Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 
Jason Cote, 25, sits between his two defense attorneys Stephen Smith (front) and Caleb Gannon, both of Augusta, while listening to the judge talk about his sentencing on Friday in in Somerset County Superior Court. Cote was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murder of Ricky Cole, 47, of Detroit on July 18, 2013, over drugs.

Palmyra man gets 45 years in pipe-beating murder over drugs

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 12, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
A Palmyra man was sentenced Friday in Skowhegan Superior Court to 45 years in prison for murder in the beating death of a Detroit man last year over drugs.
Zachary Grant of Abbott stands next to his defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor while pleading guilty to manslaughter in the killing of his father last year on Friday morning in Somerset District Court.

Abbot man pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of father

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 12, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
The Abbot man accused of shooting his father to death in May in Parkman and then turning the gun on himself pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in Somerset County District Court.
Noah Gaston

Affidavit contradicts Windham man’s account of shooting his wife

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 11, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
PORTLAND | A police affidavit filed this week at the Cumberland County Courthouse to support a murder charge against a Windham man accused of killing his wife says that evidence at the scene contradicts Noah Gaston’s assertion that he shot his wife believing she was an intruder. Gaston, 33, …

Former Augusta man to serve 30 months, pay nearly $22,000 for bank fraud

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 11, 2016, at 12 p.m.
A former Augusta man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 2½ years in federal prison for bank fraud in 2014, according to his attorney.

Man who stalked woman studying in Maine sentenced to 2 years

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2016, at 8:02 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 36-year-old Pennsylvania man who admitted using the Internet to harass and intimidate a Canadian woman studying in Maine was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison. Makwan Jaff of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, who is an Iraqi national, also was sentenced to three years …
Malcolm French (right) and his wife, Barbara, leave federal court in Bangor in this January 2014 file photo.

Judge delays pot farm sentencings, fines land management firm

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
A federal judge delayed the sentencing of three men convicted in connection with operating the state’s most sophisticated outdoor marijuana plantation.
Malcolm French and his wife, Barbara, leave federal court in Bangor, Jan. 14, 2014.

Trio convicted in Township 37 pot farm case face sentencing

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
The sentencings will bring to an end a legal saga that began Sept. 22, 2009, when state and federal law enforcement officers raided the plantation and seized nearly 3,000 marijuana plants
Leanna Norris enters the courtroom on the first day of her murder trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor in this October 2014 file photo.

Maine high court to hear appeal of mother who killed toddler

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 09, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear the appeal of a woman serving a 37-year murder sentence for smothering her toddler in June 2013.
Steven Black

Man wanted in connection with high-speed chase turns self in

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Steven Black allegedly led police from multiple agencies on a chase with speeds topping 100 mph.
Brandon Ogden

Bail set at $25,000 for Levant man arrested in Brewer standoff

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
Brandon Ogden allegedly threatened a man and woman who lived in a Brewer apartment with a gun.
Christopher Sudsbury

High court overturns Belfast man’s conviction on drug charge

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court set aside his drug conviction because the prosecution failed to prove Suboxone is a narcotic at his trial.
Jean-Paul Dugre shovels his driveway on Union Street in Bangor on Friday.

Storm dumps more than 8 inches of snow in much of Maine

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 7:13 p.m.
Snow totals Down East were predicted to reach 12 inches.

Portland man gets 40 months for possessing child porn

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 5:27 p.m.
William Alfred Roscoe pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

Canadian arrested after allegedly fleeing assault charges

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
Scott Gallant, 40, of Prince Edward Island, Canada, was arrested Tuesday at Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hermon.

Bowdoinham man gets nearly 5 years for possessing child porn

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
BANGOR | A Bowdoinham man was sentenced Friday in U.S. district court to nearly five years in federal prison for possessing more than 50 images and 110 videos of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Daniel J. Lajoie Jr. 46, was sentenced to 57 months in prison …
POLL QUESTION
Christopher Richardson of Bangor has filed a petition in Penobscot County Probate Court to change his first name to Batman. He started using the name Batman when he was younger as a way to connect with kids with disabilities while working at a camp and has been known by the name by friends and family ever since.

Bangor man petitions court to change name to Batman

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Holy name change! A Bangor man has petitioned the Penobscot County Probate Court to legally change his name to Batman.
Torrence Benton

New Haven gang member sentenced in Maine to 3 years for dealing crack

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 04, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
BANGOR | A former New Haven, Connecticut, man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to three years in prison for his role in a crack cocaine distribution ring, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Torrence Benton, 28, pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to possess …

Florida man ordered to pay more than $101,000 in child support

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 04, 2016, at 7:39 a.m.
A Florida man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years of probation for failing to pay child support.
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine court to consider appeal in bear baiting election dispute

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 03, 2016, at 7:22 p.m.
A Maine court will hear an appeal by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting over what the group claims were improper tactics used by the DIF&W during the Nov. 4, 2014, election.

Monroe man gets 15 months for not reporting elver income

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 03, 2016, at 6:50 p.m.
“The Social Security program is a reflection of the good faith of the American people. You have been cheating your fellow citizens,” Judge John Woodcock said.