Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

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Hermon father, sons indicted for multiple break-ins, theft of copper pipes from homes

By Judy Harrison on March 01, 2017, at 6:55 p.m.
The men allegedly broke into mostly unoccupied houses last year, many of which had been foreclosed upon, and stole copper pipes.
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. From left: Scott Dubois, brother-in-law; Pam Dubois, sister; Carrie Theriault, sister; Barbara Theriault, mother; and Ricky Theriault, father.

Murder victim’s family seeks mandatory life sentence in domestic violence homicides

By Judy Harrison on March 01, 2017, at 5:03 p.m.
The Rev. Lael Sorensen of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland places ashes on Mary Lou Post, who walked across the street from the Brass Compass Cafe, where she works.

Episcopal priests take to the streets with Ashes to Go

By Alex Acquisto and Judy Harrison on March 01, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
Nearly a dozen Episcopal priests in eight or so Maine communities who took to the streets Wednesday to place ashes in the sign of the cross on the foreheads of neighbors and strangers to mark the beginning of Lent.

Judge follows through on promise to send Cutler gate crasher back to prison

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:05 p.m.
The judge revoked Hughes’ supervised release and sentenced him to a year and a day in federal prison for violating it.
Roland L. Cummings

Man serving life questions whether state can charge 2 types of murder

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:24 p.m.
Cummings was convicted by in November 2015 of murder, burglary and theft.
Portland police investigate the scene on Chadwick Street in Portland's West End where a man was found dead in a car in an apparent homicide.

Portland police ID homicide victim as Scarborough man

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
The city’s first homicide victim of 2017 was identified Tuesday by police as Bryan Garcia, 35, of Scarborough.
Elizabeth Ellis, 34, Alexandria, Virginia.

Woman pleads no contest to stabbing strangers at Bangor Mall

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 27, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
A sentencing date for Elizabeth Ellis, 36, of Alexandria, Virginia, has not been set.
Christopher Goehringer

Defendant who beat, robbed homeless man gets 8 years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 27, 2017, at 5:13 p.m.
Christopher Goehringer, 33, of Bangor pleaded no contest Monday to one count each of aggravated assault and robbery.
Judge Frank M. Coffin is seen in a 2006 photo.

Late Maine judge’s clerks urge Congress to respect the judiciary, rule of law

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 25, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
More than half of the men and women who worked as clerks for the late appellate judge Frank M. Coffin, a Lewiston native, have signed a letter addressed to members of Congress on the importance of judicial independence and the rule of law.
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.