Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 

2 charged in connection with Maine armed home invasion

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
Sean Ludden, 47, of Clinton and Matthew Almeida, 30, of Pittsfield were charged with robbery, a Class A crime.
Isaac Bray

BSO, university choruses give rousing performance of ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2017, at 4:22 p.m.
Under Lucas Richman’s baton, the orchestra and chorus gave one of the richest and most robust performances during their many years collaborating.
Dakota

Dog pardoned by LePage gets 11th hour reprieve from kill order

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
Dakota, the husky pardoned by Gov. Paul LePage, got an 11th hour reprieve late Tuesday.
POLL QUESTION
Dakota was pardoned in March by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the Husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

Judge refuses to spare life of Dakota, dog pardoned by LePage

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Judge Valerie Stanfill found that Maine law requires that a dog be euthanized after it is declared a dangerous dog and it attacks again.
Dakota was pardoned recently by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

State animal welfare department defends dog pardoned by LePage

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s animal welfare program on Monday came to the defense of the dog, saying she is now less dangerous.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has denounced the recent arrest by ICE agents of an immigrant in a Portland courthouse.

Janet Mills warns ICE courthouse arrests could have a ‘chilling effect’ in Maine

By Judy Harrison on April 10, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
Maine’s top prosecutor has urged the head of Homeland Security to stop arresting immigrants in and around Maine courthouses.
Abdi Ali, 28, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a Portland courthouse following his arraignment for a drunk driving charge.

Maine attorneys to ICE: Stop courthouse arrests

By Judy Harrison on April 10, 2017, at 3:46 p.m.
“No one should be afraid to seek justice because of his or her immigration status.”
Beth Clark (left) helps Emma Eckert, 11, with her origami swan during the 23rd HOPE Festival at the University of Maine Student Recreation & Fitness Center in Orono Saturday. This year's theme was: "Creating the Future: Art and Social Change" and featured a variety of interactive projects.

HOPE festival’s date change makes it more popular than ever with kids

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
“We decided to move it to earlier in April and it seems to have worked. We’ve seen a lot more families with children this year.”
Participants make their way from Bangor High School to the Bangor Waterfront as part of the annual Hike for the Homeless Saturday.

Hike for Homeless a ‘great way to help out the community’

By Judy Harrison on April 08, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
“Money raised through this event helps our organization provide the essential services our guests need including food, shelter, crisis intervention and connections to services, including medical and psychiatric care.”
Henry A. Eichman

Founder of Midcoast Youth Theater facing new sexual assault charges

By Judy Harrison on April 08, 2017, at 9:02 a.m.
The founder of the Midcoast Youth Theater previously charged with 16 sex charges against children was indicted on one count each of unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.
Nicholas Sexton at his 2014 trial.

Maine’s high court rejects man’s appeal in Bangor triple murder case

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
Nicholas Sexton, 36, was found guilty by a Penobscot County jury in May 2014 of murder in the death of Nicolle Lugdon, 24, of Eddington and of arson in August 2012 in Bangor.
127 Hammond St.

City threatens to condemn former YMCA, force out church

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
The move would displace tenants CityReach Church and a martial arts studio on April 19 if a sprinkler system is not made operational and fire safety upgrades aren’t made.
REVIEW

Mad Horse Theatre presents delightfully irreverent tale of Judas Iscariot’s last days

By Judy Harrison on April 05, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
At its heart, the two-act play, first performed in 2005, is about the nature of forgiveness — human and divine.

Former Maine tax collector to serve 6 months for stealing $118,000

By Judy Harrison on April 04, 2017, at 5:28 p.m.
In addition to prison time, Ann Marie Williams, 52, of Falmouth was sentenced to three years of supervised release ordered to pay $118,000 in restitution.
Dustin Brown

Maine’s high court upholds conviction of man who caused son’s 2012 death

By Judy Harrison on April 04, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously upheld the conviction of a Bangor man found guilty of manslaughter.
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St.

Penobscot County signs contract to buy former YMCA for $825,000

By Judy Harrison on April 04, 2017, at 11:50 a.m.
Penobscot County has signed a contract to pay $825,000 for the former YMCA rather than take the building by eminent domain.

Man arrested, accused of walking across railroad trestle to avoid Canadian customs

By Judy Harrison on April 04, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Ohio man allegedly told the agent that he entered Canada illegally on July 16 and had been travelling around the country since then.

Protesters arrested at christening ceremony at BIW

By Judy Harrison on April 01, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
Nine protesters ranging in age from 37 to 92 were arrested Saturday morning at the christening of the future USS Thomas Hudner at Bath Iron Works, according to local police.
Audley Smith of Kingston, Jamaica, worked at Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast.

King, Collins support bill to reform H-2B visa process for seasonal help from abroad

By Judy Harrison on April 01, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, have introduced legislation aimed at making substantive reforms to the H-2B visa program that allows foreign workers to take seasonal non-agricultural jobs in the U.S.
A jogger runs along Portland's Back Cove Trail through the snow April 1, 2017.

April Fools’ storm dumps more than foot of snow in parts of Portland

By Judy Harrison on April 01, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
An April Fools’ Day snow storm had dumped heavy wet snow on southern and western areas of the state but left northern Maine unscathed by late morning Saturday.