Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter


Priest at Waterville church removed over sexual abuse allegation

By Judy Harrison on May 08, 2017, at 5:54 p.m.
A priest at a Waterville church was removed Sunday after a report of sexual abuse of a minor about 15 years ago was substantiated.

Sunshine expected to break through the rain Sunday

By Judy Harrison on May 06, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine -- 05/06/2017 - Members of the community head out during the inaugural Steps for Souls: Suicide Awareness Walk at Bangor High School Saturday. The walk was sponsored in part by Bangor High School Student Council as well as many other local businesses. The event appears to be the first time students, rather than teachers and administrators, have organized a community event aimed at educating people about suicide prevention. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Bangor students lead hundreds in walk to remember teens lost to suicide

By Judy Harrison on May 06, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.

Gorham man accused of sexaully assaulting, photographing 10-year-old

By Judy Harrison on May 06, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Christopher Shepard allegedly took sexually explicit photos of a 10-year-old female and shared them on the Internet.

Bangor man gets 18 years for conspiring to sell heroin

By Judy Harrison on May 06, 2017, at 8:04 a.m.
Mario Lee, 42, formerly of the Bronx, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Bangor High students organize walk to raise awareness about teen suicide

By Judy Harrison on May 05, 2017, at 1 a.m.
A group of Bangor High School students has organized a 1½-mile walk for this weekend to raise awareness about teen suicide.
Leroy H. Smith III

Judge: Maine man is competent to be tried for murder

By Judy Harrison on May 04, 2017, at 11:14 a.m.
A Gardiner man is competent to stand trial for murder for the alleged slaying and dismemberment of his father, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
After 25 years in business, Lamb's Book and Bible in Bangor will close at the end of the month. The store opened on Harlow Street about 25 years ago and moved to Stillwater Avenue in 2004.

Lambs, Christian bookstore in Bangor, to close after 25 years

By Judy Harrison on May 04, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“Books and CDs have been our primary sellers but people are no longer buying as many as they once did. Electronics are everywhere.”
Michelle Damato plays Giulia in Penobscot Theatre's production of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti."

Novelty of cooking on stage can’t overcome dull love stories at Bangor Opera House

By Judy Harrison on May 03, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
Michelle Damato works hard at charming the audience but no actress could rise above this much bad material.

Damariscotta dentist to pay $90,000 to resolve false claims to MaineCare

By Judy Harrison on May 02, 2017, at 7:10 p.m.
A Damariscotta dentist has agreed to pay $90,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to MaineCare for services he did not provide.
Anna Welch of Maine Law's Refugee and Human Rights Clinic.

Foundation gives $500,000 to UMaine law school’s immigration clinic

By Judy Harrison on May 02, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
“Many of our clients have been subjected to abuse, persecution, and torture in their home countries. They need help with asylum claims, work permits, and many other humanitarian matters.”
Attorney Kate Grossman meets with a patron Monday at the Bangor Public Library about a legal issue. The library was one of a dozen in the state that took part in the Lawyer in Libraries program on Law Day.

For fifth year, Maine attorneys offer advice in libraries on Law Day

By Judy Harrison on May 01, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
The legal issues that participants asked questions about ran the gamut from family law to employment and creditor law, Grossman said.
The county purchased the more than 50,000 square-foot building for $825,000 from 127 Hammond St., LLC, after threatening to take it by eminent domain.

Penobscot County buys condemned former Bangor YMCA

By Judy Harrison on April 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The sale of the former YMCA on Hammond Street to Penobscot County was finalized Thursday, a day after the city condemned the building.
The cast of "Molded by the Flow" performs in an original, multimedia production inspired by southern Maine's natural and human history. The show is the result of a collaboration of USM's theater, art and music departments.

‘Molded by Flow’ evokes history, memory in unique theatrical experience

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
USM’s latest offering doesn’t look or sound or feel like the usual university theatrical production.
Former U.S. Attorney and Superior Court Justice Thomas Delahanty.

Prosecutor ousted by Trump reflects on how Maine crime has changed

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“When I started, possession of marijuana, no matter the amount, was a felony,” Thomas E. Delahanty II, 71, of Falmouth said recently.
Ernest R. Cook

Child abuser gets 10-year sentence for child pornography

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Twenty years after being convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl, Ernest Cook was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison on child pornography charges.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant and bar at the Bangor Mall closed in August of 2016.

Ex-manager of Bangor restaurant claims he was fired illegally over military leave

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
A former manager of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Bangor sued the restaurant chain, claiming that he was fired illegally after spending a month last summer on duty with the U.S. Army Reserves.
The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club is seen in Bangor Wednesday.

Suit: Woman stole $200,000 from police motorcycle club

By Judy Harrison on April 18, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
If convicted, Bessie Small, 46, of Carmel, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. She also could be ordered to pay restitution.

Man charged with photographing, sharing picture of two young girls

By Judy Harrison on April 17, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.
Jeffrey D. Swimm, 37, of Bangor, allegedly took sexually explicit photos and videos of two girls, ages 8 and 10, and traded them for other images of child pornography on the Internet.
Kobe Hooper, portraying Jesus, gets in costume at St. John Catholic Church Friday afternoon as he prepares for the Good Friday service.

Tall teen says playing Christ helped him understand ‘how much he suffered’

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
“I’ve learned that crucifixion was really painful. And now I think about how much he suffered. That put it more into an enlightened context for me.”