Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 
Coast Guard search and rescue crews from Station Gloucester, Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke rescued nine crewmembers from the Canadian tall ship Liana's Ransom 58 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Monday.

Coast Guard rescues 9 off Gloucester from Canadian tall ship

By Judy Harrison on March 30, 2015, at 9:20 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday rescued nine crewmembers from the Canadian tall ship Liana’s Ransom, 58 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts, according to information posted on the Coast Guard’s website. The Sector Boston Command Center learned at 12:35 a.m. that the vessel’s engines were disabled and its sails were …

Man who drove getaway car in Biddeford Family Dollar armed robbery gets 15 years

By Judy Harrison on March 30, 2015, at 7:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | A York County man who drove the getaway car for two men who robbed at gunpoint a Family Dollar Store in December 2013 was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison on robbery and gun charges. Walter Heathcote, 26, who got $80 of …
A Bath Iron Works-built Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is seen in a 2013 file photo.

BIW awarded $620 million to build Navy destroyer

By Judy Harrison on March 30, 2015, at 7:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Navy has awarded funding for the construction of one Arleigh Burke class destroyer at Bath Iron Works, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced Monday. The $620 million award is part of the multiyear procurement contract from 2013 to 2017, according to a joint …

FBI: Houlton man threatened to kill EU officials ‘like chickens’

By Judy Harrison on March 30, 2015, at 2:51 p.m.
BANGOR | A native of Bulgaria living in Houlton has been charged in U.S. District Court, accused of threatening to kill a member of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union. Dushko Venelinov Vulchev, 38, made his first court appearance Monday in federal court in Portland …
Sidney Phillip Kilmartin

Judge won’t throw out cyanide mail case, accused to claim insanity

By Judy Harrison on March 29, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
BANGOR | The trial of a South Windham man accused of mailing potassium cyanide to a man in England who used it to commit suicide will be held in May after a federal judge refused last week to dismiss the indictment. In response to that decision, Sidney P. Kilmartin, …
Wilbur Joe Corson Jr.

Dover-Foxcroft man gets 9 months in connection with beating, shooting

By Judy Harrison on March 27, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
One of two men charged in connection with an attack on a Dover-Foxcroft man nearly a year ago and another last month was sentenced Friday in Piscataquis County Superior Court to six years in prison with all but nine months suspended, followed by three years of probation. …

2 NY men arrested in Auburn charged with credit card fraud conspiracy

By Judy Harrison on March 26, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
PORTLAND | Two New York men made their first appearances Wednesday in U.S. District Court for allegedly purchasing stolen credit card numbers from the Ukraine, then manufacturing at least 300 credit card gift cards in an Auburn apartment. Shaun “Scoobs” Wray, 24, and Guy “Spook” Noel, 24, both of …

70-year-old Dexter man indicted in 1993 sex assault

By Judy Harrison on March 25, 2015, at 5:08 p.m.
BANGOR | A 70-year-old Dexter man was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of gross sexual assault, a Class A crime, and unlawful sexual contact, a Class B crime. Craig Fellows is accused of sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 14 …
Shawn MacNevin, 42, appeared via video conference at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Jan. 9, 2015.

Hudson man charged in New Year’s death of fiancee

By Judy Harrison on March 25, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
BANGOR | A Hudson man accused of being drunk New Year’s Day when he drove his Jeep into a tree in a crash that killed his fiancee was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence …
Nicholas Condon

Grand jury indicts man accused of causing Bangor standoff

By Judy Harrison on March 25, 2015, at 1:21 p.m.
A Portland man accused of causing a six-hour standoff at the home of his ex-fiancee in Bangor last month was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on multiple charges. Nicholas Condon, 27, is facing two counts each of kidnapping and criminal threatening with a dangerous …
Jeremiah Gorman

John Bapst teacher solicited nude photos from student, says affidavit

By Judy Harrison on March 23, 2015, at 7:36 p.m.
BANGOR | A local high school teacher who died of apparent suicide Saturday in the wake of a police investigation solicited nude photographs from one of his female students, according to court documents. Jeremiah Gorman, 35, of Bangor, who taught social science at John Bapst Memorial High School, was …
Christopher Knight

North Pond Hermit graduates from court program, starts probation

By Judy Harrison on March 23, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The man known as the North Pond Hermit, who admitted to committing more than 1,000 burglaries over the course of the 27 years he spent living in the Maine woods, graduated Monday from the Co-Occurring Disorders Court, according to the Kennebec County district attorney. Christopher Knight, 48, …

Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth take top honors at state drama fest

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
BANGOR | Cape Elizabeth High School took top honors Saturday in the Class A division of the Maine Drama Festival held at Bangor High School. Yarmouth High School won first prize in the Class B division competition at Stearns High School the same day. Eight one-act plays were presented …
Jeremiah Gorman, 35, of Bangor, a teacher at John Bapst Memorial High School, was found dead Saturday in a Bangor motel room. He was under investigation for possession of child pornography.

John Bapst teacher found dead in motel room in wake of police investigation

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2015, at 6:01 a.m.
BANGOR | A teacher at John Bapst Memorial High School under investigation for possession of child pornography was found dead Saturday afternoon in a Bangor motel room, according to a letter sent to parents and students Saturday night. Jeremiah Gorman, 35, of Bangor taught social science at the private …
Police, fire and rescue personnel are seen Saturday at the Kennebec River in Augusta.

Augusta police ask for public’s help in IDing woman who went through ice on Kennebec

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
Police have asked the public to help identify the person who Saturday afternoon went through the ice on the Kennebec River. Augusta police posted information Sunday morning about the incident and effort to recover the body of what officials believe is a female. Dispatchers received at about …
Hawa Hassan (second from left), with students in the 21st Century Program at the Lewiston Middle School, counts bullet holes in the wall at a crime scene set up by students studying forensic science at Husson University on Saturday at the Maine Science Festival in Bangor.

Staged crime scene among draws to Maine Science Festival

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
BANGOR | Hawa Hassan leaned over the yellow crime scene tape and peered at the body on the floor. It was a male with a bullet hole in one side of his head. The 13-year-old Lewiston Middle School student pointed to shell casings on the floor and then began …
Police, fire and rescue personnel are seen Saturday at the Kennebec River in Augusta.

Augusta police: Rescue of person in Kennebec River in progress

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
Police, fire and rescue personnel and members of the Maine Warden Service are on the Kennebec River for a person in the water, according the Augusta Police Department’s Twitter account. Efforts to reach a spokesman at the police station were unsuccessful about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The tweet …

Blaze destroys mobile home in Harrison

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
A mobile home was destroyed by fire early Friday morning at 166 Plains Road. Homeowners James and Sally Riman, 63 and 64, respectively, were able to escape the blaze but were brought to Stevens Memorial Hospital in Norway having suffered minor injuries, Harrison Fire Chief Dana LaPlante …
Scott Ramsdell, 43, of Cutler walks into the courtroom to be arranged Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Ramsdell was charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27, 2014, death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington. Ramsdell pleaded guilty.

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter, OUI in crash that killed Stearns High teacher

By Judy Harrison on March 20, 2015, at 7:20 p.m.
BANGOR | A Cutler man charged in connection with the death 14 months ago of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to manslaughter and aggravated operating under the influence. Scott Ramsdell, 44, was released after …
Keith Coleman (left), 27, the man accused of slaying his girlfriend and her two children the weekend before Christmas in Garland, is arraigned Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Coleman was arrested Dec. 21 in Bucksport and charged in connection with the deaths of Christina Sargent, 36; her son, Duwayne Coke, 10; and her daughter, Destiny Sargent, 8. Coleman plead not guilty to three counts of murder.

Garland man pleads not guilty to triple murder

By Judy Harrison on March 20, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
BANGOR | The Garland man accused of slaying his girlfriend and her two children the weekend before Christmas pleaded not guilty Friday at the Penobscot County Judicial Center to three counts of intentional or knowing murder. Keith Coleman, 27, was arrested Dec. 21 in Bucksport and charged in connection …
 
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