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Cutler man indicted on manslaughter charge in crash that killed Millinocket teacher

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler man charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27 death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operation under the influence …
Glenn Geiser Jr., used car dealer of My Maine Ride who was sued by the Maine Attorney General earlier this year, agreed to seven year license suspension.

My Maine Ride owner agrees to 7-year license suspension, reimburse consumers up to $30,000

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The used car dealer sued by the Maine attorney general’s office earlier this year for unfair and deceptive trade practices has agreed to the suspension of his license to own a used car business for seven years and to reimburse consumers up to $30,000 for repairs to …
Wyatt Higgins-Tripp

Orono man pleads guilty to 15 of 135 sex abuse charges involving 4 victims

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Orono man pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to multiple charges in connection with the sexual abuse of five boys between 2004 and 2012. Wyatt Higgins-Tripp, 40, pleaded guilty to 15 of the 135 charges on which he was indicted. In a plea agreement …

Pennsylvania man denies selling fake cellphone covers in Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man charged in U.S. District Court with selling to a Maine buyer fake cellphone covers made to look like OtterBox-brand covers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Michael Kurnik, 25, of …
Nicholas Hutchinson, 25, was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but 9 years suspended, followed by four years of probation.

Medway man to serve 9 years for Greenbush robbery, also sentenced for jail fight with convicted murderer

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Medway man convicted of robbing and beating a Greenbush woman and pepper spraying one of her children nearly two years ago during a home invasion was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but nine years suspended, followed by …
Jaime Meservey, 37, a Palmyra woman who was convicted of stealing more than $20,000 from the Sebasticook Valley Community Center in Newport was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Palmyra woman to serve 4 months for theft of more than $20,000 from Newport rec center

By Judy Harrison on July 29, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Palmyra woman who was convicted of stealing more than $20,000 from the Sebasticook Valley Community Center in Newport was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to three years in prison with all but four months suspended. Jaime Meservey, 37, also was sentenced to one year …
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph M. Jabar and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills look out an upper-story window at the new Capital Judicial Center under construction in Augusta on Thursday. The corner room may become Jabar's office.

$55 million Capital Judicial Center to unite Augusta courts, judicial offices

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph Jabar on Thursday peered out the window of his future office on the fourth floor of the $55 million Capital Judicial Center at downtown Augusta and the Kennebec River, which splits the city. “I grew up in Waterville between the tracks …

Power may not be restored until midnight in parts of Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
More than 1,100 households and businesses were without power as of 9 p.m. Sunday in Bangor, northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, and Aroostook County, according to Emera Maine. Power was not expected to be restored in Bangor until midnight. Crews were working to restore power in Bangor because of a …
Organ restorer A. David Moore (left) tests the sound quality of an existing pipe, while his assistant Bill Heenehan watches, on June 16 at Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor.

Estate of man who left church over loss of pipe organ to fund refurbished Hook organ in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Waldo McClure “Mac” Libbey was so angry 50 years ago when the pipe organ at Hammond Street Congregational Church was mothballed for a modern electric organ that he left the congregation. In his will, Libbey righted that wrong. He left the church $183,000 to be used only …
The leather helmet belonging to Bangor firefighter David Rudolph was returned Saturday to the Main Street station after it went missing Friday.

Bangor firefighter’s helmet that went missing at the fair found after Facebook plea for its return

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor firefighter’s leather helmet disappeared late Friday at the Bangor State Fair where he was working a four-hour shift with others just in case there was an emergency at the fairgrounds. After a plea seeking its return was posted on Facebook, the black leather helmet bearing the …
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Constitution Coalition of Maine spokesperson Phil Merletti gives a presentation Saturday at the Hampden municipal building.

Constitution Coalition seminar in Hampden draws 9 like-minded citizens, no lawmakers

By Judy Harrison on July 26, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — The people who most needed to hear what members of the Constitution Coalition of Maine had to teach them did not show up Saturday afternoon for a seminar on the Maine Constitution held at the Hampden municipal building on Western Avenue, according to organizers. Instead of the …

Oakland man who claims he was not hired because of epilepsy files discrimination lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on July 26, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Oakland man has sued an international manufacturing firm in U.S. District Court claiming he was discriminated against when it was learned that he has epilepsy. Barry E. Kot, 49, was offered a job in August 2013 as a machine operator at Waterville location of Huhtamaki Inc., …
Lucus J. Qualey

Bangor man charged with stealing Camaro to remain jailed

By Judy Harrison on July 25, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a local man arrested Thursday after he allegedly stole a Chevrolet Camaro from a Bangor residence and drove it onto Interstate 95, where he ditched it in Old Town before fleeing into the nearby woods. He is not …

Skowhegan man accused of ‘barking like a dog’ at his supervisor files federal lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on July 25, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Skowhegan man on Wednesday sued his former employer, Pan Am Railways, Inc., in U.S. District Court alleging that the corporation medically discriminated against him by requiring him to pay for an expensive brain specialist before he could return to work. David Crockett worked for the railroad …
Maine Deputy Attorney General William Stokes smiles, and his wife Diane Doyen applauds, as the Judiciary Committee unanimously votes to recommend him for a judgeship on the Superior Court in Augusta on Thursday.

Judiciary committee endorses nominees to state Supreme Court, Superior Court

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously endorsed the nominations of a seasoned jurist to Maine’s highest court and the state’s top prosecutor to replace him. In May, Gov. Paul LePage nominated Superior Court Justice Jeffrey L. Hjelm, 58, of Camden to replace Jon Levy, who is …
Rev. Becky Gunn

Unitarian Universalist minister who worked for marriage equality retires after 6 years in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When the Rev. Becky Gunn was hired by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor six years ago, she had one thing in common with one of her predecessors who had served the Park Street church in the mid-19th century. Gunn, like the Rev. Amory Battles when he …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage avoids partisan politics when it comes to judicial appointments

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Bangor lawyer Aaron Frey and other Democrats in the legal community were worried when Gov. Paul LePage took office 3½ years ago about whether he would place politics above putting a deliberate, thoughtful person on the bench when nominating lawyers to be judges. “Those concerns were never …
Jeffrey Barnard

Arraignment delayed for Ellsworth man shot in the face

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The arraignment of an Ellsworth man who exchanged gunfire with police during an overnight standoff that ended when he was shot in the face last month was delayed Tuesday for two weeks because of the defendant’s health problems. Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, was scheduled to plead not …
Philip McIntyre

Bangor man involved in home invasion in which companion was fatally shot to serve 6 years

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man whose companion was fatally shot during a home invasion in 2012 pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to four charges and will serve six years behind bars. Philip McIntyre , 22, of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count each of Class A …

Bucksport woman sentenced for embezzling nearly $3 million from bank accounts

By Judy Harrison on July 22, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Bucksport woman who admitted to embezzling nearly $3 million from a Maine bank and not reporting the stolen income on her tax returns was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to eight years and one month in federal prison. Lynn M. Bowden, 62, also was sentenced …
 
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