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    July 29, 2016

    Warren man charged with aggravated assault against two

    A 47-year-old Warren man was arrested July 28 after he injured a woman’s finger and then attacked a man attempting to help her, according to police. Bail was set at $25,000 cash July 29 at David Atwood’s initial appearance hearing. As he is facing felony charges, he did not enter pleas to two counts of aggravated assault, domestic violence aggravated assault and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Defense …

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    July 28, 2016

    Woman to repay state $53,000 for welfare fraud

    A 42-year-old Jefferson woman was sentenced to serve six months in jail for bilking state welfare programs of $53,000. Kelly Mann was indicted in April for theft by deception and two counts of unsworn falsification for lying on applications for state welfare programs MaineCare and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, commonly known as food stamps, from August 2007 to July 2015. The full sentence is four years in …

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    July 28, 2016

    Man gets one year in prison for sex assault reported 10 years later

    A 29-year-old Waldoboro man pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from the sexual assault of a child 10 years ago. Jessie J. Gehrmann was arrested in March and charged with three counts of gross sexual assault and three counts of unlawful sexual contac for reportedly assaulting a then-6-year-old victim, who is now 16. The defendant pleaded to one count of gross sexual assault and one count of unlawful sexual …

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    July 28, 2016

    Inmates train dogs while learning patience and love

    Nine hundred sixteen inmates live within the confines of the Maine State Prison, a concrete expanse built in 2001. The K9 Corrections program, where prisoners work as dog trainers for a local shelter, helps bring normalcy and a sense of home to the facility. The dogs, ranging in age, breed and experience, help soften the severity of their trainers’ reality, teaching patience and love. “It’s heartening; they’ve …

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    July 27, 2016

    Environmentalists speak against natural gas as a bridge fuel

    Environmentalists gathered in Rockland July 27 to speak against natural gas as a clean bridge fuel to renewable energy sources, citing a new report that claims the lifecycle of natural gas undercuts its climate benefits. Andy Jones, a community organizer with Toxics Action Center, a New England-based public health nonprofit, said his organization is also represented in Connecticut and Vermont, and works with …

  • Published
    July 26, 2016

    Intruder shot by resident to serve four years

    Christopher Wildhaber, the 46-year-old man shot and injured after attempting to steal prescription medication from a disabled man, admitted to the slew of charges against him and will serve at least four years in prison. Wildhaber, through an Alford plea July 26, admitted to charges of burglary, attempting to steal drugs and three counts of refusing to submit to arrest. In an Alford plea, a defendant denies …

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    July 25, 2016

    Weddle seeks new attorney, says state offered 20-year plea deal

    In a letter to Judge Susan Sparaco dated July 17, a truck driver accused of manslaughter stemming from a fatal collision in March requests a new court-appointed attorney and says the state offered him a plea deal of 20 years in prison. Randall J. Weddle, 54, of Greeneville, Tenn., writes of the severity of the charges against him, and says he has met with attorney David Paris of Bath twice since his incarceration …

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    July 22, 2016

    Friendship man pleads guilty to assault, animal cruelty

    A Friendship man will serve 30 days in jail after admitting to domestic violence assault and animal cruelty charges July 21. Jonathan Sevon was arrested in January after two witnesses said he fought with a woman, loaded a handgun in the process, and then began beating the woman’s dog when she left the house. According to police reports filed in court, Sevon and the woman began arguing, and Sevon got a handgun, …

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    July 21, 2016

    McLean pleads guilty to domestic violence charges

    A 70-year-old Camden man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a night six months ago when he restrained and abused a woman who said in a statement the defendant’s violent temper has taken away 30 years of her life. Donald McLean pleaded guilty July 21 to misdemeanor counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief, and criminal restraint in Knox County Unified …

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    July 21, 2016

    Man nets jail time for beating victim nearly to death

    A 22-year-old Warren man was sentenced to serve eight months in jail July 21 after he pleaded no contest to beating a man unconscious in November 2014. Dalton Cross was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault, but one charge was amended to simple assault, a misdemeanor, upon completion of a 12-month deferred disposition. The second count was dismissed. The defendant was also convicted of criminal …

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