Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Dustin Brown, 21, of Bangor at the Penobscot Judicial Center, Nov. 17, 2015.

Father guilty of causing baby’s death seeks to have conviction reversed

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 24, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court next week will consider whether the manslaughter conviction of Dustin Brown in the death of his 3-month-old son, Xander Brown, on Nov. 25, 2012, should be set aside.
Andrea Irwin, executive director of the Mabel Wadsworth Center, speaks Thursday outside the office of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in support of continued funding for Planned Parenthood.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood funding present 650 signatures to Poliquin’s Bangor office

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 23, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
The rally in Bangor was one of more than 300 similar events held this week around the country, and supporters delivered petitions with more than 650 signatures in support of Planned Parenthood to Poliquin’s Bangor office
Lucas Savage

Jury finds ex-youth minister not guilty of sex crime

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 23, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.
A jury Wednesday night found a former youth pastor not guilty of a sex crime after a two-day trial at the Capital Judicial Center.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collin is seen recently at her home in Bangor.

Sen. Collins sees common ground with Trump administration on trade

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 6:39 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said that trade is an issue she can work on with the new administration even though she has concerns about the impact some of the president’s ideas might have on business relations with Canada.

Fisherman admits to fraudulently getting over $157,000 in disability benefits

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:34 p.m.
Daniel Fitzsimmons, 54, admitted that between 2002 and 2013 he and his dependants received more than $157,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance for which they did not qualify.
Anna Giroux as Babe sings "I'm Not at All in Love" in "The Pajama Game" at the University of Maine.

UMaine cast fails to overcome flaws of ‘Pajama Game’

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.
The cast and crew worked hard to give some life to “The Pajama Game,” but the cast was unable to overcome the dated and flawed story.

‘Traitor’ to community gets 2 years for selling crack cocaine

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
A sign marks the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Abol Pond Trail at Baxter State Park.

Climber, 68, dies in 1,000 foot fall in Baxter State Park

By Dawn Gagnon and Judy Harrison on Feb. 20, 2017, at 11:02 a.m.
The victim had been camping at Daicey Pond Campground with a larger group.
Espen Brungodt

Norwegian tourist who threatened to kill Portland police officers gets 15 months

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:49 p.m.
Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley

Chief justice: Courts must change to address addiction, domestic violence, document access

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:18 p.m.
“Nothing is more expensive than allowing our state to sink further into the horror and sadness of an addiction crisis.”
Rebecca Perry (left) and her daughter, Gretchen Perry, are shown in a family photo. Rebecca Perry, 38, was killed and Gretchen Perry, now 16, was severely injured on Dec. 1 in a crash in Windham. Justin Perry, Rebecca's husband and Gretchen's father, has sued Philip J. Macri, 28, of Hiram for damages. Macri has been charged with manslaughter and drunken driving.

Judge grants $2M attachment on house, assets of man charged with manslaughter

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 16, 2017, at 1:25 p.m.
A judge granted a motion for a $2 million attachment on the property of a Hiram man accused of killing a Steep Falls woman and seriously injuring her daughter in a crash while driving drunk.
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.