Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Michael J. Hashey

Ex-Old Town police officer indicted on theft, tax evasion charges

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 6:57 p.m.
Former Old Town police sergeant Michael J. Hashey is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the City of Old Town.
Robert Kenneth Lindell

Ex-legislator pleads not guilty to defrauding elderly widow out of $2 million

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Robert Kenneth Lindell Jr. is accused of bilking the money from the victim, who died in June 2012 at the age of 92, and from her estate and life insurance payout.
Mill worker Ernie Donahue (James Herrera) works on his ark while his wife Marie (AJ Mooney, far right) and neighbor Nancy Letourneau (Jennifer Shepard) discuss the impact the strike is having on Abbott Falls in Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "Papermaker."

Fine performances overcome flaws in ‘Papermaker’ script

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
Watching Monica Wood’s “Papermaker” is akin to seeing a novel come to life onstage.
Rev. Bobby Bledsoe, pastor of CityReach church, speaks at a public hearing of the Penobscot County Commissioners, informing the board that representatives from his denomination will be in town Wednesday to outbid Penobscot County in its efforts to acquire the former YMCA building where his congregation meets.

County would displace Bangor church to make way for inmates

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
“You aren’t just trying to take the building, you’re taking the livelihood and the hope and the help that many people are receiving in our ministry.”
Kathryn King

Hampden teacher second in family to sue alleging age discrimination

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2017, at 8 a.m.
A longtime Hampden Academy teacher has sued Regional School Unit 22 alleging she was passed over to be the head indoor and outdoor track coach and the job was given to a younger man with no coaching experience.
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. in a 2013 file photo.

Penobscot County may be able to buy old YMCA rather than take it by eminent domain

By Judy Harrison on March 20, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A lawsuit filed on March 10 is seeking class-action status on behalf of all the strip club dancers who work for VCG Holding Corp., which owns PT.

Federal lawsuit over strip club wages could include Maine dancers

By Judy Harrison on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
The lawsuit alleged that dancers were “misclassified” by the company as independent contractors rather than employees and were required to pay varying fees for dancing during certain hours, parking their cars and bottled water.
An architectural drawing shows what the new Catholic church, community hall and offices next to the rectory will look like when completed. The final Mass at Holy Family before it is demolished will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Final Mass at Greenville church set before demolition

By Judy Harrison on March 17, 2017, at 10:33 a.m.

Man accused of robbery while serving drug court sentence pleads not guilty

By Judy Harrison on March 17, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce has proposed a "hail Mary" in which non-violent offenders be issued summonses instead of being arrested in an effort to reduce jail overcrowding.

County sheriff throws ‘hail Mary pass’ to reduce jail overcrowding

By Judy Harrison on March 16, 2017, at 7:32 p.m.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce proposed charging law enforcement agencies $50 a day to house people accused of non-violent misdemeanors.
Joel Garland, IRS special agent in charge, speaks at a press conference announcing that eight Maine law enforcement agencies will share more than $1.1 million of the funds forfeited by Malcolm French and Haynes Timberland Inc. in the Township 37 pot plantation case.

Agencies share $1.1 million forfeited in Township 37 pot plantation case

By Judy Harrison on March 16, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Eight Maine law enforcement agencies will share more than $1.1 million of the funds forfeited in the Township 37 pot plantation case.

Warrant issued for Virgin Islands man who did not show up at trial again

By Judy Harrison on March 15, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.
A Superior Court judge issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of a former Windham man accused of financially exploiting an elderly neighbor after he did not show up for his jury trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Canadian man who worked illegally in U.S. for 38 years gets time served

By Judy Harrison on March 14, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
John D. Fraser was arrested on Nov. 20 after he attempted to cross the border in Calais.
Defense attorney Daniel Lilley of Portland talks with reporters outside the Washington County Judicial Center in December after a jury found his client Matthew Davis guilty on two counts of murder.

‘Lion of the bar’ Dan Lilley dies in Portland at the age of 79

By Judy Harrison on March 13, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
Lilley’s most recent high-profile case involved defending the business partner of Alexis Wright in the Kennebunk Zumba case.
Arthur E. "Ed" McKenzie

Arthur E. ‘Ed’ Mckenzie, former BDN general manager, dead at 91

By Judy Harrison on March 10, 2017, at 10:39 a.m.
Arthur E. “Ed” McKenzie worked at the BDN for nearly 40 years and retired as its general manager.
The family of murder victim Amy Theriault gathers in Amy's sister Pam Dubois' St. John home on the eve of speaking before the Maine Legislature in Augusta.

Committee rejects mandatory life sentences in domestic violence murders

By Judy Harrison on March 09, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
During a work session Wednesday, a legislative panel rejected an Aroostook County family’s plea that members endorse a bill calling for a mandatory life sentence when defendants are convicted of domestic violence homicides.

BSO delights audience with music of ‘Star Wars’ movies

By Judy Harrison on March 08, 2017, at 1:43 p.m.
The orchestra’s annual pop concert featured the music that John Williams has written for seven films in the Star Wars saga.

Caribou man who distributed ‘scourge’ of bath salts to serve nearly 4 more years

By Judy Harrison on March 07, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Brewer to a total of 73 months but gave him credit for the 27 months he has served.

Alleged marijuana seed trader due in Maine to face charges this spring

By Judy Harrison on March 07, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
Gypsy Nirvana, 56, was indicted in August 2013 by a federal grand jury in Portland.
Kelli Mujo leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of her trial in August 2016 in Bangor.

Woman who ran Dexter-area drug ring with father to serve 14 years

By Judy Harrison on March 06, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Kelli Mujo, 41, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 14 years in federal prison.