Car, plow truck crash reported on I-295 SB


 

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dispatch tell us police and crews are on scene of a car and plow truck collision on I-295 Southbound. 

Maine DOT's Ted Talbot says it was the plow truck that struck the car.

Officials tell us the crash is near exit 4 in Portland. No word of injuries at this time. 

Drivers are advised to use caution in the area. 

NEWS CENTER will update this story. 

 


Police: Fight led to Portland double stabbing


PORTLAND, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- Portland police are investigating a stabbing that happened Tuesday morning on Marginal way in Portland.

Police say around 3:30 am officers responded to a 911 call for a fight in the area of 132 Marginal Way. According to police, as soon as officers arrived on scene, at least two or more individuals fled the scene in a vehicle.  Shortly afterwards the same vehicle was located in a snowbank at Pine and State Street in the city's West End.   Police determined the two men in the vehicle sustained stab wounds during the fight.  The two males were transported to Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Kittery Dispatch Center gets upgrades


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Kittery Dispatch Center is getting a series of new upgrades which will help save lives.

New technology will improve signal quality and strength for dispatchers and the public who calls them.

Kittery Fire Chief David O'Brien said Monday that the current technology is more than 25 years old, and that the new technology is state-of-the-art. It is the first time Motorola will install this equipment in Maine.

After the renovation, the center will also have a third bay station and console, which will make room to hire a third dispatcher to handle 911 calls.

"It's an adrenaline rush. What's it going to be? Who's it going to be? And you don't know if it's an emergency call or a routine call," said Linda Driscoll, a dispatcher of 30 years in York County.

Some businesses get boost because of Super Bowl


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Plenty of people are throwing Super Bowl parties, and grocery stores were busy with last-minute shoppers Sunday.

"I thought everybody would have their Super Bowl food, and they're already at home watching the pregame stuff, so I was not expecting this," Joe Menard, who was just going to Hannaford for routine groceries, said. "I thought I was going to be safe."

Other businesses benefited from the Super Bowl as well. A lot of people want to watch the big game on a new big screen.

David Munster's TV Sales and Service always sees an increase in sales this time of year. In a typical week, the store sells anywhere between 10 and 15 TV's. This week, it sold about 40. Some people even bought them right off the wall.

Mainers celebrate Chinese New Year


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Almost 1,000 people attended a Chinese New Year celebration at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The Chinese-American Friendship Association of Maine and the Confucius Institute at the University of Southern Maine hosted the event, where families enjoyed Chinese food, arts and crafts, and watched as students from the CAFAM Chinese school performed traditional Chinese dances.

"The purpose is to build a friendship between Chinese and Americans in this country," said Kwok Yeung, the President of CAFAM. "This is really terrific that we have a number of volunteers working with children and parents to bring this together. Making costumes, rehearsals, there's a lot of work that went behind it."

2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

Portland issues citywide parking ban


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A citywide parking ban has been declared beginning tonight at 10:00 PM (Friday, February 5) through 6:00 AM Saturday, February 6. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense.

“With an updated forecast from the National Weather Service of 6-8 inches for Portland, we are calling a citywide parking ban tonight to get the streets clear,” said City Manager Jon Jennings.

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Man gets federal prison time for role in Maine drug ring


BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A former Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to his role in a crack cocaine distribution ring in Maine has been sentenced to three years behind bars.
    
Twenty-eight-year-old Torrence Benton was sentenced to federal prison Thursday in a Bangor court.
    
Court documents say Benton, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, distributed crack in the Bangor area between January 2010 and August 2013. He pleaded guilty last year.
    
The records say the source for the crack was in the New Haven area and it was transported to the Bangor area by other people involved in the conspiracy.
    
Benton has already served nearly three years in state prison.


Maine competes for wind power based on number of proposals


BANGOR, Maine -- Wind power critics say they're alarmed by the scale of wind power development proposals in Maine.
    
Maine figures into competition to provide clean energy to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with companies submitting bids to build wind farms in Aroostook County and the western mountains.
    
The projects would more than triple the state's turbine capacity.
    
Chris O'Neil, a spokesman for Friends of Maine's Mountains has told the Portland Press Herald that the projects would turn the state "into a wind plantation."
    
But Patrick Woodcock, the governor's energy director, is tamping down impressions that all of the projects would be built.

There were dozens of different proposals, and he says that it's not possible for all of them to become reality.


Soto sentenced to 18 years for sexually assaulting young girl

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

A man was sentenced to at least 18 years in in state prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl after breaking into her bedroom in an apartment in Portland.

Julian Soto appeared before a judge in the Cumberland County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

As part of a plea agreement, the judge sentenced Soto to 18 years in prison, with another possible seven years if Soto reoffends during his 10-year probation period.

The attorney for the prosecution said that Soto used a footstool that he found in the trash to stand on in order to break into the girl's bedroom in an apartment on Greenleaf Street in Portland. Soto lived in the apartment above the victim and her family. The family had just moved in three days before the assault happened around October 9, 2014.

Special election set to fill District 32 Senate seat


AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – A special election for the Maine Senate District 32 seat has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

The Senate seat, which covers the City of Biddeford and the towns of Alfred, Arundel, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman, was previously held by Sen. David Dutremble of Biddeford, who resigned his position on Jan. 28.

Governor Paul LePage and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap signed the proclamation announcing the special election on Monday, Feb. 1.

Maine’s three political parties, the Democrats, Green Independents and Republicans, will now caucus to choose candidates for the seat. Candidate nominations are due to the Office of the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.