Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

 
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Hampden teacher second in family to sue alleging age discrimination

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2017, at 8 a.m.
A longtime Hampden Academy teacher has sued Regional School Unit 22 alleging she was passed over to be the head indoor and outdoor track coach and the job was given to a younger man with no coaching experience.
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. in a 2013 file photo.

Penobscot County may be able to buy old YMCA rather than take it by eminent domain

By Judy Harrison on March 20, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A lawsuit filed on March 10 is seeking class-action status on behalf of all the strip club dancers who work for VCG Holding Corp., which owns PT.

Federal lawsuit over strip club wages could include Maine dancers

By Judy Harrison on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
The lawsuit alleged that dancers were “misclassified” by the company as independent contractors rather than employees and were required to pay varying fees for dancing during certain hours, parking their cars and bottled water.
An architectural drawing shows what the new Catholic church, community hall and offices next to the rectory will look like when completed. The final Mass at Holy Family before it is demolished will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Final Mass at Greenville church set before demolition

By Judy Harrison on March 17, 2017, at 10:33 a.m.

Man accused of robbery while serving drug court sentence pleads not guilty

By Judy Harrison on March 17, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce has proposed a "hail Mary" in which non-violent offenders be issued summonses instead of being arrested in an effort to reduce jail overcrowding.

County sheriff throws ‘hail Mary pass’ to reduce jail overcrowding

By Judy Harrison on March 16, 2017, at 7:32 p.m.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce proposed charging law enforcement agencies $50 a day to house people accused of non-violent misdemeanors.
Joel Garland, IRS special agent in charge, speaks at a press conference announcing that eight Maine law enforcement agencies will share more than $1.1 million of the funds forfeited by Malcolm French and Haynes Timberland Inc. in the Township 37 pot plantation case.

Agencies share $1.1 million forfeited in Township 37 pot plantation case

By Judy Harrison on March 16, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Eight Maine law enforcement agencies will share more than $1.1 million of the funds forfeited in the Township 37 pot plantation case.

Warrant issued for Virgin Islands man who did not show up at trial again

By Judy Harrison on March 15, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.
A Superior Court judge issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of a former Windham man accused of financially exploiting an elderly neighbor after he did not show up for his jury trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Canadian man who worked illegally in U.S. for 38 years gets time served

By Judy Harrison on March 14, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
John D. Fraser was arrested on Nov. 20 after he attempted to cross the border in Calais.
Defense attorney Daniel Lilley of Portland talks with reporters outside the Washington County Judicial Center in December after a jury found his client Matthew Davis guilty on two counts of murder.

‘Lion of the bar’ Dan Lilley dies in Portland at the age of 79

By Judy Harrison on March 13, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
Lilley’s most recent high-profile case involved defending the business partner of Alexis Wright in the Kennebunk Zumba case.
Arthur E. "Ed" McKenzie

Arthur E. ‘Ed’ Mckenzie, former BDN general manager, dead at 91

By Judy Harrison on March 10, 2017, at 10:39 a.m.
Arthur E. “Ed” McKenzie worked at the BDN for nearly 40 years and retired as its general manager.
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.

Committee rejects mandatory life sentences in domestic violence murders

By Judy Harrison on March 09, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
During a work session Wednesday, a legislative panel rejected an Aroostook County family’s plea that members endorse a bill calling for a mandatory life sentence when defendants are convicted of domestic violence homicides.

BSO delights audience with music of ‘Star Wars’ movies

By Judy Harrison on March 08, 2017, at 1:43 p.m.
The orchestra’s annual pop concert featured the music that John Williams has written for seven films in the Star Wars saga.

Caribou man who distributed ‘scourge’ of bath salts to serve nearly 4 more years

By Judy Harrison on March 07, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Brewer to a total of 73 months but gave him credit for the 27 months he has served.

Alleged marijuana seed trader due in Maine to face charges this spring

By Judy Harrison on March 07, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
Gypsy Nirvana, 56, was indicted in August 2013 by a federal grand jury in Portland.
Kelli Mujo leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of her trial in August 2016 in Bangor.

Woman who ran Dexter-area drug ring with father to serve 14 years

By Judy Harrison on March 06, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Kelli Mujo, 41, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 14 years in federal prison.
John Oliva III

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.