Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Robert M. Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery Inc., a New Jersey-based nonprofit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, speaks to the media last year outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland's chancery on Ocean Avenue Tuesday morning about a 2005 letter he said shows that Maine'’s bishop knew in 1956 a priest was sexually abusing boys at a Bangor church.

Maine Catholic diocese pays $1.2 million to 6 victims of abusive priest

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 15, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Four of the victims alleged they were sexually abused at St. Michael Catholic Church in South Berwick. Another alleged abuse took place at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Portland and the sixth claimed assault at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor.
Students in the Penobscot Theatre Company's summer program rehearse their parts in "Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland" at the theatre in Bangor on Wednesday. The new play is about Gluskabe, the benevolent culture hero of the Wabanaki tribes, who taught the people the arts of civilization and protected them from danger. The work is a collaborative among the theatre, Penobscot tribal elders and playwrights, native scholars and educators.

Penobscot Nation values come to life in ‘Transformer Tales’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
“I think it has value for everyone because that is how we transmitted our values and our culture — through stories,” Carol Dana said. “And it has a good message for people about conservation.”

Maine likely to get federal funds to clean up oil disposal sites

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2016, at 11 a.m.
The state will receive $413,433 from the U.S. Department of Defense for the cleanup of waste oil sites in Ellsworth and Casco if a consent decree is approved by a federal judge.
People gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Penobscot Pavilion at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

Judge rules EMMC not negligent in releasing man who later died in fire

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 11, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
The judge also found that the discharge plan given to Randy Oliver was reasonable and met the applicable standard of care.

Ex-UMaine at Augusta athletic director settles lawsuit for $30,000

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
BANGOR | The former athletic director at the University of Maine at Augusta will receive $30,000 to settle his lawsuit over the way he was fired last year. Warren Newton of Orrington sued the University of Maine System, Interim University of Maine at Augusta President Glenn Cummings, University of …

Trial of father, daughter may explain how drug ring operated for 12 years

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2016, at 4:51 p.m.
How a father-daughter duo allegedly ran a drug distribution ring in the Dexter area for more than a dozen years may become clearer during their joint trial on federal drug charges set to begin Aug. 15.

Auburn woman gets probation in theft of postal funds

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
An Auburn woman was sentenced to two years of probation for stealing more than $4,000 in money orders and cash while working in 2014 as a relief postmaster.
Christopher R. Poulos in the Hart Senate office building in January.

Maine law grad takes Texas job with college treatment group

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
“The idea is that through education people will find a path or passion in recovery and be moving toward something rather than just away from alcohol and drugs,” he said.
Three men who plan to be priests in Maine walked from Lewiston to Bangor to promote vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Seminarians Liam Gallagher (left) and Dennis Fitts (center), along with Rev. Seamus Griesbach lead the group of teens on their walk to Bangor on Friday.

Pilgrimage across Maine strengthens faith of 3 priests-to-be

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2016, at 9:43 a.m.
Three men who plan to be priests in Maine walked from Lewiston to Bangor to promote vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
Maine Central Institute Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins (left) and board of trustees President Norbert Young Jr. announce Saturday the school's 150th anniversary capital campaign and an anonymous $1 million pledge.

MCI marks 150th anniversary celebration with $1 million pledge

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 06, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
Maine Central Institute launched a $6.5 million capital campaign on Saturday.

Ex-employee pleads not guilty to embezzling from Ellsworth practice

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 06, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
An Orland woman waived indictment and pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in connection with the embezzlement of more than $140,000 from an Ellsworth eye care facility.
A flyer is circulating about a girl who is said to be missing. According to the flyer, Kyara Severson, 16, was last seen in Pittston on Thursday.

Family seeks help in finding girl last seen in Pittston

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 06, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
The family of a missing teenager is seeking the public’s help in finding her.

Three face drug charges after heroin was found in vehicle in Old Town

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 06, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
Three men are facing drug charges after Old Town police allegedly found heroin in a vehicle.

El Salvador man pleads guilty to being in US illegally

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:09 p.m.
Manual Antonio Guerra-Nolasco, 36, of Canton Matelapa, El Salvador, is being held without bail.
Nathan Paulette

Man who stole cash during Bangor burglaries gets 3 years

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:06 p.m.
Nathan J. Paulette was sentenced after pleading guilty to four counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary and three counts of theft.
Roberto Lueje-Rodriguez

Man pleads guilty to spending $50,000 with Mainers’ credit, debit card numbers

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 05, 2016, at 5:56 p.m.
BANGOR | A Florida man waived indictment Friday and pleaded guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Ariel Perez-Calvo, 28, of Miami was arrested Jan. 13 by Maine State Police with Roberto Lueje-Rodriguez, 29, of Miami, Florida, …

Ex-clerk at DA’s office to serve 16 months, repay $60,000 for theft

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 05, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
A former clerk at the Somerset County district attorney’s office was sentenced Friday to three years in prison with all but 16 months suspended in connection with the theft of more than $90,000, much of which was intended to reimburse crime victims.
Brock Cochran

Brewer man accused of burglary, assaulting an officer

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 03, 2016, at 5:56 p.m.
Bail for Brock Cochran, 37, was set at $10,000 cash at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Bari Robinson (left) as Flavius plots with Matt Hurley as Marullus in Opera House Arts' production of "Julius Caesar" in Stonington.

Multilayer production of ‘Julius Caesar’ reflects current political rhetoric

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 03, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
Director Peter Richards subtlely parallels the politics of ancient Rome with those rumbling across America today.
Cory Waugh

Man charged in connection with Falmouth pharmacy robbery

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 03, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
A Cumberland County man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery Tuesday afternoon at a local Rite Aid.