BANGOR — Maine police say a 53-year-old Bangor woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a man who was found dead in an apartment.

Police on Friday charged Gail Judd in connection with the death of 47-year-old Michael Drouin, of Bangor.

Police were called to a Court Street address in Bangor for a report of a disorderly person about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday and found a Drouin on the floor of an upstairs apartment.

Other residents of the building told the Bangor Daily News that they heard an argument in a hallway shortly before discovery of the body.

Police say Judd is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

L.L. Bean loses lawsuit with wreath maker

HARRINGTON — A Maine wreath-making company has won a nearly $1 million judgment in a legal dispute with L.L. Bean over the production of wreaths and other products for the 2008 holiday season.

A Maine Business and Consumer Court judge ordered the outdoors retailer to pay Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington after finding that L.L. Bean ordered more wreaths than it could ultimately sell. The judge said Worcester had to step up production of wreaths, centerpieces and other items that never sold.

L.L. Bean’s sales fell that year because of the recession.

L.L. Bean says in a statement that Worcester Wreath was seeking more than $20 million and that it tried to resolve the dispute without litigation.

An attorney for Worcester says the judgment allows the company to fulfill its financial obligations.

 

Authorities warn of lottery scam

ALFRED — Authorities are warning residents to be wary of lottery scams after reporting that an elderly Arundel woman was conned out of $80,000 by callers who said she had won the Jamaican lottery.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that the 82-year-old woman was skeptical at first, but the con artists gradually won her confidence, isolated her from her family, and told her they would deliver a new car and $2.5 million if she would just pay a processing fee first. That fee turned out to be several processing fees.

Once investigators became aware of the scam, the perpetrators had drawn drained her life’s savings. She now may have to sell her land to survive.

Authorities say suspects are hard to track and are “sly and dangerous.”

State’s first lady hosts Pentagon official

AUGUSTA — Maine first lady Ann LePage has hosted Col. David Sutherland, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Blaine House.

While visiting this week, Sutherland addressed both the Bangor Region and Portland Region chamber of commerce members.

Ann LePage has dedicated her time as first lady to bring awareness to the needs of Maine’s military service members and their families.

The first lady joined Sutherland to speak to the business community about the difficulties many service members face when they return home from deployment.

Teacher found guilty of supplying alcohol

PORTLAND — A former teacher and coach at Westbrook High School has been sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to surrender his teaching license for giving a 16-year-old youth alcohol at his home.

Timothy Gillis pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of providing alcohol to a minor. A charge of allowing a minor to possess or consume liquor was dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The Portland Press Herald reports that police launched an investigation in August. Police did not disclose the gender of the minor, nor did they say if the person was a student at Westbrook High.

Gillis was hired to teach English at Westbrook High in 1993. He became the boys varsity soccer coach in 1998. He resigned in October.

Compiled from wire reports

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