Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Thomas "Ferg" Ferguson

Men charged in Bangor shooting death to be tried separately

By Judy Harrison on May 16, 2017, at 4 a.m.
Two men charged with a November 2015 homicide on Center Street in Bangor will be tried separately but most likely won’t testify against each other.
An image of the "Topless Cleaning" flyer found in Megan McGraw's possession.

Purveyor of ‘Topless Cleaning’ service charged with stealing lingerie

By Judy Harrison on May 12, 2017, at 3:50 p.m.
A Bradford woman who advertises “Topless Cleaning” picked up some “naughty underthings” without paying for them, according to the Bangor police.
Wade Robert Hoover

Maine high court considers if defacto life sentence too harsh in sex assaults on children

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 6:10 p.m.
“Twenty-five to 30 years in prison would have been sufficient to meet the goal of public safety,” Scott Hess, whose client is serving a 60-year sentence, told the justices.
Justin Pillsbury

Court rejects idea that ‘green-eyed monster’ statement unfairly swayed jury

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
Attorney Caleb Gannon of Augusta, argued that Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber’s reference to a “green-eyed monster” that was “uncaged” prejudiced the jury and amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.

Augusta woman admits to stealing cash, gift cards while working at post office

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
An Augusta woman admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court that she took cash and gift cards totaling at least $400 intended as gifts from mail between April 1 and Aug. 1, 2016.
Lucas Richman conducting the Bangor Symphony Orchestra

BSO feast of music leaves audience satiated, satisfied

By Judy Harrison on May 10, 2017, at 4:13 p.m.
Richman has successfully transformed what for more than 100 years was a community orchestra into a professional one.

Police: Baby who died was in foster care at day care center

By Judy Harrison on May 10, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.
Maine State Police said Wednesday that a 16-month-old who died at a Raymond day care center Tuesday was there in foster care.

High court leery of overturning jury verdict to release man charged in 1969 slaying

By Judy Harrison on May 09, 2017, at 4:37 p.m.
“If you are correct, the jury was wrong,” Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said. “We cannot accept that.”

Hermon woman admits getting thousands in fraudulent money orders

By Judy Harrison on May 09, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
A Hermon woman waived indictment and pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to fraudulently issuing more than $4,000 in postal money orders she deposited in her mother’s account.

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.”