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.

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.

Second annual YogaFest held in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Yogis from across the state gathered in Portland this weekend for the second annual Maine YogaFest.

The two-day festival features workshops, vendors, and live music. It nearly doubled in size since the inaugural event last year, attracting hundreds of people to the East End Community School to share their passion for posing.

For these yogis, this is more than just a workout. For many of them, it's a daily practice that they work into their routine.

The festival's organizers say they started the event because interest in yoga here in Maine is growing.

They invited yoga studios from Kittery to Fort Kent to participate, transforming the East End Community School into a yoga studio.

Maine Grandmother Embarks on Year Long Kayak Journey

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dr. Deborah Walters, a 63 year old grandmother from Troy, began her year-long journey to Guatemala this morning when she began paddling from the Yarmouth Boat Launch with a group of friends and well wishers to Portland.

"I am just humbled by the outpouring of support from people," she said as she prepared her kayak for the first leg of the trip. "I am going to be relying on the kindness of strangers, and that is the same for the children in Guatemala, they're relying on the generosity of strangers to really make a difference in their lives."

Walters was inspired to embark on this solo kayaking adventure when she visited Guatemala City and saw the living conditions and lack of opportunities faced by children and their families who are forced to make a living and scrounge for food in the city's dump.

Protesters return to Planned Parenthood after buffer zone lifted

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Protesters returned to the front of the Planned Parenthood clinic on Congress Street, now that the city council has repealed a buffer zone.

A handful of anti-abortion activists stood next to the clinic's entrance this morning. The buffer zone was enacted last November and kept the protesters 39-feet away from the entrance. The Portland City Council voted Monday to lift the restrictions after the US Supreme Court ruled a similar buffer zone in Massachusetts was unconstitutional. While a few protesters said they were exercising the rights to stand right out in front of Planned Parenthood, the majority of them stayed across the street.

"We really didn't want to be in people's faces. We don't want to come across as harassing people and what not. We are here to give the good news of Jesus Christ and we're also here to try to save babies", said protester Penny Drew.

Maine pilot makes final flight for Air National Guard over Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It was the final flight for an Air National Guard pilot from Gorham..... and what a crowd that turned out to witness it.

It was right around three O'clock when three F-15 fighter jets whizzed over the Portland Jetport. One of them was flown by Lt. Col. Eric Samuelson, who is retiring after 24 years of military service.
He was allowed to select the location of his last training mission and he chose his home state of Maine.

"This is my favorite mission in the world. To get out and be over my home state, to fly and approach at my home airport", Samuelson said.

When he is not flying jets, Samuelson oversees the congregation at The Rock Church in Scarborough as Pastor.
Today, Dozens of church members turned out for his final fly over.