Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Keith Coleman (center), 29, makes a statement alongside defense attorney's Logan Perkin (left) and Martha Harris during his sentencing hearing on Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her two children.

Man who killed girlfriend, 2 children to spend life in prison

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 19, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The man convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her young son and daughter was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
President Barack Obama holds his final press conference on Wednesday at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Obama pardons Maine woman for 1996 drug crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
A Windham woman convicted more than 20 years ago of a federal drug crime was one of 64 people pardoned Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

Man serving 18 years for rape sentenced for additional sex crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
A former Indian Island man serving 18 years in prison on sexual assault charges was sentenced on additional counts Tuesday after another victim stepped forward.
David Alan Thiede

Man who robbed Bangor cleaners twice in a week to serve 9 years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
A man convicted of robbing a city laundromat twice in a week last year was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison.
Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law, delivers the keynote address Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration at Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono.

Law school dean urges MLK Day breakfast crowd to stand on side of justice

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 16, 2017, at 12:57 p.m.
“The law has power, coercive and legitimizing,” Danielle Conway told the crowd at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.
The Rev. James Haddix, 70, who has been senior pastor at All Souls Congregational Church is retiring at the end of December. Haddix served at the for All Souls Congregational Church for 26 years and was ordained 45 years ago.

Bangor pastor with ‘voice of God’ retires after 26 years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 13, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
“I have no plans beyond retirement … I just know that there will be things for me to do.”
Homicide victim Alice Balcer is pictured a few years ago at the Mutt Strut hosted by the Kennebec County Humane Society, where she once worked.

Maine teen allegedly told dispatcher he killed mom, dad, dog on Halloween

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 12, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
Andrew Balcer was 17 when he allegedly stabbed his parents to death.
Hollie Ann Beal stands in front of her Sandy Point home, which was declared a dangerous structure by town officials, in Stockton Springs in this February 2016 file photo.

Stockton Springs homeowner has 30 days to make repairs after court ruling

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 12, 2017, at 2:35 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for Stockton Springs’ officials to require a Sandy Point Road homeowner to repair the structure so it is no longer a dangerous building or nuisance.

LePage nominates Portland lawyer to District Court bench

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday nominated longtime Portland lawyer Michael A. Duddy of Cape Elizabeth to the District Court bench.
One of the waste rock piles at the former Callahan Mine Corp. site in Brooksville in a 2008 file photo. The company operated at the site from 1968-1972.

New agreement over Callahan Mine cleanup to curb trucks on local roads

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 09, 2017, at 2:07 p.m.
A new agreement concerning the former Callahan Mine will allow the cleanup of the Superfund site to continue but cut down on the number of trucks on the roads on the Cape Rosier peninsula.

Some Mainers will see paychecks bumped up after Saturday

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 06, 2017, at 5:57 p.m.
The hourly rate will increase from $7.50 to $9 per hour, and the wage for workers who receive tips will increase from $3.75 to $5 per hour.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine attorney general sues Volkswagen over devices that concealed emissions

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
The lawsuit, announced Friday, was filed last month in Kennebec County Superior Court, according to a press release.
Kayla Stewart

Fairfield mom sentenced to 9 years in prison for newborn’s death

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 04, 2017, at 5:01 p.m.
A Fairfield mother accused of murder in the death her newborn son on Dec. 30, 2015, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Somerset County Superior Court to manslaughter in a plea agreement with the Maine attorney general’s office.
Janet Driensky and her sons, Jackson Paddock and Justin Paddock (left to right) make star lanterns Monday at Expressions, an art gallery on Main Street that offers workshops and features the work of local artists.

Art gallery, workshops helping to revitalize Main Street in Machias

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 04, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
“My goal is to make this a town that you want to live, in work in and visit.”
Ruth Moore, a military sexual assault survivor, recently talks about using funds from a benefit settlement to purchase a house on School Street in Machias to help Down East veterans connect with services.

Maine woman uses military settlement money to buy house for veteran resource center

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 03, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
“We want to be a resource for Washington County veterans,” Ruth Moore said. “We want to have a 24/7 presence eventually.”

Family of woman killed in Casco denounces defendant’s statement about hitting a deer

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 23, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
“Mr. Smith, you say you thought you hit a deer. We don’t believe you.”

Race behind majority of hate crimes pursued by state this year

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
In 2016, the state attorney general’s office has issued Injunctions in nine hate crime cases against the following 10 people.

Classifying an alleged assault as a hate crime is not black and white

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
“We don’t know what is going through a perpetrator’s head.”
Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton talks with family Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center while the jury deliberates murder and other charges. Attorney Amber Tucker of Portland sits at the defense table with Davis.

Jurors find Davis guilty of two counts of murder

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 22, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Jurors in the Matthew Davis trial deliberated for about an hour Thursday morning before finding him guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of an Oakfield couple at their home three years ago.
Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Maine courts take step to implement $17 million electronic filing system

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 21, 2016, at 6:18 p.m.
Maine is the last state in the nation that still relies entirely on paper documentation.