Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter


Massachusetts man admits to sex trafficking of woman he met in Portland

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
A Massachusetts man admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston that he engaged in sex trafficking after he met a woman in January 2014 at a friend’s apartment in Portland.
Kayla Doherty sits with her son, Blake Doherty, at her mother's Pittsfield home in this November 2015 file photo.

Students to hear Maine supreme court arguments in wrongful birth case

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 06, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
High school students in Aroostook County will hear arguments in a challenge to the state’s wrongful birth law when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court convenes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Brewer City Solicitor Joel Dearborn talks about the many steps the city took in the foreclosure of 91 Longmeadow Drive.

Brewer solicitor pleads guilty to drunken driving in June

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 06, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
Longtime Brewer city solicitor Joel A. Dearborn Sr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to a drunken driving charge and paid a $700 fine in a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Survivors played by Meredith Gosselin (from left), Matt Hurley, Melody Bates and Jason Martin recall an episode of "The Simpsons" in Opera House Arts' production of "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play."

Opera House Arts premieres eye-popping ‘Mr. Burns’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 31, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Directors Sarah Gazdowicz and Meg Taintor, the organization’s producing artistic director, create a strong ensemble that allows every actor a moment in the spotlight.

Portland firm admits illegally importing 48,000 pounds of sea urchins

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 27, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A local firm pleaded guilty to importing seafood from a Canadian firm not licensed under Canadian law to export sea urchins, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Jogger from Florida struck on Harrison road

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 8:09 p.m.
A 34-year-old jogger from Florida was struck shortly before 9 a.m. Friday on Haskell Hill Road, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. William Fuller, whose hometown was not released, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with life-threatening traumatic injuries, Capt. Scott Stewart said …

Teen accused of leading police on chase in stolen van

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
Gardiner police and a Maine State Police trooper joined the pursuit as the juvenile allegedly reached speeds of nearly 90 mph.

Man accused of exposing self in Augusta park where children play

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:18 p.m.
Wayne Smith, 65, was charged with indecent conduct, a Class E crime, Maj. Jared Mills said Friday in a press release.
The 2013 Nissan Versa, owned by Eric Finnerty, 26, of Milton, Massachusetts, was demolished Thursday, when it left Harpswell Neck Road and struck a tree. Finnerty suffered serious leg injuries.

Man suffers serious leg injuries in Harpswell crash

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.
A Massachusetts man suffered serious leg injuries when he failed to negotiate a curve on Harpswell Neck Road and struck a tree.
Brian Vance

Sanford man accused of trafficking in heroin mixed with fentanyl

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
The estimated street value of the drug is $1,500.
Workers move tables into an area to be set up for the annual American Folk Festival on Thursday on the Bangor Waterfront. The festival kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday.

American Folk Festival has been a game changer for Bangor

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 25, 2016, at 6:19 p.m.
“I think the biggest impact was the way people thought about what Bangor could do on the waterfront.”
Peter Tardiff

Man arrested in Holden with 1,000 bags of heroin valued at $15,000

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 25, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.
A Hampden man is facing a drug trafficking charge after police found more than 1,000 bags of heroin and an assortment of prescription medications in his possession, according to the Maine State Police.
Francis Murphy

Maine man, 83, indicted in connection with assault on companion

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 24, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
An 83-year-old man arrested in June after allegedly attacking his 85-year-old companion and attempting to strangle her was indicted.
The cast of "The Irish and How They Got That Way" (left to right) Peter Cormican, Charis Leos, Curt Dale Clark and Cary Michele Miller raise a glass with fiddler Ernest Sauceda. The musical by Frank McCourt is a collaboration between Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage.

Two Maine theaters collaborate for stunning production of ‘The Irish’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 24, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
“The Irish,” a musical history lesson on the Emerald Isle and its people’s experience as immigrants in America, is perfect for Portland’s intimate space.
James Cameron

Appeals court upholds sentence of ex-prosecutor on porn charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Monday upheld the nearly 14-year sentence being served by Maine’s former top drug prosecutor on child pornography possession charges.

Man gets 2 years for heroin trafficking in Milo area

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
A Milo man was sentenced to two years in prison on charges stemming from heroin trafficking in the Milo area.
Travis Mills (center) with Ann and Gov. Paul LePage after the first lady and Mills successfully parachuted with the All Veteran Parachute team as part of the Freedom Fest in Fort Kent, Aug. 9, 2014.

Tools stolen from site of future veterans retreat center in Maine

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
Tools were stolen over the weekend from the construction site at the veterans’ retreat center founded by Travis Mills, a veteran of the Afghanistan war.

Trio arrested in Portland for armed robbery, assaulting woman

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
The trio was arrested about 2:30 a.m. after police officers heard a 24-year-old woman screaming for help near Congress and Franklin streets.
Gordon H. Smith, 39, of Brewer.

Man accused of breaking into Brewer senior housing complex

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.
The man was by the Penobscot County grand jury in January in connection with other thefts at the same facility in November.
John Coyle, 31, of Jackman suffered serious head injuries Saturday night when his 2005 Subaru Legacy stuck a moose on Route 201.

Man in critical condition after he hits moose on way home from Skowhegan fair

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 11:42 a.m.
A Jackman man suffered serious head injuries late Saturday when the car he was driving struck a moose.