Police ID homicide victim as suspect appears in court

Police identified a 21-year-old homicide victim as her alleged killer made his initial court appearance in Bangor.

Police said Tuesday that an autopsy determined that Brooke Locke of Bangor died from strangulation. Zackery Mailloux of Bangor, meanwhile, appeared in the Penobscot Judicial Center, where he was ordered held without bail.

An affidavit containing investigatory details was impounded.

Bangor police said they found Locke’s body Monday while responding to a complaint of a domestic disturbance.

Both Mailloux and Locke were Husson University students. Husson spokesman Eric Gordon said Locke was a third-year occupational therapy student. He said Mailloux was enrolled through continuing education.


Woman in stabbing death gets hospital furloughs

A Bangor woman committed to a psychiatric facility after she was found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity for the stabbing death of her boyfriend is being allowed supervised time away from the hospital.

A judge recently ruled that Gail Judd, 54, can leave Riverview Psychiatric Hospital for up to four hours per day, WABI-TV reported.

She was given permission to leave when a doctor ruled she posed no danger to society.

Judd was sent to the hospital indefinitely in March after she was found not criminally responsible for the February 2012 death of 47-year-old Michael Drouin.

Judd’s attorney said his client was in a delirious state at the time of the stabbing, caused by a liver condition that caused too much ammonia in her system.


Two women arrested at homes on drug charges

Two women have court dates after getting arrested on drug charges.

Carolyn DeBerry of Auburn was arrested at her home last week on a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency warrant charging unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, the Sun Journal reported.

Agents allege that a search warrant executed at DeBerry’s home turned up 10 grams of heroin, 64 oxycodone pills, $3,700 in cash, scales and other items related to drug trafficking. The value of the drugs is estimated at $4,000.

Based on information gathered at DeBerry’s residence, agents seized another 20 grams of heroin from an apartment in Lewiston.

An Augusta woman was arrested in Lewiston in a separate investigation. Police said Angela Crabtree had 128 grams of crack cocaine worth almost $13,000. Both are in jail awaiting court dates.

LePage awards $10,000 to English skills program

Gov. Paul LePage has awarded $10,000 to a program in Lewiston designed to bolster English skills for immigrant families.

The Republican governor visited the B Street Community Center on Monday to talk to immigrants about the challenges they face and barriers they need help overcoming to secure employment.

The Portland-based organization Learning Works is offering the program that LePage’s donation will support.

The $10,000 will come out of the governor’s contingency fund, the Sun Journal reported.

Learning Works said that means the program will have $50,000, or enough to support English-language education for about 30 families and between 60 and 80 people.


Forum to present design of new N.H.-Maine bridge

The public will have a chance to see the design phase of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine.

A forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Kittery will address the new plans. The bridge designer and contractor will be available.

The current Sarah Long Bridge, connecting Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., on the Route 1 Bypass, is the No. 1 red-listed bridge in New Hampshire.

The $160 million replacement, to be located upriver from the existing bridge, is expected to have a 204-foot-long center span. It will be 60 feet above the water, reducing the number of times the span has to be raised by 60 percent. The forum will be at the Kittery Community Center.