Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Justices uphold dismissal of lawsuit over bear baiting question

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit concerning the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s campaign activities in opposition to a question about bear baiting on the November 2014 ballot.
Keith Suitter

Medical examiner testifies hammer was used in slaying of Houlton man

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2016, at 6:46 p.m.
A hearing to determine whether the now 17-year-old accused of killing a man will be tried as an adult or a juvenile will continue Tuesday.
Eileen Carver checks her hand during the Hampden Kiwanis Club monthly Texas Hold'em Tournament Saturday. The tournament costs $103 to buy in and helps raise funds for the club's charity efforts.

Poker players raise money for charity at Hampden Kiwanis

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
The Hampden Kiwanis holds a game once a month September through May as a fundraiser to support its work in the community.
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Family and friends of Judi Therianos of Alfred had not heard from her since March 11.

Remains found in Florida identified as missing Alfred woman

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
The remains of an Alfred woman missing since March 14 have been found in Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Rev. Frank J. Murray blesses commercial fishing boats at Boothbay Harbor.

Native son ‘Father Frank’ returning to hometown to lead Catholic churches

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
The Rev. Frank J. Murray will return to his hometown this summer to serve as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced Saturday.
Participants make their way from Hampden Academy to the Bangor Waterfront in part of the annual Hike for the Homeless Saturday.

More than 1,100 Hike for the Homeless as shelter demand remains high

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
The mild winter hasn’t lessened demand at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Executive Director Rowena Griffin said as the 21st Hike for the Homeless wound down Saturday.
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Cheryl Michaud, owner of West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse, stands outside the location of her business in West Market Square on Feb. 23. The coffee shop is set to open Monday.

Opening set for coffeehouse replacing bar at ‘Hotel Impossible’ inn downtown

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
The West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse, located in the Charles Inn, will open at 7 a.m. Monday.
A still frame from a patrol officer's camera shows Bangor police carrying Phillip A. McCue to a patrol car Sept. 12, 2012, after using a stun gun to subdue him during an arrest. McCue later died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Jury may decide if Bangor police used excessive force with stun gun

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2016, at 8:54 a.m.
A jury most likely will decide whether Bangor police used excessive force when officers used a stun gun to subdue a man under the influence of bath salts who later died after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal.

Windham man gets day in jail for illegally crossing US border

By Judy Harrison on April 08, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
The Windham man had crossed the border from New Brunswick into Maine after spending a few days in the province to see a dentist.
Kyle Dube can be seen during the final day of his trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine high court upholds conviction of Nichole Cable’s killer

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously upheld the conviction of Kyle Dube in the 2013 murder and kidnapping of a Glenburn teen.
Merrill “Mike” Kimball arrives in court for sentencing in Portland for the October 2013 murder of Leon Kelley, June 5, 2015.

Supreme court asked to overturn murder conviction in bee farm slaying

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Merrill “Mike” Kimball, who is serving a 25-year sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren, is seeking a new trial or to be exonerated and released. He was convicted by a Cumberland County jury in April 2015.

Court system warns of another phone scam seeking personal info

By Judy Harrison on April 06, 2016, at 7:45 p.m.
PORTLAND | The spokeswoman for the Maine court system warned the public Wednesday about a new phone call fraud scheme involving “con artists” who claim to work for the court system. The callers seek personal information that may allow identity theft, Mary Ann Lynch said Wednesday in an email. …

Gardiner man gets 5 years for robbing two pharmacies

By Judy Harrison on April 06, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
A Gardiner man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to five years in federal prison for his role in two pharmacy robberies last year in the Augusta area.
Bangor residents clear snow in this February 2016 file photo.

Record low temperature set in Bangor as storm heads toward Maine

By Judy Harrison on April 06, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
A record low temperature of 13 degrees was set Wednesday morning in the Queen City.
Bangor police and investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency are investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab at a Hammond Street apartment Wednesday.

Police investigate suspected meth lab in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on April 06, 2016, at 1:52 p.m.
Local police and investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency are investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab at a Hammond Street apartment.
Waleed Rahmatullah (center), University of Maine Arabic teacher Yahya Elsayed (left) and advisor for the Muslim Students' Association Hina Hashmi staff the Muslim Students' Association table on Monday in the Memorial Union at the University of Maine in Orono.

Orono mosque, Muslim student group offer faith, culture events

By Judy Harrison on March 28, 2016, at 5:29 p.m.
Other activities will include henna tattoos, Arabic name writing and hijab wrapping at the Muslim Students’ Association’s table in the Memorial Union.
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Organ restorer A. David Moore (left) tests the note of an organ pipe for St. John Catholic Church music director Kevin Birch (right). Birch aided the Hammond Street Congregational Church's years-long quest to restore their pipe organ by directing them toward an organ in Boston. "There are so many stories of heartbreak that people regretted what they lost,"  Birch said. "This is one of those very rare situations where they were able to recover some continuity from what had been a very beautiful situation."

After decades of silence, hear Bangor church’s pipe organ play again

By Judy Harrison on March 26, 2016, at 7:54 a.m.
On Easter Sunday, for the first time in 50 years, the voices of the faithful inside the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor will be joined by the intonations of a pipe organ.

Getchell Agency files for bankruptcy, blames state government

By Darren Fishell and Judy Harrison on March 25, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
“I cannot continue to move forward shackled by mounting legal fees and under constant threat of multimillion-dollar judgments over which only the state has control.”
Willie W. Harper

Man who testified in Bangor murder trial facing drug charges

By Judy Harrison on March 24, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
A Guilford man who testified in a 2010 murder trial is facing drug charges in U.S. District Court and was denied bail Wednesday. Willie W. Harper, 47, pleaded not guilty last week to one count each of distribution of oxycodone and distribution of heroin in August 2015. …

Greenbush man indicted on multiple sex charges

By Judy Harrison on March 23, 2016, at 6:33 p.m.
A Greenbush man was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury on multiple sex charges.