Courts and Crime

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Maine lawmakers, youth advocates and the Department of Corrections are grappling with how best to reform the state's juvenile justice system. 

A grand jury in Knox County has indicted the owner of a former midcoast contracting business for theft by deception.

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey says he will file a civil rights complaint against a Portland man for an attack on an Asian-American woman and her 12-year-old daughter on March 15.

Maine State Police

Questions about whether the Maine State Police is allowing racial profiling to fester in its ranks escalated this week, with one state lawmaker calling for heightened scrutiny of recent arrests and of an award given to one particular officer.

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

In the annual State of the Judiciary address, given virtually to the Maine Legislature on Wednesday, Acting Chief Justice Andrew Mead says the courts have been challenged to cope with the effects of the pandemic, not only because of the need for social distancing and other protective measures but because of the growing backlog of criminal cases.

Police in Portland are investigating what appears to be a racially motivated attack.

The state medical examiner’s office has concluded that the man who took hostages and provoked a daylong armed standoff in Livermore Falls died after turning a gun on himself.

An hourslong hostage situation is continuing to unfold in Livermore Falls, where police say there was a break-in early Monday morning.

The Maine chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and state immigrants rights groups are suing federal authorities for more information about detainees held at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, including whether they are at a heightened risk of spreading COVID-19.

Pandemic Has Left Maine With A Surging Backlog Of Criminal Cases

Mar 1, 2021
Natalie Williams / Bangor Daily News

There are 10,000 more criminal cases awaiting a resolution in Maine than there were a year ago, but the increase has been most pronounced in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

Police have taken a 24-year-old man into custody and charged him with double homicide in the deaths of a Turner couple.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Kyle Fitzsimons, the Lebanon, Maine, resident arrested Thursday for his alleged role in the Capitol Hill riots last month, made his first appearance before a federal judge Friday afternoon.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

A man from Maine was arrested Thursday in connection with the deadly Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6.


Groups working to prevent domestic violence in Maine hope that the recent murder-suicide of a couple in the Franklin County town of New Sharon — and two other similar killings that happened in the couple’s family over the last 11 years — will serve as a reminder for residents to look out for signs of abusive behavior, particularly amid a pandemic that has only made it harder for victims to seek help. 

Former Portland developer Michael Liberty is among more than 140 people pardoned by former President Donald Trump.