Car washes busy because of warm weather


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some businesses, like ski resorts, rely on snow during the winter. Others get a boost when the weather is sunny and relatively warm, like it has been lately.

The people who decided to get their car washed Sunday realized a lot of other people had the same idea. Car washes in Portland had lines dozens of cars long.

"Everybody's at the car wash today apparently," Kristin Roberts, who was getting her car cleaned at Scrub-a-Dub Carwash, said.

The drivers we talked to said these temperatures are good for a lot of reasons. With no snow expected this week, there won't be any fresh salt or sand on the roads, and you don't have to worry about below-freezing temperatures.

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Mainers brave icy water for Camp Sunshine


 

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Saturday many braved the icy waters of Casco Bay to raise money for a local cause.

The Camp Sunshine Polar Dips hosted its 9th annual event, raising money for Camp Sunshine - a non-profit retreat on Sebago Lake for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling and Miss Maine were both at the event. 

Event organizers said they're happy with the turnout.

Memorial to Noyes St. fire victims comes down


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The memorial to the six victims of the Noyes Street fire of 2014 was taken down Saturday afternoon after the lease of the space with the city expired, according to the artist.

The 'Stars of Light' memorial hung in Longfellow Park for 90 days as a dedication to the six people who died in one of Maine's deadliest fires in decades.

Friday night, family members of those who died gathered in the park and lit candles to remember their loved ones.

"I've lost a father in my life, I've lost a sister in my life, but losing a daughter is just something that will never, ever be replaced," said Louis Thomas, father of Ashley Thomas, who was killed in blaze.

Man robs CVS at knife point, police looking to identify suspect


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police said they are looking for a man that robbed a CVS pharmacy in Portland Thursday night. 

Portland Police said the suspect entered the CVS on Forest Avenue, displayed a knife and demanded cash from the clerk. 

Police describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 5’ 10” tall, medium build, and wearing a long-sleeved white and tan plaid shirt, beige winter hat over a Patriots hat, dark grey or black sweatpants, black shoes, and a black scarf covering his face.

Officials said the suspect fled in the vicinity of Dartmouth Street after the robbery. 

Police are asking anyone that may have observed the crime or that may have come into contact with the suspect to call The Portland Police Department at  207-874-8533.


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Portland police detain 13 in suspected crack house bust


PORTLAND, Maine(NEWS CENTER) --  Portland police say they have recieved several complaints of drug trafficking in a particular neighborhood in Portland. 

On Thursday night, police served a search warrant for the home on 61 Grant Street and seized a significant amount crack cocaine 

The Special Reaction Team entered the home and detained 13 people who were found in the small apartment. Three people fled by jumping through a closed bedroom window. They were quickly detained outside. All three received injuries from the broken glass and were given medical treatment.

It appears the apartment was being used extensively for crack cocaine trafficking, police said. During the search 74.8 grams of cocaine base (crack) and $1,053 was seized.

Portland Police raid suspected drug house Wednesday night


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police seized "significant" amounts of crack cocaine in a Wednesday night raid. 

Lieutenant James Sweatt said in a press release that the department was responding to several neighborhood complaints that indicated a high amount of drug activity. 

Sweatt said the Special Reaction team served a search warrant at 61 Grant Street at approximately 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night. 

Police seized approximately 74.8 grams of cocaine base (crack) and $1,053 of alleged drug money during the raid. 

Sweatt said while there was clear evidence the residence was being used for drug transactions, no drug arrests were made Wednesday. Sweatt did expect that to change over the coming days. 


Two people found in Portland homeless count


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Even with the milder winter we've had so far, the weather this time of year is dangerous for homeless people.

In Portland, volunteers hit the streets for the annual Point-in-Time homeless survey. They found two people.

Only people who can be identified count toward the official total. For example, volunteers found a man tonight who didn't want to take part in the survey.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires cities across the country to count the number of homeless people sleeping outside. It uses the data to decide how much money to give each city for services for the homeless.