Portland declares city wide parking ban

PORTLAND, Maine -- The City of Portland announced a city-wide parking ban effective 10:00 PM Saturday through 6:00 AM Sunday.

Officials say the city will tow any vehicle left on the city streets, at owner's expense.

City officials say there are many free options for parking on the peninsula. All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7:00 AM the morning the ban is removed. The city may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the 7:00 AM deadline:

◦Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only

◦State St. gravel lot abutting Deering Oaks

◦Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot

◦Hadlock Field parking lot

◦All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lot which abuts the school and playground

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Celebrate winter with WinterFest

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Trucks brought snow into the Old Port Friday to transform downtown for Winterfest.

Winterfest kicks off with a Rail Jam on Spring Street between Center and Union Street. Snowboarders will do jumps and tricks on the course, while viewers can eat and listen to music. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, you can test your goal scoring skills in Monument Square against the Portland Pirates. There will also be WinterKids raffle.

The whole weekend WinterFest is sponsoring a scavenger hunt. To participate, download the "Social Scavenger" app, find the WinterFest Scavenger Hunt, and enter the passcode "winter." You could win free ticket to a Portland Pirates game.

Landlord has until Feb. 2 to clean up 188 Dartmouth St

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The owner of a building that was the scene of one of the deadliest fires in recent memory has been given one final warning by the City of Portland to fix violations at his other property on Dartmouth Street/

Gregory Nisbet owned the building on Noyes Street where six people died in November. Not far from that location, city inspectors found several violations at his other building at 186-188 Dartmouth St. On Friday the city sent out letters to Nisbet and his tenants informing them that if the violations are not corrected by Feb. 2, it will take legal action.

"Given the severity of what we've seen in the other properties we thought it was best to take this action and have a tighter timeline," said city spokesperson Jessica Grondin.

Attorney banned from representing clients against Cumberland County DA

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge ruled that an attorney who is restricted from seeing his children due to alleged abuse is temporarily barred from representing clients that the Cumberland County District Attorney's office is prosecuting, reports the Portland Press Herald.

Fifty-two-year-old Anthony Sineni has received a lot of attention after Judge Moskowitz barred the media from reporting on his former girlfriend's testimony Jan. 5. He was sentenced for assault and disorderly conduct which stemmed from a domestic incident with Sineni's former girlfriend. As part of his sentence, he is under supervision by the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office for the next two years.

Justice Roland issued the order on Jan. 16 to limit Sineni's legal practice brought by Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, but not other prosecutors' offices.

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Poliquin says natural gas could help save Maine mills

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine is touting increased access to natural gas as a way to boost his state's ailing paper production industry.

The 2nd District congressman said the high cost of electricity has contributed to mill closures and job losses in the state's paper industry, which lost about 1,000 workers in 2014. He used a Wednesday House floor speech to call for "increased production and transportation of natural gas to drive down the cost of electric power."

Poliquin is the co-sponsor of legislation, he said it would expedite the permit process to construct more natural gas pipelines throughout the country. The bill also promises to help construct larger capacity pipelines.

Mayor Brennan gives 'State of the City' address

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The night after the President gave his State of the Union address, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan took his turn, and gave his third "State of the City" address.

Mayor Brennan started with outlining Portland's achievements, and then explained several goals he has for the city.

Brennan announced a working group to bring fiber optic broadband to Portland, as well as grant money to create health information jobs.

He announced a new program to create year-round school, giving children educational programs and healthy meals during the summer months.

The Mayor said after concentrating on developing Portland's peninsula, it's time to develop Forest Avenue and the waterfront.

Noyes St victims' families to continue with civil suits

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The families of the Noyes Street fire victims have been waiting for months to learn the cause of the blaze that killed six young people. Investigators said Wednesday that the fire was accidental and a smoking material started the fire that destroyed the duplex. Even though the big question has been answered, families said Wednesday that they still have many more and some feel that the landlord is still responsible.

Ashley Summers, the wife of Steven Summers, who died from injuries he sustained in the fire days later, was at the press conference Wednesday that even though the fire has been ruled accidental, that doesn't mean it wasn't preventable. Summers has filed a civil lawsuit against landlord Gregory Nisbet alleging negligence in his maintenance of the property on Noyes Street.