Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 
Courtney Shea

Vassalboro man sentenced to 32 years in prison for November murder of family friend

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Vassalboro man was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office. Courtney Shea, 31, admitted that he stabbed to death Thomas Namer, 69, of Vassalboro on Nov. 21. Namer’s body …
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Taylor Kilgore (left) and Clinton Boothby are lawyers at Boothby Perry LLC in Turner.

As state lawyers age, few law school graduates seeking to replace them in rural Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
TURNER, Maine — Taylor Kilgore and the law firm she works for in Oxford County, Boothby Perry LLC, could be a model for making sure there are lawyers serving the needs of rural Maine into the mid-21st century. The lawyers practicing in Maine are aging, especially those who practice outside …
Wendy Farley (left) on Monday waits with her attorney, Peter Rodway of Portland, for Superior Court Justice William Anderson to enter the courtroom at the Piscataqius County Courthouse. Farley pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband nearly two years ago.

Mother of 13 pleads guilty for trying to hire hit man to kill husband, to serve 120 days of 10-year sentence

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A former Brownville woman whose trial ended with a deadlocked jury earlier this year pleaded guilty Monday to a charge in connection with her attempt to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Wendy Farley, 48, was sentenced by Superior Court Justice William Anderson to 10 …
Wendy Farley, 48, of Brownville and her attorney Peter Rodway of Portland wait for her trial to begin at the Piscataquis County Courthouse in Dover-Foxcroft in March.

Woman accused of trying to hire hitman to kill husband to plead guilty after March mistrial

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A woman whose trial for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband ended in March when the jury deadlocked is scheduled to plead guilty to charges Monday morning in Piscataquis County Superior Court, according to the district attorney’s office. Wendy Farley, 48, of Brownville, …

East Eddington church opens day camp at YWCA’s Camp Molly Molasses

By Judy Harrison on July 05, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
BRADLEY, Maine — Christine Morrison, a mother of three who lives in Eddington, had a lot of summer camp options for her children, ages 12, 9 and 5. She chose to send them to Crossroads Christian Camp on Chemo Pond. “This camp’s message about God reinforces what we teach at …
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People take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the Gracie Theater at Husson University on Thursday.

‘It feels like a new beginning,’ says Parsonsfield woman taking citizenship oath Thursday

By Judy Harrison on July 03, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Marta Esmeralda Perkoski will be working during the day Friday, but after work, she will experience Independence Day in a new way — as a U.S. citizen. A native of Honduras, Perkoski of Parsonsfield was one of 60 people who took the Oath of Allegiance on Thursday …
Federal agents leave the Twin Super Buffet in Brewer in this November 2011 file photo.

Ex-manager of Brewer Chinese restaurant gets 15 months for hiring, housing illegal workers

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The former manager of a buffet-style Chinese restaurant in Brewer that has been the target of a federal investigation since 2006 was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 15 months in federal prison on multiple charges related to employing and harboring undocumented workers. Mei Ya Zhang, …

Jury awards $400,000 to railroad worker who complained about chemical spill cleanup in North Yarmouth

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A federal jury Thursday awarded a former Springfield Terminal Railway Co. worker $400,000 in damages after finding Jason Worcester was fired illegally because he filed a safety complaint about a supervisor’s decision to have an untrained worker clean up a chemical spill in North Yarmouth nearly three …
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Dana Wilson (left) and his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, sit in the Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday in Bangor.  Wilson was found guilty of possession of child pornography.

DJ Dana Wilson found guilty of child pornography possession

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Well-known disc jockey and former Maine Sports Hall of Fame member Dana Wilson was found guilty on Tuesday of possession of child pornography . Wilson, 63, of Brewer shook his head and said “no” as Superior Court Justice Ann Murray announced her verdict at the Penobscot Judicial …

Charlie: Why the killing of a young, gay man in Bangor 30 years ago still matters

on July 01, 2014, at 12 a.m.
Thirty years after the killing of Charlie Howard shocked Bangor, his death is now remembered for its profound effect on Maine.
Danielle A. Beckwith, 47, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript Production, was tried Monday, June 30, before retired Judge John Romei in Newport District Court.

Former Bangor court employee found guilty of attempted theft, cover-up

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 8:33 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — At the end of a four-hour jury-waived trial, a former employee of the Maine court system was found guilty Monday of attempting to steal state funds and trying to cover it up. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of …
Dana Wilson at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on June 6.

Verdict in Dana Wilson child pornography case to be announced Tuesday

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The verdict in the child pornography possession trial of disc jockey Dana Wilson, 63, of Brewer is scheduled to be announced at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. Wilson’s jury-waived trial was held June 2 before Superior …
Gary Raub

Seattle transient pleads guilty to 1976 Augusta murder, sentenced to 20 years

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The man charged with stabbing to death a 70-year-old local woman in 1976 pleaded guilty Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court to a charge of second degree criminal homicide, according to the Maine attorney general’s office. Gary Sandford Raub, 64, a transient living in the Seattle area, …

Trial of former court employee for attempted theft, cover-up begins in Newport District Court

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 9 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — The daylong jury-waived trial of a former employee of the Maine court system charged last year with attempting to steal funds and trying to cover it up began Monday in Newport District Court. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office …
The Rev. Seamus Greisbach has been named director of vocations by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Bishop assigns ‘committed and driven’ priest to reverse declining number of Catholic clergy in Maine

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Rev. Seamus P. Griesbach isn’t asking for much — just a few good men willing to give up having a family, autonomy and riches in order to dedicate their lives to spreading the Gospel in Maine. It’s a decision he and 63 other active priests in …

13th defendant pleads guilty in federal court to being part of major bath salts distribution ring in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A member of a conspiracy to distribute bath salts in northern and coastal Maine pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a drug conspiracy charge. Jacob Gagnon, 25, of Van Buren, formerly of Bangor, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent …
Roxanne Jeskey stands up after hearing  her verdict of guilty by Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter in the murder of her husband Richard "Rick" Jeskey in May.

Bangor woman sentenced to 50 years for slaying husband in bathtub

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2014, at 2 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The brother of the man savagely murdered three years ago by Roxanne Jeskey in the couple’s bathtub said after she was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison that Richard Jeskey was a victim of domestic violence. “This is definitely a situation of domestic violence that we’ve …

Bangor man arrested in Acadia National Park on cocaine charge released on bail

By Judy Harrison on June 26, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 63-year-old man arrested Tuesday in Acadia National Park, allegedly found with cocaine and $1,400 in cash in a borrowed car, was released on $1,000 unsecured bail Thursday after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison in U.S. District Court. Glenn G. Watson of Bangor is charged …
Charles Fourcloud

Ex-Passamaquoddy finance director pleads guilty to stealing $20,000 from tribe

By Judy Harrison on June 26, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The man charged with stealing $20,000 from the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to federal charges of theft and embezzlement. By pleading guilty, Charles Fourcloud, 58, of California admitted that he embezzled the funds between May and August 2013 when …
Roxanne Jeskey stands up after hearing  her verdict of guilty by Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter in the murder of her husband Richard "Rick" Jeskey Friday, May 30, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Prosecution wants life for Bangor woman who killed husband; defense says 25 to 30 years is enough

By Judy Harrison on June 26, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The prosecution will ask that a woman convicted of murdering her husband in the couple’s bathroom three years ago spend the rest of her life in prison because the way she killed him was tantamount to torture. The defense team will urge the judge to impose a …
 
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