Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Cara Blewitt

Couple accused of Memorial Day weekend robberies face more time in fed court

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2017, at 2:34 p.m.
A Connecticut couple accused of robbing a bank and dollar store near the Bangor Mall on Memorial Day weekend face stiffer penalties after their cases were moved to federal court.
Carrie Ballanger

4 indicted in connection with Old Town meth lab explosion

By Judy Harrison on July 28, 2017, at 11:02 a.m.
Four people who were staying in an Old Town apartment where a methamphetamine lab exploded were indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.
The Bangor Police Department has hired Andrea Carver as a substance abuse case manager to help people struggling with substance abuse issues connect with services. The department received a grant to fund the position.

Funding for ‘critical’ Bangor program to end next year

By Judy Harrison on July 28, 2017, at 1:06 a.m.
Bangor police Chief Mark Hathaway said the program has been “critical” for people in crisis due to substance abuse and mental health issues.
Quaneysha Greeley (left), Carine Reeves

NY pair charged with murder in Mainer’s death won’t be back soon

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2017, at 9:42 a.m.
Two New Yorkers charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of a Cherryfield road won’t be returned to Maine any time soon, according to New York authorities.
Nathan Roach as Dr. Caius (left) Ryan George Collins as Sir Hugh Evans (right) and Nathan Reeves as Master Slender debate who should win the hand of Ann Page in William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Ten Bucks Theatre Company is performing the show outside at Indian Trail Park in Brewer and Fort Knox State Park in Prospect.

Cast of Ten Bucks’ ‘Merry Wives’ makes Shakespeare soar under the stars

By Judy Harrison on July 26, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
It is one of the best productions Ten Bucks has offered in the summer months. All involved have done the bard proud.

Judge agrees to deal that allows pardoned husky to live

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2017, at 2:29 p.m.
A District Court judge approved a deal that will allow Dakota to live out the rest of her days.

Fate of Dakota, the LePage-pardoned husky, could be decided Monday

By Judy Harrison on July 21, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Dakota was determined to be a dangerous dog in March after she attacked two smaller dogs in less than a year, killing one of them.
William Bradbury

Man facing sex charges, accused of causing standoff remains jailed

By Judy Harrison on July 20, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
William Bradbury remained Thursday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $5,000 cash bail.
Clement Thibodeau

Police seek help in finding missing Caribou priest

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2017, at 8:06 p.m.
Caribou police are seeking the public’s help in locating the Rev. Clement Thibodeau, 85, of Caribou. He drives a gray 2013 Chevrolet Equinox.
Anthony Lord (right) enters a courtroom for his first appearance before Justice Ann Murray on Sept. 14, 2015, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Man who killed 2, wounded 3 in 2015 rampage pleads guilty

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2017, at 5:02 p.m.
Anthony Lord, 37, of Crystal pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, theft of firearms and eluding an officer.
The cast of "Tintypes" rallies around President Teddy Roosevelt (Andre Blanchard). The musical will be performed by Cold Comfort Theater through Saturday in Wales Park in Belfast.

Flawed ‘Tintypes’ becomes community theater tribute in Belfast

By Judy Harrison on July 19, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
Director Aynne Ames and her cast transform the 1980 musical revue into an energetic and loving tribute to community theater.
Wade Robert Hoover

State’s high court rejects appeal of 60-year sentence in child sex assaults

By Judy Harrison on July 18, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
An Augusta man must serve 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting two boys who attended his karate school, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled.
Derrick Thompson (left) and Alivia Welch.

Mother shot by Biddeford landlord in parking dispute sues police

By Judy Harrison on July 12, 2017, at 7:20 p.m.
The mother of a man murdered in December 2012 by a Biddeford landlord in a dispute over parking has sued local police, alleging that her son would be alive today if they had handled a call before the shooting differently.
Dustin Whitehead as Pastor Paul and Ali Fitzpatrick as his wife, Elizabeth, stand before their congregation in "The Christians." The play is being performed through July 23 in Somesville by Acadia Repertory Company.

Acadia Rep’s ‘The Christians’ asks what happens when there is no hell

By Judy Harrison on July 12, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
“The Christians” looks at the human impact a drastic change in a pastor’s theology might have on a flock.
Mark Bechard

Report: Man who brutally attacked Waterville nuns in 1996 dies in state custody

By Judy Harrison on July 12, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
The man who 21 years ago brutally attacked four nuns, killing two of them, during a psychotic episode has died.
State Police have charged James "Ted" Sweeney with the murder of 51-year-old Wendy Douglass in Jay.

Boyfriend of Jay woman charged with murder

By Judy Harrison on July 11, 2017, at 7:18 p.m.
Wendy Douglass’ live-in boyfriend, James “Ted” Sweeney drove to the Androscoggin County sheriff’s office in Auburn to report that Douglass was dead and to turn himself in.

LePage seeks to defend his pardon of condemned husky Dakota

By Judy Harrison on July 10, 2017, at 5:58 p.m.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney has argued that the governor did not have the authority to pardon Dakota, since the dog was never convicted of a crime.
Cpl. Amy Nickerson, a Brewer police officer — and beekeeper in her spare time — helps to move a hive from an Ohio Street tree in a screenshot of a video the Bangor Police Department posted on Friday, July 7, 2017.

Brewer officer rescues Bangor cops from Ohio Street bee swarm

By Judy Harrison on July 07, 2017, at 4 p.m.
“Every time they stopped a car, the pursued driver would pull over near this tree. That happened to be where the bees were. Haskell said he did not want to get all ‘red and stingy.’”
Michael R. Spaulding (left), with his son, Michael J. Spaulding, 21, of Bangor. The elder Spaulding is one of four victims from a shooting in Madison.

Here’s what we know so far about the victims in the Madison triple homicide

By Judy Harrison on July 06, 2017, at 3:50 p.m.
One day after the deadly shootings, here’s what we know about the lives of the four victims.
Travis Johnson as Ned (left) works at his drafting table as Nan (Meghan Leathers) and Theo (Brad Wilson) prepare for a night on the town in "Three Days of Rain" at the Theatre at Monmouth.

‘Three Days of Rain’ witty, insightful character study at Monmouth

By Judy Harrison on July 05, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
“Three Days of Rain” is funny and fascinating.