Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 

Portland man pleads guilty to creating, sending video involving teen

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
A local man Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of sexual exploitation of children after a federal judge denied a motion that would have allowed him to argue at his trial that he believed the girl he filmed having sex with him was …
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Manna Ministries' Bill Rae (center) hands Tania Perry a free turkey Wednesday morning at the ministries in Bangor.

‘I’m very thankful for this’: Bangor ministry provides 7,000 Thanksgiving turkeys, fixings

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
Billie Jo Burrows stopped by Manna Ministries Inc. on Wednesday morning to pick up a free turkey and the fixings to go with it so she and her husband will be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “We just wouldn’t be able to afford this kind …

Bangor woman accused of fracturing infant’s skull

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
A local woman was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after allegedly fracturing the skull of her 4-month-old son on Oct. 4. Darcy Henderson-Keaton, 32, of Bangor was indicted on one count of assault on a child younger than 6 years old, a Class C …
Adam Metropoulos (right) during his arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor with attorney Kaylee Folster on Sept. 17.

Suspended Bangor priest indicted for sexually abusing minor, possession of child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
The former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, one count each of possession of sexually explicit materials and violation of privacy. Adam Metropoulos, 52, of Bangor was arrested …

Kennebunk couple sentenced to probation for lying about living together to receive benefits

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Kennebunk couple was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to probation on welfare fraud charges. Carol Welch, 53, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $38,000 for benefits she admitted she fraudulently received. Scott Welch, 45, was sentenced to one …
Cassandra Means

Woman wanted in connection with Bangor stabbing arrested in RI; bail set at $50,000

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
A local woman wanted in connection with an Oct. 5 stabbing that left an Ohio Street woman with a punctured lung made her first court appearance Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center after being arrested in Rhode Island. Cassandra Means, 26, of Bangor was charged with elevated …

Mid-level bath salts dealer who sold 67 doses a day in Maine gets 7 ½ years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 20, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
BANGOR | A local man described by a federal prosecutor as a mid-level bath salts dealer was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 7½ years in prison. Adam Hathorn, 36, of Bangor was part of a drug ring that sold bath salts, also called “monkey dust,” which is …
United States Attorney Thomas Delahanty II

Fed prosecutors in Maine collect $1.5 million in criminal, civil actions

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 20, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
PORTLAND | The federal prosecutor’s office in Maine collected more than $1.5 million in criminal and civil actions in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced Thursday. Of that amount, $847,901.95 was collected in criminal fines and $678,078.23 was collected in civil …

Calais man who sold pesticide that killed lobsters admits lying to agents

By Bill Trotter and Judy Harrison on Nov. 20, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR | A Calais man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a false statement to federal agents in connection with the illegal use of a pesticide in Canada five years ago. Clyde Eldridge, 65, owner of local feed and pet store C&E Feeds, was …
First responders fight burning train cars after a train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in this July 2013 file photo provided by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

MMA Railway bankruptcy trustee casts wide net for corporations to pay Lac-Megantic victims

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 19, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
BANGOR | The bankruptcy trustee in the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway case is casting a wide net in an effort to reach into deep corporate pockets to create a fund to compensate victims and help pay the enormous costs related to the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec last …

Ex-pharmacy tech in Pleasant Point pleads guilty to drug, food stamp fraud charges

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 19, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
BANGOR | A former pharmacy technician at the health center at the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation in Perry waived indictment Tuesday and pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with obtaining narcotics illegally and her fraudulent use of food stamp benefits. Tonia D. Smith, 42, of Perry was …

‘Bonnie’ of bath salts, Bangor man sentenced in conspiracy

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 19, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
A Bangor man and a Greenbush woman who was compared to a notorious 1930s bandit by a federal prosecutor were sentenced Wednesday to federal prison in U.S. District Court for their roles in a bath salts distribution ring that stretched from Bangor to Washington and Aroostook counties …

Waterville man who distributed oxycodone, cocaine in central Maine gets nearly 16 years

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 18, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
BANGOR | A Waterville man who recruited his girlfriend, mother, stepfather and other relatives to bring drugs from New York City to Maine for distribution in Kennebec County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to nearly 16 years in federal prison. Maurice “Mo” McCray, 34, pleaded guilty in …

California man who supplied marijuana to Scarborough dealer gets 2 years

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
PORTLAND | A California man who supplied a Scarborough drug dealer with more than 770 pounds of marijuana was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in federal prison. Michael Bretzing, 55, of Grass Valley, California, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to distribute …

NY woman who smuggled 645 oxycodone pills to Maine gets 22 months in federal prison

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 17, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
BANGOR | A New York woman who smuggled 645 oxycodone pills to Maine in a body cavity was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 22 months in federal prison. Ebony Howard, 29, of the Bronx, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after she completes her …

‘We are healing’: Greek Orthodox church working to renew community’s spirit in wake of priest’s arrest

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 17, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
BANGOR | Less than two months after their priest was arrested, members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church held hands and danced to the traditional music of Greece. “We are healing,” Lambros Karris of Bangor, who joined the church in 1969, said recently. The congregation’s annual fundraiser, held Nov. …
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Task force: Maine family court system needs more judges, clerks to help people without lawyers

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
If Maine wants to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its family court system, it needs more judges and clerks because of a rise in the number of people representing themselves in court because they cannot afford to hire attorneys, according to a report submitted by the Family Division Task …

1 killed, 6 injured in Route 2 accident Saturday morning in Enfield

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
A woman died and six others were injured Saturday morning in a head-on collision near the intersection of Route 2 and Mohawk Road, according to the Penobscot County sheriff’s office. The names of the victims were not released. An SUV occupied by three people was traveling north …
Frank Gerry

Portland man accused of selling heroin out of Forest Ave. YMCA, car

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
A local man was arrested Friday when he reportedly opened his door at the YMCA while holding bags of heroin that he expected to sell and found police officers instead. Frank Gerry, 43, of Portland was charged with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, a Class B crime, …
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AG warns Mainers to beware of callers seeking payment by prepaid cash cards, wire transfer

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The attorney general Friday warned Mainers to be suspicious of people calling and demanding immediate payment of a debt, especially if they require the payment be made by reloadable cash cards, such as Green Dot Money Pak, or wire service. Attorney General Janet Mills said her office …
 
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