Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 

Bangor woman involved in bath salts distribution ring gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to a little more than a year in jail or time served for her role in a 2011 conspiracy to distribute the synthetic drug known as bath salts in Penobscot County. Tina Keaton, 32, also known as …

Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar sets deadlines for clients to retrieve suspended lawyers’ files

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar on Thursday set deadlines for former clients of two suspended lawyers to retrieve files. The files of Dale Thistle, whose law office was in Newport, and William B. Cote, whose practice was in Lewiston, are being held by other …

Jury finds Bangor officers did not use excessive force in 2011 arrest outside bar

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury found Friday that two Bangor police officers did not use excessive force when they arrested an Aroostook County man more than two years ago in the parking lot outside a dance club. The jury of five men and three women deliberated for about an …

Jury begins deliberating in case alleging excessive force by Bangor police officers

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Deliberations began about 11:30 a.m. Friday in a federal civil trial over two Bangor police officers’ alleged use of excessive force when they arrested an Aroostook County man more than two years ago in the parking lot outside a dance club. Samuel G. Cyr, 28, of Moro …
Abraham Lluberes

Last defendant in Ohio Street crack cocaine ring guilty of drug conspiracy, not gun charge

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury Thursday found a New York City man guilty of drug charges connected with a drug distribution ring that operated out of adjoining Ohio Street apartments in 2010 and 2011 but not guilty on a related gun charge after deliberating for about 90 minutes. Kelvin …
Apolinar Islas Ortiz

Houston man who supplied Van Buren man with cocaine sentenced to more than 14 years

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —The Houston man convicted by a federal jury last year of being part of a drug ring that funneled cocaine from Texas to Canada through Maine was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Wednesday in U.S. District Court Apolinar “Polo” Ortiz Islas, 43, was convicted …
Lucus Qualey

Bangor man gets six months for assaulting ex-girlfriend, car theft

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 13, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 30-year-old man pleaded no contest Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges related to an altercation with a former girlfriend last year and the theft of a Chevrolet Camaro last month. In a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office, Lucus Qualey of …

Civil trial over Bangor officers’ alleged use of excessive force begins in federal court

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A civil jury trial pitting an Aroostook County man against two Bangor police officers he accuses of using excessive force when arresting him on Dec. 3, 2011, began Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Samuel G. Cyr, 28, of Moro Plantation sued Officer Joseph Baillargeon and Deputy Chief …
Michael J. Tardiff

Old Town man involved in bath salts distribution ring not joining his son in federal prison

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town man will not be joining his son in federal prison for being part of a bath salts distribution ring in 2011, a judge said Tuesday. Michael “Bub” Tardiff Sr., 54, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to time served or nearly a year in …

Connecticut man arrested in Acadia after threatening to cut park ranger’s throat

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A man arrested Sunday in Acadia National Park after threatening to cut the throat of a park ranger appeared late Monday in U.S. District Court on a variety of charges. Graham MacPherson, 51, of Manchester, Connecticut, was charged with interfering with an agency function, disorderly conduct, violation …
Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Bangor Police Department and Bangor Special Response Team execute search warrants on Ohio Street on Nov. 2, 2011, following several months of a drug investigation.

Trial of last defendant in Bangor crack cocaine case begins with convicted co-defendant refusing to testify

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The trial of the last defendant arrested in connection with a drug distribution ring that operated from September 2010 through October 2011 out of adjoining Ohio Street apartments began Monday in U.S. District Court with a convicted co-defendant refusing to take the stand. Kelvin Mally, 21, of …

Man, woman charged in connection with Hermon robbery, burglary last month

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A man and woman accused of being accomplices last month to a Hermon resident who allegedly robbed one man of his medical marijuana with a machete and burglarized another’s home made their first appearances Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Rachel Burrows, 28, of Glenburn and John …
Carl E. Smith

Ex-Howland police chief pleads not guilty to sex charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former Howland police chief who has been jailed since May for allegedly sexually abusing five-year-old twin girls earlier this year pleaded not guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Carl E. Smith, …
Ryan Lomberg

Suspended hockey player convicted of disorderly conduct

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A suspended University of Maine hockey player was convicted Monday of disorderly conduct but his future with the team appears to be uncertain. Ryan Lomberg 19, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, did not appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center. His attorney, Peter Cyr of Portland, also was not …
Steven Cronk

Hermon man recently released from prison charged with stealing medical marijuana

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A man released from prison less than three months ago was back before a judge Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center accused of new crimes. Steven A. Cronk, 30, of Hermon was charged with one count each of robbery, burglary and stealing drugs and two counts of …

Bangor man accused of punching dog arrested on drug charge

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 31-year-old man charged last week after allegedly making threats against a woman during an argument and assaulting her dog was arrested Sunday in Lincoln County on drug possession and other charges. Antonio Gordon of Bangor was charged in Lincoln County with one count each of unlawful …
Seth Bradstreet III

Federal judge sides with former Maine agriculture commissioner in lawsuit over Dixmont dairy farm’s shutdown

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge has ruled against a former dairy farmer, whose Dixmont operation was deemed one of the worst in the state, and in favor of the ex-state agriculture commissioner in a civil lawsuit, according to information filed on the court’s electronic case filing system. Carl McCue …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine to get $445,000 in settlement over misleading drug promotion

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine will receive about $445,000 of a multistate $35 million settlement with Pfizer Inc. to resolve allegations that its parent company Wyeth unlawfully promoted Rapamune, a drug used to prevent organ rejection after kidney transplant surgery, according to Attorney General Janet Mills. Maine’s portion of the money …
The Rev. Ron Sider, founder of Evangelicals for Social Action

Role of faith in social justice issues theme of Columbia Street Baptist conference

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The role faith can play in social justice issues in local communities and the world will be the topic of this year’s Insight Conference, set for Aug. 22-24, and sponsored by Columbia Street Baptist Church. The theme of the three-day meeting is “Turning the Page,” the Rev. …
Jean Leonard Teganya

Man arrested near Houlton complicit in deaths of 200 at Rwandan hospital 20 years ago

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A man arrested Sunday on a warrant out of Canada was found by a Canadian court to be complicit in the deaths of 200 people of Tutsi ethnicity in 1994 at a Rwandan hospital where he was an intern, according to Canadian news reports. Jean Leonard Teganya, …
 
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