Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Susan Smith, superintendent of RSU 63, speaks to the media about the death of a third grade boy from Eddington on Wednesday. Mental health counselors were available Friday at Holden Elementary School, where the boy attended .

Holden school open Friday to help families cope with 8-year-old’s death

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Mental health counselors will be at the elementary school Friday afternoon to help students, parents and staff deal with the death of a third-grader.

4 people injured in Route 1 crash in Perry

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
The names and hometowns of the driver and three passengers were not released because the investigation is ongoing, Silk said Thursday.
Bob Ogan (center) has plates filled with food to give to people during the inaugural Thanksgiving dinner at CityReach in Bangor Thursday. Following the free meal, guests were invited to watch football on two large televisions.

Bangor church gives Thanksgiving dinner to those who can’t be with family

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2016, at 3:21 p.m.
“I came here to spend time with my community,” Nathan Lawrence Rehlander, 30, of Brewer said. “There are a lot of people here that I consider my family by extension.”

Puppy dies after car strikes utility poles in Standish

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
Nicholas Cawood, 24, of Standish was charged with operating under the influence of intoxicants but was not arrested.

Man charged in Bangor assault plans to sue over social media posts

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2016, at 7:59 a.m.
A lawyer representing him said he was preparing to sue the person who wrote about the alleged assault on social media and the city councilors who denounced the alleged incident as racially motivated before an investigation was completed.
A volunteer at Jericho Road Street Ministry's clothing giveaway shows sweatpants to participants during the annual Thanksgiving dinner on Monday in Bangor.

Ministry helps Bangor homeless climb out of tent city with food, faith

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 23, 2016, at 4:13 p.m.
“We first served Thanksgiving dinner last year,” Mel Coombs said Monday. “It was such a big success, we did it again this year.

Maine attorney general’s office determines alleged Bangor assault not racially motivated

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 23, 2016, at 1:01 p.m.
Joshua Pendergast, 42, of Bangor was charged late Monday with misdemeanor assault.
The Stetson Mountain wind project in Township 8 Range 3 near Danforth was developed by the Massachusetts-based First Wind.

Jury awards co-op $13.6M in breach of contract lawsuit with wind power firms

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.

Former Maine man appears in federal court for sex abuse in 1995

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
A former Bath man made his first appearance Tuesday in a courtroom in Maine accused of taking a 13-year-old girl to Nebraska more than 20 years ago so he could sexually assault her.
Rachel Barton Pine

Soloist sets Collins Center ablaze with Bangor Symphony

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 22, 2016, at 12:36 p.m.
Members of the BSO sat mesmerized by Pine’s solo in the concerto’s middle section.
Four-year-old Logan Donald (right) hands out American flags to people before a naturalization ceremony Monday at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor. Christopher Donald (center), Logan's father, was one of the 23 people from 15 countries who became citizens of the U.S. during the ceremony.

New citizen: ‘I don’t care what people say. I know I’m an American’

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 21, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
Twenty-three people from 15 countries became U.S. citizens during the ceremony on Monday at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor.

Man who robbed Newport pharmacy gets nearly 6 years

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016, at 4:51 p.m.
A police cruiser stopped a van, which was allegedly stolen by a 12-year-old boy, at Broadway near Center Street in Bangor in this June 2016 photo.

Judge dismisses case against 12-year-old accused of leading police on chase

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
Judge John Lucy dismissed on Election Day the case involving the June 25 chase in Bangor, according to Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the court system.
St. John Catholic Church music director Kevin Birch plays the "new" pipe organ at Hammond Street Congregational Church on Monday, now fully operational after a yearlong installation process. The organ was salvaged from a church in Boston and had not been played for 60 years. Sunday the church is hosting the first recital with the organ at full capabilities.

Bangor church pulling out the stops for organ dedication, recital

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
Hammond Street Congregational Church is pulling out nearly all the stops Sunday on its refurbished pipe organ with a dedication service and an afternoon recital.
Amelia Raphaela Courtney and John Dalton Logan rehearse a scene from "Constellations" at the M.F. Planetarium a the University of Maine. The play, being performed through Sunday, applies string theory to love.

UMaine’s ‘Constellations’ explores string theory of love in planetarium

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
This production of “Constellations” is a theatrical experience not soon forgotten.
Benjamin D. Steeves

Holden man gets 10 years for sex assaults on girls

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2016, at 6:24 p.m.
Cassidy Charette

Victim impact statement punctuates plea deal in hayride death case

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
The statement was written to tell Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy how many people have been affected by the 17-year-old’s death in a hayride accident on the night of Oct. 11, 2014.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Judge finds Bangor’s methadone clinic ordinance discriminatory

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
A federal judge on Tuesday found Bangor’s ordinance regulating methadone clinics discriminatory.
Cassidy Charette

Harvest Hill Farm pleads guilty to aggravated driving to endanger in hayride death

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 15, 2016, at 11:28 a.m.
Harvest Hill Farm, the Mechanic Falls property where Cassidy Charette, 17, of Oakland died after a trailer she was riding on overturned Oct. 11, 2014, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving to endanger, a Class C felony.
Keith Coleman, 29, of Garland is escorted into the court room at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Oct. 26, 2016.

Jury: Coleman guilty of murdering girlfriend, her two children in Garland

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 10, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
Jurors deliberated for fewer than three hours over two days before finding Keith Coleman guilty of murdering his girlfriend and her young children nearly two years ago in the trailer they shared in Garland.