Portland Police investigating home invasion

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police are investigating a home invasion and attempted robbery from July 20 on Smith Street.

The victims reported that two men entered their apartment demanding money. There were four adults and three children in the apartment at the time of the incident.

The perpetrators both had handguns, and one gunshot was fired during the robbery. No one was injured - the bullet struck the door of another apartment in the building.

The perpetrators left on foot without taking any money. They are both described as black men in their twenties between 5'7" and 5'11". One man was bald and the second had either cornrows or dreadlocks.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asking to contact Portland Police at 874-8533.

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Neighbor Helping Neighbor 2014

We will launch Neighbor Helping Neighbor Day on Saturday, July 19, 2014. NEWS CENTER saw a need to help our communities with this event. Our goal is to bring much needed resources to our neighbors.

The event will run from 8:00am - 1:00pm at The Maine Mall in South Portland and the Bangor Mall in Bangor. NEWS CENTER personalities will be there throughout the day to help collect and meet with people.

The following items are needed:

Good Shepherd Food Bank - non perishable food and pet food

Goodwill Industries of NNE - gently-used or new clothing only

Salvation Army - personal hygiene items, diapers, blankets, household cleaning supplies, baby wipes, new socks, underwear and bras

NEWS CENTER staff will be there from 8:00am - 1:00pm. Here's the schedule:

Man gets 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on crack cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Abdullahi Nur was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney's office says that the 26-year-old regularly brought crack cocaine from Boston to the Portland area, where he distributed it. Drugs were seized during two traffic stops in 2011 in which Nur was involved.

Officials say that when the Scarborough Police Department stopped Nur in October 2011, he ran away. After police arrested him and seized crack cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's office says Nur admitted to traveling to Boston weekly to get drugs to sell in Portland.

Nur was found guilty in a jury trial last October.

Summer Schedule for St. Saviour's in Bar Harbor


Saturday, July 12          5:00 pm - Evening Worship Service – Chapel

Sunday, July 13            7:30 pm – Summer Worker Service - Pentecostal Lighthouse, Town Hill

Saturday, July 19          5:00 pm - Evening Worship Service – Chapel

Friday, July 25             6:00 pm - Taizé – Chapel

Saturday, July 26          5:00 pm - Evening Worship Service – Chapel

Sunday, July 27            7:30 pm – Summer Worker Service – Sanctuary

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In 1996, Dr. B. Joseph Semmes, who goes by the name Joe, learned that he had a type of cancer of the pancreas called pNET or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Not only is it rare — seen in approximately one percent of pancreatic cancers and three in one million of all cancers diagnosed — it's also less aggressive than other pancreatic cancers and can often be cured. Read more ...