Inmates fail drug tests in Cumberland County jail

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Earlier this week, a portion of Cumberland County jail inmates were given a random drug test and 25 percent failed.

Inmates undergo testing in pods or sections as a way to measure if and how drugs are entering the facility. Sheriff Kevin Joyce was surprised by the number of inmates who tested positive for drugs. If the inmate tested positive, he or she was then placed in segregation.

"It is a high number and the particular pod that we had found these individuals using had just been searched Friday and this was on Monday," said Sheriff Kevin Joyce with Cumberland County.

Sheriff Joyce called this an ongoing issue because so many inmates are struggling with addiction.

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Portland to draft ordinance for Uber cars

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Portland plans to draft an ordinance to regulate Uber drivers.

Uber is a taxi service run through a mobile app. Users can request Uber drivers through the app using their GPS location. The fees are often less than regular taxis. The app is popular in cities around the world and has been operating in Portland since October.

City officials from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon have voiced concerns over the lack of regulations the drivers face. Taxi drivers have also expressed frustration over the standards Uber drivers don't have to adhere to.

Hard Work, Innovation Lead Mercy Back to Black


Mercy Health System (Mercy Hospital and VNA Home Health Hospice) and EMHS are pleased to share that Mercy marked its first year as a member of EMHS by closing the 2014 fiscal year in the black.

Eileen Skinner, FACHE, Mercy president and CEO, and senior vice president of EMHS, says, “Going from a $12.6 million operating loss in fiscal year 2012, to a 2013 $5.9 million nine month operating loss, to a $3.4 million operating income in fiscal year 2014 is an accomplishment worth celebrating.” Skinner is also quick to point out that this accomplishment is the result of cost savings, budget controls, strong revenue management, and a lot of hard work by many people at both EMHS and Mercy.

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

So many tempting treats this time of year. Catching Health has some healthy strategies so you can have your cake and eat it too! Read more ...



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Munjoy Hill performance center moves forward

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The proposal for a performance center on Munjoy Hill moved forward Monday night when Portland City Council approved a conditional zoning agreement.

The Portland Press Herald reports the nonprofit Friends of the St. Lawrence Arts have designed a 54-foot-tall modern looking building at 76 Congress St. As of now, the building will not have parking and will seat 400 people.

Not only has the contemporary design met controversy, but the lack of parking has been a sticking point. However, only 10 people addressed the council before the vote, most saying that it would make parking very difficult for residents.

Evaluation ordered for man charged with killing mom

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge ordered a man accused of murdering his mother to undergo an emergency mental health evaluation. Andrew Leighton was scheduled to change his plea to guilty Tuesday, but before the hearing began, the judge ordered the evaluation.

Leighton, 48, had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder in May 2013 for the death of his mother, Shirley Leighton of Falmouth.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Leighton's attorneys met with Leighton in private Tuesday, then returned to the courtroom to speak with with Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea, who is prosecuting the case. The lawyers then left the courtroom again to speak with Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren behind closed doors.

Former attorney sentenced for 2 years for money laundering

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A successful former criminal defense attorney from Saco shed tears when he was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for laundering $177,500 for a marijuana smuggling ring.

Gary Prolman practiced law in the greater Portland area for more than two decades. The bar suspended his law license in June. At the sentencing hearing, he said he is still embarrassed by his actions.