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Noyes street landlord pleads not guilty to manslaughter, other charges


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Gregory Nisbet plead not guilty to manslaughter and other charges Friday at the Cumberland County Superior Court.

Those indictments were handed down earlier this month after plea negotiations fell through.

Back on July 10, a grand jury indicted the Noyes Street landlord for six counts of manslaughter and four criminal violations of the Life Safety Code, stemming from a fire where six people died.

Sen. King proposes new refugee work law


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- New legislation aims to get refugees working sooner and, lawmakers hope, reduce their need for taxpayer support.

Senator Angus King of Maine announced his bill in front of Portland City Hall, along with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. Current federal law prevents refugees from applying for work before they've been in the United States at least six months. King says there's no reason asylum-seekers should sit out of the job market more than a month. Without other resources, most refugees get all of their support for lodging and food through taxpayer-funded government assistance.

Portland man found guilty of sexually assaulting 8-year-old


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland man has been found guilty Thursday at the Cumberland County Superior Court of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old.

According to Scarborough Police it took the jury only 1 hour and 40 minutes to convict 29-year-old Timothy M. Hunt.

A criminal investigation was launched against Hunt back in 2013 after the victim's mother contacted police, according to Police.

Police say the assaults happened at the Downeaster Motel in Scarborough between January 2013 and July 2013, while Hunt was the caretaker of the victim.

The sentencing hearing for Hunt will take place in September at the Cumberland County Superior Court.


Man arrested for One City Center shooting


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police arrested Ajay Narayanan early Friday morning after an altercation in front of One City Center involving a security guard. Police say the suspect shot a pellet gun at the guard.

Overnight security guard Mike Conicelli asked the suspect who was loitering around the front entrance of the building to leave the area after employees felt uneasy about him standing around the main entrance.

Conicelli said he asked the man if he was okay and then told him he needed to move on and leave the area.

The suspect then got physical and came at him. Conicelli said he pushed the suspect and after that the suspect pulled a gun on him.

Arguments delivered in dispute over 65 bills in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's highest court is being asked to resolve a potential constitutional crisis as Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Legislature dispute the fate of 65 bills.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said Friday the court can issue only an advisory opinion, but acknowledged justices could provide "greater clarity" for the governor and lawmakers down the road.

The leadership of the Maine House and Senate contends the bills became law because of the governor's failure to act within 10 days of receiving them. LePage argued that the 10-day deadline didn't apply because lawmakers had adjourned, but lawmakers contend they'd planned all along to return.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case on an expedited basis. More than a dozen lawmakers observed the proceedings in the packed courtroom.


2nd man pleads not guilty to Old Port shooting charges


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The second man facing charges for the murder of a 19-year-old in Portland pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Gang Majok pleaded not guilty to murder and elevated aggravated assault in the shooting at "Da Block Studios" on Fore Street on May 25. Trey Arsenault was killed in the shooting, and 20-year-old Mohamed "Lefty" Ali was injured. Johnny Ouch, who was arrested earlier in July, is facing the same charges as Majok, murder and elevated aggravated assault. He also pleaded not guilty.

Arsenault's mother was in the courtroom Wednesday, and so was Majok's mother. Neither one spoke with the media.

Majok is being held without bail on the murder charge until a hearing, if his court-appointed attorney requests it.

Old Port murder suspect to appear in court


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of the suspects facing murder charges for a deadly shooting in the Old Port is expected in court later Wednesday.

The shooting happened back in May outside "Da-Block" studios on the corner of Fore and Market Streets. Portland police arrested and charged Gang Deng Majok with shooting and killing 19-year-old Trey Arsenault.

Police say another person was wounded in the shooting and is still recovering.

Police say agents with the U-S Marshals Southern Maine Violent Offenders task force arrested Majok earlier this week at his girlfriend's home on Gooch street in Saco.

Another man, Johnny Ouch, also faces murder charges in the deadly Old Port shooting.