Portland-based fishing boat towed home by Coast Guard after fire

PORTLAND, Maine (PRESS HERALD) -- A Portland-based fishing boat had to be towed back to port by the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday night after its crew extinguished an onboard fire about six miles from the Jeffreys Ledge fishing area.

A crew member aboard the 40-foot Gretchen Marie contacted the Coast Guard at about 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday to report a fire with heavy smoke in the boat’s pilothouse, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning.

The two men aboard the boat managed to put out the engine fire themselves before a Coast Guard rescue boat and helicopter arrived. Both men were unharmed.

Plan for Portland Co. complex leaves out industrial building

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Developers of a historic Portland property have unveiled new images of their plan, including brick facades, office space and a waterfront plaza.
Project developer CPB2 officially unveiled the plan on Wednesday, but excluded an industrial building.
The city's Historic Preservation Board recommended preserving eight buildings, including a former railroad equipment manufacturer's erecting shop.
But the Portland Press Herald reports the shop is missing from the rendering and its footprint is part of a public plaza.
The developer is slated to meet with officials at a Planning Board hearing on Sept. 8. The hearing will decide whether to designate the district as historic and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
The Portland Co. began operating at the site in 1847 and ceased operating in 1982.

Phony distress call leads to 1-year prison sentence

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen imposed the sentence Thursday on 23-year-old Owen Adair of Vinalhaven, Maine. He also was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to serve up to a year of home confinement.
Prosecutors said Adair used a two-way radio call to issue a hoax call, saying "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" before proceeding to tell the Coast Guard his brother had suffered a serious laceration on a commercial boat.
Adair gave false information about the boat's location, leading to a seven-hour wild goose chase. Rear Adm. Linda Fagan, Coast Guard commander in New England, said "lives were unnecessarily put at risk" during the search. 

Drug Summit focuses on law enforcement

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  The state’s top law enforcement officials said they need to do a better job with communication to catch more drug smugglers; that’s one of the biggest action items to come out of today’s drug summit in Augusta.

The summit was prompted by continuing worry about the growing death toll from  heroin and other opioid drugs in Maine. State figures show more than 100 drug overdose deaths in the first half of this year, which follows the loss of more than 200 lives to overdose in 2014. Its one of the biggest factors the drove the governor to call the drug law enforcement summit.

Portland co-developers unveil project images

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Developers of a controversial project along the Portland waterfront have unveiled some images of what they plan to do with the property. 

A company called CPB2 purchased the buildings and land of the Portland Company Complex. Developers said the project will include office, residential and retail space, including a marketplace. Some neighbors want their waterfront views preserved and have put a question on the November ballot to stop the project.

Developers showed how they would preserve some of the historic aspects of the buildings Wednesday, but don't want to show all of their plans due to the uncertainty of the project. 

New addition to tennis courts vandalized at Deering High School

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Portland Police are investigating a case of vandalism at Deering High School Wednesday.

Overnight a person or persons cut up sections of a new windscreen that was put on the fencing around the tennis court. The damage is estimated to be about $2,500.

"I'm heartbroken, It makes me cry that it's gone. It was such a great addition to our tennis courts, the facility around us," said Assistant Athletic Director Gloria Miller.

She says this is not just a loss for the school's tennis players, but for all the people in the neighborhood who enjoy the game and use the courts.

The screen was put up this spring at a cost of $5,000 dollars to block the wind and enhance the tennis facilities here. More than half of it is damaged.

Kelsey Lends a Hand: A day at the ballpark

Portland, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Baseball games are a favorite summer activity for many, but what's a game without the peanuts and Cracker Jacks? While spectators sit in their seat munching away on their snack there is a vendor walking up and down the stadium stairs trying to make a sale. The job is no easy task, I know from personal experience. I joined vendor Katie Hodgdon at Hadlock Field as she sold Sea Dog Biscuits during a home game.