Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter


Longtime federal prosecutor nominated to serve as U.S. attorney for Maine

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2017, at 5:49 p.m.
Longtime federal prosecutor Halsey Frank has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. attorney for Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Thursday.
Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley

Half of Maine courthouses would be open during a shutdown

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2017, at 3:48 p.m.
At least one courthouse in each county will be open to the public if the state government shuts down, but services will be limited.
Governor Paul LePage

Lawsuit filed to force LePage to pay benefits to poor Mainers in a shutdown

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
“If the governor can protect state parks from vandalism during a state shutdown, we hope that he will also protect Maine’s most vulnerable.”
onsia Dorsey (Cheryl Willis) shows Weller Martin (Michael Kissin) another winning hand in Acadia Repertory Theatre's production of "The Gin Game."

Acadia Rep’s ‘The Gin Game’ delightful, thought-provoking opener

By Judy Harrison on June 28, 2017, at 2:59 p.m.
“The Gin Game” is at least as relevant than when it was first performed in the mid-1970s.
Thomas "Ferg" Ferguson (left) talks to his attorney Jeffrey Silverstein during the beginning of Ferguson's trial in May.

New York man guilty of murder in Bangor double shooting

By Judy Harrison on June 28, 2017, at 10:55 a.m.
Thomas “Ferg” Ferguson was also found guilty of elevated aggravated assault.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Warren Silver retired at the end of 2014 after nearly a decade on the state's high court.

Stephen King’s lawyer honored with a portrait for his service as judge

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2017, at 1:24 p.m.
Since the court was established, retired justices donate their portraits to the court. They hang in courthouses closest to the judges’ hometowns. The gathering not only honored Silver but allowed the court to formally accept the portrait.
A car driven Monday night the wrong way on the Maine Turnpike rests against the guardrail in the median after a Maine State Trooper forced it to pull over. Steven Burns, 67, of Augusta told the trooper he was confused. No charges have been filed.

Trooper slightly injured forcing wrong-way driver off Maine Turnpike

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The driver told the trooper that he was confused.
Cast members of "The Full Monty" rehearse at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. The show opened June 15 and runs until July 9.

‘The Full Monty’ a triumph as PTC cast bares more than skin

By Judy Harrison on June 21, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
“The Full Monty” is a triumph for director and choreographer Ethan Paulini and his talented cast of local actors and pros from away. It is funny, touching, charming and delightful.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine is averaging more than one fatal police shooting per month, but AG calls standards OK

By Judy Harrison on June 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“With shootings by police on the rise in Maine, we need to go beyond asking ourselves whether a shooting was legally justified in the technical sense of the term and start asking whether it could have been prevented.”
Wynter Przybylski, 9, looks over her shoulder to see where her nurse, Stephanie Shapiro, is while making their way home after school in Topsham Tuesday. Przybylski will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair due to a misdiagnosis in February 2014.

Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Wynter Przybylski, now 9, was cured of leukemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant, but she is expected to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life because her problem wasn’t caught in time.
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court Judge Rebecca Irving

Pioneering Machias lawyer, tribal judge wins Glassman award

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 2:28 p.m.
Since 1994, Irving has served as the tribal court judge for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point and Indian Township.
Fryeburg Police officers walk with the vehicle carrying the Desjardins family and the cremated remains of fallen Fryeburg police officer Nathan M. Desjardins following the Law Enforcement Tribute at the Augusta Civic Center on Friday morning where thousands came to honor the fallen officer.

Law enforcement honors Fryeburg officer who died in line of duty

By Judy Harrison on June 16, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
Hundreds of law enforcement and emergency services personnel were expected to attend a tribute to Fryeburg police Officer Nathan M. Desjardins.

Stun gun lawsuit settled with Bangor police for $525,000

By Judy Harrison on June 15, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
The family of a Bangor man who died after being subdued by Bangor police using a stun gun has settled a lawsuit against the department for $525,000.
Dale Pinkham

Maine family patriarch gets 20 years for running heroin ring

By Judy Harrison on June 15, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Dale Pinkham Sr., 57, in September pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to possess stolen firearms and attempted witness tampering on the day a jury was to be selected for his trial.

Former prison guard sued for alleged sexual assault

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2017, at 7:04 p.m.
The 32-year-old former inmate sued Josh Dall-Leighton, 31, of Standish, the state of Maine and Department of Corrections officials, including Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick.
Lucinda Ziesing, right, and Gordon Adams as Salt and Pepper perform "Making Whoopie" in the musical "The Night Kitchen."

‘The Night Kitchen’ is a charming, zesty musical delight

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2017, at 2:12 p.m.
It is a charming and zesty delight of a show that is witty and funny without seeming silly or overly sentimental.

Teen with keys under his pillow charged with Skowhegan car fires

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
A 15-year-old local boy has been charged with arson and burglary in connection with four car fires set early Monday morning.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Mills threatens to sue Trump administration if it rescinds monument

By Judy Harrison on June 12, 2017, at 6:34 p.m.
“We are prepared to challenge any unlawful executive branch action that purports to abolish or reduce the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.”
Former U.S. Attorney and Superior Court Justice Thomas Delahanty.

LePage wants former federal prosecutor back on the bench

By Judy Harrison on June 12, 2017, at 3:30 a.m.
“I think I can do the job,” he said of his most recent nomination. “I have done it before.”
Maine State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff, and Brewer police work on the scene where 54-year-old Mark Ellis was killed after more than a 12 hour standoff with police at his home in Orrington on Wednesday.

Fatal police shootings surge in Maine in 2017

By Judy Harrison on June 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Twice as many people have been fatally shot by Maine police so far this year as in all of 2016 and 2015 combined.