Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Bishop Robert Deeley

Maine’s religious leaders condemn Trump’s immigration ban

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 30, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
Bishop Robert Deeley, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, called on everyone to show “our concern and solidarity” for immigrants and refugees in Maine.
The inside of St. John Catholic Church in Bangor as seen on Feb. 4, 2015.

Maine clergy, lay leaders learn how to plan for an active shooter in churches

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 29, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
“We want to be as prepared as we can be,” the Rev. Joe Dressler said. “We want to provide as much safety as possible.”
Kayla Doherty, 23, with her 17-month-old son Blake Doherty at her mother's Pittsfield home.

Woman who sued over wrongful birth may not recover damages, court says

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 26, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
The birth control device was never inserted in her arm.
Cedric Butler

Boston pair indicted for trafficking crack cocaine in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.
Ariel Perez-Calvo

Man must pay $35,000 in restitution for credit card fraud against Mainers

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
An undated photo of Anne Frank

Holocaust Remembrance Day to feature talk on Americanization of Anne Frank

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
“Any searching meditation on why Jews were targeted became more about how minorities suffer.”
Noreen Silver, the principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, plays a snippet of the F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major at her home in Bangor.

Symphony chamber concert soloist brings audience to its feet

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Never underestimate local talent.
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Silverstein

LePage resurrects plan for public defenders’ office

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 24, 2017, at 4 p.m.
“Maine should have a system that is respectful of Maine taxpayers and responsive to the needs of indigent defense clients.”
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.