Stories about John Woodcock

Angela Amy Curtis

Bangor woman gets 3½ years for mail and identity thefts

By Dawn Gagnon on July 12, 2012, at 8:45 p.m.
A Bangor woman who admitted stealing mail in seven area communities in search of checks and credit cards that she used to fuel her gambling and drug addictions was sentenced Thursday to 3½ years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Angela Amy …
A panel from the mural Gov. Paul LePage ordered removed from the Department of Labor lobby.

Notice of appeal in LePage’s removal of labor mural filed in Boston court

By Judy Harrison on April 24, 2012, at 3:34 p.m.
PORTLAND | The legal battle over the removal of a mural from the Maine Department of Labor has moved to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The notice of appeal was filed in Boston on April 18 and docketed two days later, according to a press release issued …
The first three panels of artist Judy Taylor's labor mural that Gov. Paul LePage had removed from the Maine Department of Labor offices in Augusta.

Fate of labor mural in hands of federal judge

By Judy Harrison on March 01, 2012, at 7:11 p.m.
BANGOR | The fate of a 36-foot mural depicting Maine’s labor history is now in the hands of a federal judge. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock will decide whether the artwork is government speech or private speech under the First Amendment in a lawsuit filed last year over the …
Nancy Torresen

First woman sworn in as U.S. District Court judge in Maine

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 11, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
BANGOR | The first female U.S. District Court judge in Maine was sworn in Tuesday during an informal ceremony, according to information on the website for U.S. District Court in Maine. Nancy Torresen, 51, of Bangor was confirmed Oct. 3 by the U.S. Senate. A former federal prosecutor, Torresen …
Dr. Robert Grover stands outside Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after giving his victim statement during Dawn Zehrung's sentencing Monday afternoon, Aug. 22, 2011. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock sentenced Zehrung to 37 months in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to health care fraud earlier this year. Dr. Grover hired Zehrung as a billing clerk for his practice, Bangor Women's Health Care, promoting her to billing manager in the summer of 2008.

Woman ordered to serve more than 3 years for health care fraud

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge Monday used a baseball analogy in sentencing a Dover-Foxcroft woman convicted of stealing from three different employers in less than 10 years to three years and one month in federal prison. Dawn Zehrung, 38, also known as Dawn Hull and Dawn Grover, pleaded guilty …

Man who traded gun for drugs sentenced to 10 months behind bars

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 19, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.
BANGOR | Matthew Carrier, who pleaded guilty on April 1 to being an addicted person in possession of a firearm, was caught speeding a month later, and that didn’t help his case when a federal judge sentenced him Friday. “That’s a big mistake,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said …
The first three panels of artist Judy Taylor's labor mural that Gov. Paul LePage had removed from the Maine Department of Labor offices in Augusta.

Fight over labor mural removal by LePage not over yet

By Eric Russell on July 16, 2011, at 2:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The drawn-out battle over public access to a mural removed this spring from the Department of Labor at the request of Gov. Paul LePage — a decision that drew national attention — is entering a new chapter. Last month, Maine’s attorney general submitted a request for summary …

Belfast brothers plead guilty to being part of cocaine distribution ring

By Judy Harrison on July 11, 2011, at 6:27 p.m.
BANGOR | Two Belfast brothers admitted Monday to being part of a cocaine distribution ring in Waldo County. Christopher Hurley, 29, and Matthew Hurley, 26, pleaded guilty in back-to-back hearings in U.S. District Court to one count each of conspiracy with the intent to distribute and distribution of 500 …
Joined by supporter Mike Noyes, right, of Cherryfield, Vicki Barnard, left, of Gouldsboro, wife of Jeffrey Barnard, carted legal documents across Harlow Street on her way to a hearing for her husband in U.S. District Court Tuesday morning, May 17, 2011. Jeffrey Barnard, 47, of Gouldsboro made an appearance in U.S. District Court in Bangor Tuesday, May 17 hoping for leniency for repeated use of marijuana while on federal probation. He has a medical marijuana registration card so he can use marijuana to help alleviate his medical issues.

Gouldsboro man gets time served for smoking pot he says is for medical problems

By Judy Harrison on May 17, 2011, at 3:47 p.m.
BANGOR | A Gouldsboro resident left U.S. District Court a free man Tuesday after a federal judge sentenced him to six months, or time served, for violating his supervised release by smoking marijuana and failing to return to jail on time after a doctor’s appointment. Jeffrey P. Barnard, 47, hugged …

Maine mural litigation to go into June

The Associated Press on May 15, 2011, at 9:37 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Litigation over Gov. Paul LePage’s order to remove a mural depicting a labor theme from state offices will continue to at least mid-June. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they held a conference May 3 with U.S. District Judge Woodcock and state attorneys to determine the next steps …

Judge rules in favor of LePage, says mural can stay in closet

By Judy Harrison on April 22, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge refused Friday to order Gov. Paul LePage to return a mural depicting the history of labor to a state office building in Augusta. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock agreed with LePage that the removal of the mural was “a constitutionally permissible exercise of …
Angela Roy

Woman gets 10 months for arranging sham weddings

By Judy Harrison on April 13, 2011, at 6:35 p.m.
BANGOR | The Sabattus woman who enlisted more than a dozen other Mainers, including family and friends, to enter into sham marriages with immigrants was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 months in prison. Angela Roy, 37, sobbed as a federal judge described her role as a …

Lewiston woman sentenced to 6 months for marriage fraud

By Judy Harrison on April 04, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR | A Dover-Foxcroft native was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to six months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Torri Roy Patterson, 32, of Lewiston was the first of nearly a dozen people expected to be sentenced for being part of a …

James Cameron’s statement at his sentencing

By Judy Harrison on March 10, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.
BANGOR | James Cameron, 48, of Hallowell read the following statement to U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Thursday shortly before the judge sentenced Cameron to 16 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. The statement was provided to the Bangor Daily News by Cameron’s attorney, Michael Cunniff …

Federal judge says lawsuit against DHHS now class action

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 02, 2011, at 7:13 p.m.
BANGOR | More than 40 Maine residents with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other related conditions will join a lawsuit seeking to force the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to provide opportunities for them to live independently outside of nursing homes. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Monday …