spoke tearfully at her sentencing Friday, calling her son beautiful andbrilliant. She said he did not deserve what she had done to him. McCrery pleaded guilty in November to kneeling atop 6-year-old Camden Hughes as he laid face-down on their motel room floor. She told investigators she covered his mouth with her hand as he struggled to survive. The discovery of Camden’s body last May set off a nationwide effort to identify him. McCrery’s family members – including a son on leave from the Navy – attended the sentencing.
A Texas woman who suffocated her 6-year-old son in a New Hampshire motel room and left his body off a dirt road in Maine is expected to make a statement about the crime at her sentencing.The mother of 42-year-old Julianne McCreary told the Associated Press her daughter will make a statement before being sentenced to 45 years in prison on Friday.Julianne McCreary pleaded guilty in November to kneeling atop 6-year-old Camden Hughes as he laid face-down on their motel room floor. She told investigators she covered his mouth with her hand as he struggled to survive. Discovery of Camden’s body last May set off a nationwide effortto identify him.McCrery’s family members, including a son on leave from the Navy, will attend the sentencing.
Maine’s supreme court has upheld the conviction and two life sentences for a Biddeford man who shot two brothers outside his home in a late-night confrontation.Rory Holland maintained he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 19-year-old Gage Green and his 21-year-old brother, Derek, at about 1 a.m. on June 30, 2009.Among other things, Holland argued that the evidence at the trial was insufficient to disprove his claim of self-defense. He also claimed the judge rejected evidence that would have helped him.But the state supreme court ruled Thursday that the trial judge committed no error in conducting the trial or in imposing the sentence. The trial was moved to Bangor because of pre-trial publicity.
Some Central Maine Power customers continue their fight against smart meters.They’ve filed an appeal with the Maine Supreme Court after the public utilities commission dismissed their complaint.The group says smart meters can create health problems and are an invasion of privacy because of the information they collect.CMP says smart meters are safe, cut energy use and let utilities more quickly pinpoint problems during power outages.The PUC lets CMP customers opt out of using smart meters, providing they pay an extra $12 per month.
State police are hoping a $40,000 reward will bring in tips that lead them to the person who killed a Woodland man nearly four years ago.The body of 56-year-old Darrel Smith was found by his wife in February 2008 inside the small sawmill he operated adjacent to his home in northern Maine.Police say he had been robbed, then shot. Smith’s wallet was taken and a safe was missing from the residence.Detective Sgt. John Cote,tells the Bangor Daily News,there have been no substantial developments in the past year, but hopes the reward will bring in information.Cote says police have always believed the killer or killers were familiar with the sawmill, which was a cash only business and relied on word of mouth for customers.
Police say a man attending his son’s basketball game at a Maine elementary school went to the cafeteria and stole $40 in student lunch money.Police say 46-year-old Christopher Cope of Dresden told them that he needed the money to buy kerosene to heat his home.Authorities say Cope was at the Hall-Dale Elementary School in Hallowell on Jan. 4 for the high school game when he went to the kitchen area and took the money.Police told the Kennebec Journal that school employees noticed the money was missing on Monday. Cope was identified through video surveillance and charged Tuesday.He has been summoned to court next month to face theft charges. It was not clear if he has a lawyer. (The Associated Press, The Kennebec Journal).
Maine police have seized nearly 1,000 prescription painkillers from a Portland woman they say was trying to sell them on the streets.Police say 23-year-old Brianna Roberts was ordered held on $20,000 property or $5,000 cash bail after her initial court appearance on Monday on a charge of trafficking Oxycodone.Maine drug agents and Portland Police arrested Roberts on Friday following complaints of suspected drug activity. A search of a home turned up 998 Oxycodone pills hidden on her body as well as 19 grams of suspected cocaine in a bedroom packaged for resale with an estimated street value of $1,900.(The Associated Press)
Their January cleanup complete, Occupy Maine protesters are holding a “grand re-occupation” of Lincoln Park.Sunday’s event follows a cleanup in the Portland park where demonstrators have camped out since Oct. 3.Jennifer Rose, one of the demonstrators, told the Portland PressHerald, that the weekend cleanup was focused on clearing away unoccupied tents and refurbishing the area, in preparation for Occupy protesters making their way by bus from Florida.The newspaper says protesters took down unoccupied tents, stacked unclaimed blankets and piled up discarded pillows and mattresses on Saturday.The group aims to call attention to growing economic disparity in the U.S. The city has ordered the protesters to leave the park, but they’re suing to stay put.(The Associated Press)
State fire investigators are looking into a chimney fire at the former Carriage House CafÃ© in Livermore.It happened Tuesday night. The owner of the building reported it.Fire crews were on scene until after midnight.No injuries were reported.
A New Hampshire man convicted of murdering his fiancee in her home in Maine is asking for a new trial.An attorney for Jason Twardus says the state of Maine failed to provide his client with evidence that might have implicated another man in the strangulation death of Kelly Gorham, 30, in 2007.In August, Twardus was sentenced to 38 years in prison for her murder.Gorham’s body was found on property owned by Twardus’s father. Prosecutors deny they withheld any evidence.
A nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is closing to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Monday, Jan. 9, as contractors get ready to demolish it for a replacement.Electronic message boards are in place at the bridge advertising the pending closure. The bridge was closed to motor vehicle traffic in July.The Memorial Bridge project will replace the bridge that carries U.S. Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. Archer Western Contractors of Canton, Massachusetts will be the general contractor for the $81.4 million project.The Portsmouth Herald reports that a new, daily shuttle bus service between Portsmouth and Kittery will start on Jan. 9. A website will be available later this week including a shuttle route map and full schedule. (The Associated Press, The Portsmouth Herald).
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an explosion in Farmington.No one was reported hurt as a result of the explosion reported after 9 p.m. on Monday.Police responding to Bailey Hill Road found remains of the device in the road. A bomb squad was called in and they determined there was no additional threat.The reported explosion took place near a pasture and there were no homes nearby. The road was temporarily closed during the investigation. There are no suspects at this time. (The Associated Press).
A Maine timber management company is offering to donate a privately owned parcel around picturesque Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park.Huber Resources Corp. of Old Town says it will give the land free of charge. The Bangor Daily News says the exact size of the property wasn’t immediately available, but is estimated to be 90 to 160 acres.The offer comes more than five years after Baxter State park officials accepted the deed to about 4,000 acres surrounding Katahdin Lake. But that deal didn’t include two small parcels that remained privately owned, the larger of which is owned by Huber Resources.The Baxter State Park Authority will vote Jan. 12 on whether to accept the donation. (The Bangor Daily News, The Associated Press).
An SUV hit a tree in Bowdoin saturday morning.Police say the driver, Andrew Klaiber, 46, of Topsham, was killed.Witnesses told police Klaiber had been driving erratically.
Five people died on Maine roads in less than 24 hours over the weekend.Carlton Norwood, 25, of Pittston and Dennis Kay, 62, of Gardiner were killed when the van they were in crashed along Route 201 in Gardiner.A third person in the van was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Police believe an icy road and speed contributed to the crash.
The operators of a medical marijuana dispensary that’s about to open in Portland say the site will not feature a “vapor lounge.”That’s an area where patients can inhale marijuana while avoiding the irritating and potentially cancerous effects of smoking.The facility’s operator, Wellness Connection of Maine initially planned to feature such a lounge.After state officials raised concerns, Wellness of Maine changed its plans.
Portland plans to install parking meters that take debit and credit cards in addition to coins. The city will pay $150,000 for 18 of the devices and install them next spring.
Wednesday’s gusty winds knocked down power lines throughout Maine.They also toppled a shed in North Berwick, causing an external fuel tank to fall over, spilling about 200 gallons of kerosene.Crews from the Department of Environmental Protection are removing contaminated soil. The DEP says there’s no threat to public drinking water, surface water or wetlands.
There was another meeting in Aroostook County Wednesday on the governor’s proposed supplemental budget.Tuesday a standing room only crown packed together to talk about it in Fort Kent with Governor LePage in attendance.Wednesday folks gathered at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.Again, much of the focus was on the governor’s proposed medicaid cuts.The governor did not attend Wednesday’s meeting but his senior health policy advisor, Katrin Teel, was there and got an earful.”The governor was not able to be here today because of a scheduling conflict but my role here is to represent the governor’s office and most importantly to hear what the people had to say to hear what were their concerns, what were their needs what were their questions, to gather this information and speak with legislators who we’ve been communicating with and see what do people feel, what do they need, what do they hope for and what can we do,” said Teel.The governor says he’s always willing to listen to Mainers’ views.He says difficult decisions have to be made to balance the budget and help the state move forward.