Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Sergei Babayan

BSO’s ‘Scheherazade’ transports concertgoers to the nights of Arabia

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 15, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.
The Down East Community Hospital as seen from Court Street in Machias in this January 2008 file photo.

Court rejects reinstatement of suspension of nurse who discharged patient later found dead in snow

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
John S. Zablotny of Steuben was the nursing supervisor on duty at Down East Community Hospital in Machias on Jan. 1, 2008, when patient Reid Emery, 61, of Eastport asked to be discharged against his doctor’s advice.
Matthew Davis, who was convicted of murdering an Oakfield couple in 2013, reads from a prepared statement during his sentencing on Friday in Houlton Superior Court in Houlton.

Man sentenced to life for Oakfield slayings, crime spree in 2013

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Matthew Davis was convicted of shooting to death Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared, setting their house ablaze and fleeing in a stolen pickup truck.

Ex-probate judge says ‘enough already’ to proposed sanction

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:03 p.m.
The Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability has recommended former York County Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau pay a $10,000 fine and be barred from sitting on the bench again.

Canadian trucker who caused serious accident on I-95 gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 4:10 p.m.
Dario Dosen, 49, of Stratford, Prince Edward Island, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving to endanger.
Actors perform a scene from "Lumberjacks in Love," the new musical opening Feb. 2 at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor.

Bangor embraces silly, sappy ‘Lumberjacks in Love’ at Opera House

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The best moments in “Lumberjacks in Love” are when the men harmonize on the title song, “Bachelors Prayer,” and others as if they are in a barbershop quartet.
Kirk Dephilippo

2 men charged in connection with 3 Bangor robberies

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 07, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
All three robberies occurred on Nov. 25, the press release said. Two were at homes in Bangor, and the third was at Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hermon.
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. when it was purchased in May 2013 by William Buxton.

Church objects to YMCA sale as county sets eminent domain hearing date

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 07, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
Penobscot County Commissioners on Tuesday set March 21 as the date for a public hearing to determine whether the county will use eminent domain to take the former YMCA building to relieve overcrowding at the nearby jail.

Ex-postal carrier to pay more than $1,100 in restitution for stealing mail in Orono

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:31 p.m.
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. as seen in May 2013 when it was purchased by William Buxton.

Commissioners to consider taking old Bangor YMCA through eminent domain

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 06, 2017, at 3:25 p.m.
The Penobscot County Commissioners on Tuesday will discuss acquiring by eminent domain the former YMCA, according to Chairman Peter Baldacci of Bangor.

Woman to serve year in prison for stealing from elderly bank customers

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 03, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
By pleading guilty, she admitted to transferring the money in and out of the customers’ accounts and taking the cash.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Maine supreme court to consider more improper conduct by ex-probate judge

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 03, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court next week will consider a former York County probate judge’s appeal of the most recent ruling that concluded he violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Standish man sues Waldoboro police over arrest for alleged ‘elder abuse’ of father

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 02, 2017, at 1:15 p.m.
Scott Jordan Jr. is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.
Maiya Koloski as Iris gives Paul Haley as Simms a hug in Mad Horse Theatre Company's production of "The Nether." Jennifer Haley's play questions the consequences of living out dark impulses in a virtual world.

‘The Nether’ questions whether virtual connections beat real-life ones

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 02, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
As technology evolves, which will be more meaningful — encounters in the real world or those experienced in virtual ones? That is one of many questions raised in Jennifer Haley’s 90-minute, one-act play “The Nether.”
Earl Huntley

Hampden man to serve 9 years for sex assault on girls his mother babysat

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 01, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
Boy Scouts of America hold the American Flag during the national anthem before the game between the Orlando Magic and the Memphis Grizzlies at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, in this December 2016 file photo.

Boy Scouts in Maine will try to balance religious values, needs of transgender children

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:39 p.m.
“We hope that the change in our approach in determining eligibility will enable us to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible, and we encourage all interested, eligible youth to apply.”
Bishop Robert Deeley

Maine’s religious leaders condemn Trump’s immigration ban

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 30, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
Bishop Robert Deeley, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, called on everyone to show “our concern and solidarity” for immigrants and refugees in Maine.
The inside of St. John Catholic Church in Bangor as seen on Feb. 4, 2015.

Maine clergy, lay leaders learn how to plan for an active shooter in churches

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 29, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
“We want to be as prepared as we can be,” the Rev. Joe Dressler said. “We want to provide as much safety as possible.”
Kayla Doherty, 23, with her 17-month-old son Blake Doherty at her mother's Pittsfield home.

Woman who sued over wrongful birth may not recover damages, court says

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 26, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
The birth control device was never inserted in her arm.
Cedric Butler

Boston pair indicted for trafficking crack cocaine in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.