PPD: Man arrested after impersonating officer, sexual assault

PORTLAND, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- Portland police say 57-year-old Gary Mariner of Lyman, was arrested on Thursday after following an investigation into a sexual assault claim. 

Police say the investigation began on  September 15 when a  24-year-old Portland woman told officers that she had been the victim of a sexual assault by a man claiming to be a police officer.

The victim told them that she had been engaging in prostitution when the man picked her up.

According to police, Mariner identified himself as a police officer, displaying a badge and a handgun. Reports state he then threatened to arrest the woman and demanded sex.  Following a sex act she was released uninjured. 

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Portland man charged in multiple car burglaries

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to Portland police, a local man has been arrested in connection with a spree of car burglaries that happened back on June 9 in the Marginal Way area. 

Police say about 30 cars had windows broken and cash stolen that night. DNA analysis led to the arrest of 36-year-old Scott Hurd of Portland, police say. 

On Thursday afternoon, Hurd was charged  with two of those burglaries. He was already at the Cumberland County Jail on other charges. 

Hurd is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.  He is charged with four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, a class C felony.  His bail has been set at $15,000.00.  Additional charges are expected. 


Portland Downtown unveils new logo, eyes expansion

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland's Downtown District has gotten a makeover. It unveiled a new name, logo and website Thursday evening.

"There is sort of a reawakening, a re-envisioning of our organization," Executive Director Casey Gilbert said.

The name change is subtle. The organization will now be called Portland Downtown.

Portland Downtown will stick to its core mission of marketing the city's downtown district and promoting economic success for its businesses.

In addition to a new logo and website, Portland Downtown also recently rolled out a five-year strategic plan. One of its goals is to grow the downtown district.

Portland day school blames city's drainage system for flooding

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A Portland daycare is cleaning up after Wednesday's storm flooded the school.

Trinity Day School is just one of the businesses dealing with a leftover mess. According to Staff at the school, the city should be taking responsibility for all the flooding.

The school believes the sewage and drainage renovation project somehow failed.

City officials argue it will take a long time to fix the outdated system completely. The city has already spent millions on the project.

According to staff, they never experienced flooding until the City finished up their system renovation.

Doug Crosby with Trinity Episcopal Church said, "you could see going up Forest Ave all the manhole covers were coming up, and there was water everywhere. That's from the storm drain. To me, that shouldn't be happening."

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Woman pleads not guilty in false Back Cove trail assault

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The woman charged with filing a false report of sexual assault on Portland's Back Cove trail has entered a not guilty plea.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Sarah Dodge entered her plea on Wednesday.

Back in August, Dodge had told police that she was sexually assaulted while walking on the Back Cove trail around 12:15 p.m. on a Wednesday. She claimed a man dragged her off the path and sexually assaulted her in a grassy area behind the soccer field near I-295.

Police say the woman even gave a description of the alleged criminal. Just days later, while police were still investigating the alleged incident, she took back her story. 

Rain floods streets in southern Portland neighborhoods

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Rain flooded streets in southern neighborhoods of Portland Wednesday causing major traffic delays.

Cars were stranded after trying to drive through multiple inches of water.

Flooding on Commercial Street in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Commercial Street is at the bottom of the hill of many of Portland's main streets; that is the reason for all the problems.

Water, water everywhere. That's how it felt. So much water, so quickly, that it overwhelmed the storm sewers and came gushing out into the streets.

Traffic was tied up in some places, working around flooded spots. In other places, like the corner of Commercial and Maple Streets, there was no getting through.

The water rose to well over a foot deep. Driving was tough, and drivers often had to look for sudden detours. Walking was even harder. People made the best of it...some even seemed to enjoy it.