Judy Harrison

Courts Reporter

Narwhal tusks that were evidence in the case against Gregory Robert Logan, 58, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick.

Ex-Mountie pleads guilty to charges in narwhal whale tusk smuggling scheme

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:36 p.m.
The former Mountie accused of smuggling narwhal whale tusks across the border and mailing them to buyers around the U.S. for eight years pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to multiple counts of conspiracy and money laundering.
Kirk Winters shows where the new building will be at The Rock Church in Bangor on Thursday.

Rock Church plans second expansion in 5 years to accommodate growth

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 25, 2016, at 7 a.m.
“The real reason for our growth is that God blesses us,” Pastor Kirk Winters said earlier this month.
Luc Tieman (left) confers with his attorney, Stephen Smith, on Friday in Somerset County Superior Court. Tieman, 32, of Fairfield is charged with killing his wife, Valerie Tieman.

Man accused of killing wife, hiding her body makes court appearance

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:01 a.m.
Tieman was not asked to enter a plea because he has not yet been indicted by the grand jury.

Man who set lobster boat ablaze gets 7 years for ‘simply crazy conduct’

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
“To burn a lobsterman’s boat is to destroy his livelihood,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said in imposing the sentence.
Case manager Heather MacKenzie listens to a defendant's story during the first opening session of the Penobscot County Adult Drug Treatment Court Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Drug court in Bangor reconvenes after 5-year absence

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 21, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
“This is a positive development,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday. “The most important thing is that this gives judges here another sentencing option.”
Students and faculty members interact during the One Life Project Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Tuesday. The program brought more than 100 high school students from around the state to Bangor to ask them what adults can do to help them not turn to drugs.

One Life Project asks youth how best to keep teens from using drugs

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6 p.m.
About 160 students from more than 30 schools around the state gathered Tuesday at the Cross Insurance Center to tell adults how best to keep teenagers from using drugs.
Michael Lund, 36, of Machias waits for Superior Court Justice William Anderson to convene a civil trial Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Lund alleges he was injured during a blueberry field burn in 2012 because of his employer's negligence.

Judge to decide if blueberry firm negligent in worker’s severe heat stroke

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 19, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
Michael Lund, 36, sued Milliard A. Whitney & Sons two years ago in Washington County Superior Court.

Ex-Westbrook tax collector admits embezzling $118,000

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 19, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
Ann Marie Williams, 62, of Saco admitted to stealing about $118,000 in cash receipts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Charges dismissed against Maine man accused of sexual assault

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 16, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Denning was indicted in March on 11 counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and two counts of unlawful sexual touching.

Maine woman pleads guilty to stealing $140,000 from eye doctor

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 16, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Carolyn J. Saunders, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of theft or embezzlement.

Man to serve 15 years for armed robberies that netted more than $40,000

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:31 a.m.
A New Hampshire man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for the armed robberies of three banks and a credit union last year.
State and Fairfield police are asking for the public’s help in locating Valerie Tieman, 34, of Fairfield, who has been missing since Aug. 30. She is shown in the photo with her husband, Luc Tieman, taken in July in front on the truck she reportedly disappeared from.

Police seek help in finding Fairfield woman missing 2 weeks

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 15, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
The Maine State Police and the Fairfield Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating a Fairfield woman who has been missing for more than two weeks.
Julie Arnold Lisnet as Annie (left) and Sharon Zolper as Chris admire the sunflowers that blossom at the end of "Calendar Girls" at the Bangor Opera House.

Tight ensemble in ‘Calendar Girls’ hits all the right emotional, naked notes

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
A tale of women’s friendships, their ability to love and support one another and how they help each other take risks by taking it all off.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein talks to students and members of the community at the D.P. Corbett Business building on the University of Maine campus in Orono on Wednesday.

Green Party’s Jill Stein visits UMaine, seeks Sanders supporters

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 14, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
“It’s a race to the bottom right now between the Democrats and Republicans.”

Ex-bikers’ club president gets nearly 16 years for role in cocaine ring

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
Richard Szpyt was sentenced Monday to 15 years and nine months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.
University of Maine football player Micah Wright.

UMaine football player pleads guilty to civil violation

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 12, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
Micah Wright, 20, of Newark, New York, paid a $300 fine.
Jacob Drapeau

Man charged with robbing Bangor retail store remains jailed

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
An Orono man accused of robbing Ocean State Job Lots on Tuesday of $301 remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $4,000 cash bail.

Man to serve 7 years on sex charge involving 13-year-old

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
A Winterport man pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to unlawful sexual contact involving a child under the age of 14.
Snowmaking returned to Big Squaw Mountain near Greenville in 2014 as two used snow guns purchased from a resort in upstate New York were fired up on Dec. 8.

State sues owner of Big Squaw Mountain ski resort over deteriorating conditions

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
The state claims the owner used the property to secure more than $4 million in loans but failed to use that money to reopen the ski lift, trails and lodge.
Michael King

Glenburn school employee charged with possession of child porn

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2016, at 11:22 a.m.
Michael King, 58, of Bangor was arrested Friday and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.