Maine: Fatal Millinocket home invasion guilty plea and two arrested re: Auburn Overdose

Wayne Lapierre died at a hospital three days after the home invasion, and his wife survived her injuries.

BANGOR, Maine — A man who was charged along with two others in a fatal home invasion in Maine has pleaded guilty.

44-year-old Tony Locklear entered his plea Tuesday to intentional or knowing murder, aggravated assault and robbery.

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His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

Prosecutors say Locklear, his 22-year-old daughter, Alexis Locklear, and her boyfriend, 39-year-old Christopher Murray, shot Wayne Lapierre and his wife, Diem, at their home in Millinocket in December 2017.

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Wayne Lapierre died at a hospital three days later, and his wife survived her injuries.

Authorities say Wayne Lapierre was targeted because he was a licensed medical marijuana grower who owned multiple businesses.

Alexis Locklear is expected to change her plea Jan. 22. Murray’s trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 28.


Two men arrested in suspected heroin overdose death

Kevin Camp, 41, of Auburn and Frank Lynch, 33, of Leeds are charged with drug trafficking that is expected to be elevated to aggravated trafficking once the autopsy for man is finalized.

AUBURN, Maine — Police have arrested two men and charged them with drug trafficking after another man died Sunday morning.

Auburn Police say they were called to a home on Riverside Drive for an unresponsive man around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Police say crews tried to save the 29-year-old man but he did not respond to CPR and other life-saving efforts.

Police believe the man died of a heroin drug overdose which launched an investigation that led officials to the home of Kevin Camp at 26 Fifth Street in Auburn. Police found 10 grams of heroin at Camp’s home and other drug-trafficking evidence.

Camp, 41, of Auburn and Frank Lynch, 33, of Leeds were arrested and charged with drug trafficking and violation of conditional release.

Police say the drug charges for both men are expected to be elevated to aggravated trafficking once the Medical Examiner’s Office has finished the autopsy of the man who they suspect overdosed.

Death of 19-year-old Alexie Adams: Six men plead guilty to providing a place for minors to consume alcohol

On the night of Alexie’s death by alcohol, she attended three parties starting around 8:30 p.m. Adams drank alcohol at all of the parties which were hosted by the six men who appeared in court Thursday.

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In a Bangor courtroom, prosecutors detailed the night 19-year-old Alexie Adams was found dead in a snowbank in Orono last year after a night of heavy drinking.

Six men who were UMaine students hosted parties where Adams drank alcohol on the night of her death. The six all pleaded guilty to charges in court on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

On the evening of Feb. 3, 2018, Adams attended three parties beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Prosecutors say Adams drank alcohol at all of the parties that were hosted by the six men who appeared in court Thursday.

The first defendant, Matthew Greenlaw, hosted the first party Adams attended. He pleaded guilty to knowingly providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

Greenlaw was sentenced to a  $500 fine.

The second defendant, who hosted the second party, was Blake Bickford. Bickford was also charged with knowingly providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

Prosecutors say Bickford was the defendant that complied best with police, offering a voluntary interview and allowing police to take photos of the aftermath of his party in the early days of the investigation.

Prosecutors also say Bickford was very remorseful for his actions.

Prosecutors said there was also a 16-year-old at his apartment the night of Adam’s death.

Bickford will be sentenced to a fine of $1,220 to be paid by March 1. Bickford will spend the next few months speaking with high school seniors about the consequences of consuming alcohol.

“All I can say is my deepest remorse. I wish there was more I could have done that night to prevent what happened.” He said.

Christopher Dionne, Trevor Carter, Tristian Harvie and Ethan Smith also pleaded guilty to knowingly providing a place for minors to consume alcohol. They were the hosts of the third and final party of the night.

There were minors at this party as well, some as young as 15-years-old.

Prosecutors showed video from the party of Alexie Adams and others saying how intoxicated they were.

Dionne, Carter, Harvie and Smith were all given 50 hours of community service and a fine between $1,500 and $1,700.

Carter says that the incident has caused him a lot of anxiety but he wants to be a positive role model moving forward.

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Judge Andersen said in Penobscot County District Court that the UMaine Students were not responsible for providing alcohol and cocaine to Alexie Adams and were not responsible for her death.

They were responsible for providing a place for minors to drink alcohol.

Maine: Lawrence High School students make blankets for hospice patients, and the Good Shepherd Food Bank gets $33,000.

Students in Lawrence High School’s JMG program will make more than 35 blankets to be donated to hospice patients in the Waterville area

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This holiday season, Mainers in hospice care will be receiving a gift, but it will be coming from someone they have never met.

The students in the Lawrence High School’s “Jobs for Maine’s Graduates” program, also known as JMG, are making blankets that will be donated to hospice patients in the Waterville area.

“I think this project is great. I think it gives people in the home comfort and just a little something extra for the holidays,” said Rilee Bessey, a junior at Lawrence High School.

Student plan to make more than 35 blankets to be donated. They are also making holiday cards to be distributed to the patients.

“My students are always looking for ways to give back. They really care about others and doing more things in our community to help those in need,” said JMG specialist at Lawrence High School Katherine Wood.

The students in Wood’s JMG class have worked more than 500 hours doing community service in 2018.

“Understand that not everybody has what you may have,” said Lawrence High School junior Bryson Dostie. “Everybody needs to get a little bit of something around the holidays,” Dostie added.

JMG is program across Maine in 131 schools. The organization’s students worked more than 30,000 hours this year doing community service projects.

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Maine’s largest hunger relief organization receives final installment of $100,000 promise!
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The Good Shepherd Food Bank received a check for $33,000 from the Maine Credit Union League to complete a three-year contribution to the food bank

The largest hunger relief origination in Maine now has in its hands, the final part of a $100,000 promise of support.

The donation comes from the Maine Credit Union League who promised in 2016 to provide the food bank with $100,000. Today the MCUL presented a check for $33,000 at the George J. Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville. The Good Shepherd Food Bank donates goods to the school’s food pantry.

At an assembly Wednesday morning, students in the school shared essays in front of their classmates about what the school’s food pantry means to them.

“To hear from students who are seeing it in their classmates and some of them likely experiencing themselves, I think that really hits home,” said Ethan Minton, the Good Shepherd Major Gift Officer.

The George J. Mitchell school food pantry has received more 60,000 meals worth of food from Good Shepherd since 2013.

“It helps highlight how much of a community effort this is and how aware people are of the hunger problem in the state of Maine and what people can do to help alleviate that problem,” said Tim Brooks, the Vice President of Corporate Marketing for the Maine Credit Union League.

The MCUL’s Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised over $8 million since starting the program in 1990.  In 2017, the credit union raised $740,000 for the cause.

Richmond, Maine: Murder, suicide ruled cause of Richmond couple’s death, police say

Neighbors in the small community who knew the victims personally are already feeling their loss Sunday night.
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State Police say say the death of a Richmond woman over the weekend was a domestic violence homicide. Detectives say Niomi Mello was shot to death by her long time boyfriend, Kirk Alexander Jr., who then turned the 9mm handgun on himself. Both were shot in the head. Families members were updated on the case Monday.

The bodies of the couple were found in the kitchen of their home Saturday morning by Mello’s 11-year-old son, after he awoke. The boy then went to a nearby store and police were called. The shooting likely took place late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The two bodies found deceased inside of a Richmond home Saturday afternoon have been identified as Kirk Alexander Jr., 46, and his longtime girlfriend, Niomi Mello, 37.

Their cause of death still has not been released to the public.

Neighbors in the small community who knew the victims personally are already feeling their loss Sunday night.

Pastor Lester Dow Jr. and his wife, Mary, have been with the Richmond Corner Baptist Church for more than 15 years.

“Our neighbors, we care about them all,” Dow told NEWS CENTER Maine Sunday.

Something happened inside of their neighbors’ Post Road home Saturday, where police confirm Mello’s 11-year-old son found the couple’s bodies in the kitchen.

“Very sad thing and very tragic thing,” said Dow.

Though not close with his neighbor, Dow recalls seeing Alexander from time to time.

“Several years ago, we were back and forth some and I invited him over for coffee and we talked about the Lord’s word and scripture,” said Dow. “I hadn’t seen him for a long while until just the day before this happened. Two days ago now. I had a little conversation. Everything seemed fine.”

Standing inside his church Sunday afternoon, Dow now realizes everything may not have been fine.

He said Alexander was more than just his neighbor. He was the church’s neighbor.

“I feel it personally but also folks in the area here and the church because they’re right next door, you know, a neighbor in that sense to everybody,” exclaimed Dow. Dow plans to spend the next few days comforting the community, which is already feeling the gravity of this loss, while the police continue to investigate the couple’s manner of death.

Autopsies have been completed by the State Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta and the results will be released Monday, according to state police.

University of Maine’s historic season ends after 50-19 loss to Eastern Washington University

The Black Bears historic run comes to a close in a 50-19 loss to the Eastern Washington Eagles.

The Black Bears historic season comes to a close after a 50-19 loss to the Eastern Washington Eagles. Maine’s stellar defense, nicknamed “the Black Hole,” could not contain the Eagles, who rushed for 216 yards and another 352 through the air. Eagle Quarterback Eric Barriere threw seven touchdown passes.

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Maine made some costly mistakes in the first half. Maine Quarterback Chris Ferguson turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, once on a pick and once on a fumble. Both turnovers resulted in touchdowns. He was also sacked three times on the day.

Two Maine natives scored Maine’s only two touchdowns. Wide receiver Andre Miller of Old Town caught a 47 yards pass in the third to bring the score to 35-12 Eagles. Minutes later, North Yarmouth’s Joe Fitzpatrick punched it in from two yards out to close the gap more.

Head coach Joe Harasymiak says this was a disappointing ending, but a season to be proud of. He wants Maine to continue to be a playoff team, making it to the final four and beyond every year.

Cohen says that “Dirty Deeds” Trump knew hush money payment was wrong

Cohen walked free from court – but will have to report to jail in March

US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer insists Mr Trump knew making hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign was wrong.

Speaking after he was sentenced to prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes, Michael Cohen told ABC News: “He directed me to make the payments.”

“Nothing at the Trump organisation was ever done unless it was run through Mr Trump,” he said.

The president has denied ever asking Cohen to make illegal payments.

“He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law,” Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday, suggesting Cohen had pleaded guilty “to embarrass the president”.

Cohen, 52, was sentenced to three years on Wednesday and must report to prison by 6 March.

He admitted to lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and tax evasion. In addition to the jail term, he was also ordered to forfeit nearly $2m (£1.6m).

He is the first of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

What else did Cohen say?

He was asked in the ABC News interview about money paid to two women to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the then-presidential candidate.

Mr Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election”, Cohen said.

The purpose of the payments had been to “help [Trump] and his campaign”, he added.

“People of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he is saying,” Cohen continued.

“The man doesn’t tell the truth. And it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.”

What are Cohen’s crimes?

The sentencing was related to two separate cases brought by the Southern District of New York and the Mueller investigation.

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for his role in making hush money payments regarding the two women, porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

He confessed to making a $130,000 payment to Ms Daniels and arranging for a $150,000 payment to Ms McDougal.

Prosecutors argued successfully that these payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions. Under US law, an individual donation cannot exceed $2,700.

The payment to Ms McDougal was made by American Media Inc (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer tabloid, to suppress her allegations of an affair with Mr Trump.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced it had reached a deal with AMI to avoid prosecution if the company admitted it made the $150,000 payment “in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign” and to “ensure that the woman did not publicise damaging allegations” ahead of the 2016 election.

AMI has agreed to continue co-operating with investigators.

Mr Trump has acknowledged both payments were made despite denying having actual affairs, and has called them a private transaction unrelated to his election campaign.

Cohen’s other convictions, for tax evasion and bank fraud, are unrelated to the president.

Cohen also admitted to making false statements to Congress about a property deal Mr Trump was looking into in Moscow in the run-up to the 2016 election.

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Maine: Former bus driver, Timothy McGowan, 51, accused of taking inappropriate underage photos of students.

BATH, Maine — A former Bath Bus Services driver was indicted Tuesday by a Sagadahoc County grand jury on charges he posted inappropriate photos of students online, according to a report Thursday.

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The Brunswick Times Record reported Thursday that a grand jury returned indictments against 51-yr-old Timothy McGowan on violation of privacy and possession of sexually explicit materials charges.

The indictment said McGowen was in possession of images or materials depicting someone under the age of 12 years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the Times Record. The documents did not indicate whether the individual or individuals were from the Bath area.

In June of this year, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security alerted Maine State Police to a tip pointing to the bus driver as the source of pictures on a foreign website featuring school-age students. The investigation was further narrowed to the Bath area through the use of email traces and subpoenas, at which point the Bath Police Dept. joined the case.

The photographs were taken from an angle to look up the skirts of bus passengers. With the help of staff from the Bath area school district, investigators identified six girls from the pictures spanning the elementary, middle and high schools. School leaders notified parents at the time, a day after police served McGowan with a criminal summons.

Through a search of electric devices belonging to McGowan, police said they uncovered pictures that matched the images on the foreign website. Police said McGowan took the pictures while taking students to and from school and special events. Those pictures have since been taken offline, and police declined to reveal the address of the website where they appeared.

McGowen was not arrested at the time because violation of privacy charges were misdemeanor charges.

According to the Times Record, McGowen lives in Texas and has no ties to any Maine business.

McGowen is expected to be in court January 9 for a dispositional hearing, according to the paper.