Portland police make arrest in Monday morning bank robbery

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Portland police made an arrest shortly after a bank robbery Monday morning.

Police arrested 59-year-old Francis Ready of Portland after he allegedly robbed the Bangor Savings Bank at 883 Forest Avenue.

Ready was taken into custody a short time later by officers responding to the call.

Ready allegedly entered the bank showing a handgun and demanded cash.

There were no customers in the bank at the time. Ready fled the scene on foot, officials said.

Portland Police Chief Vernon Malloch said the F.B.I. is also investigating, and Ready is expected to be charged federally with bank robbery.

Pedestrians hit by car in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police are investigating a serious crash on Auburn Street that left a 34-year-old and a 3-year-old with serious injuries.

The pedestrians were crossing the street when a sport utility vehicle struck them. They were transported to Maine Medical Center.

The driver was not injured.

Their names have not yet been released.

Part of the road was shut down while police investigated and reconstructed the crash.

Police say speed does not appear to be a factor.

Pro-life supporters protest Planned Parenthood

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dozens of Mainers gathered on Congress Street in Portland Saturday morning either to protest or support the continued funding of Planned Parenthood.

Pro-life supporters protested outside the Planned Parenthood building calling for the federal government to defund the women's health organization, claiming that the company "kills babies."

One protester said Planned Parenthood was "no different than Auschwitz."

The protesters said this gathering was part of a second National Day of Protest.

Pro-choice supporters from the Reproductive Action League stood in Monument Square, holding signs that read "If it isn't your body, it isn't your choice," voicing their sentiment that the decision of abortion should be left to the woman.

Camden man gets 4 years for embezzlement from charity

PORTLAND, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- Russell Brace of Camden was sentenced Friday to four years in a federal prison, for stealing more than $4.6 million dollars from United Mid-Coast Charities.

Brace, 82, had been a respected Camden business man, who also served as volunteer president of United Mid-coast Charities. The charity serves Knox and Waldo Counties, and distributes money to a number of non-profit organizations and causes.

City of Portland seeks perfect Christmas tree to ring in the holiday season

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)  -- The City of Portland has begun its hunt to find the the perfect 45-foot to 60-foot well-rounded tree to be decorated with thousands of LED lights and installed at Monument Square in downtown Portland for the holiday season.

According to the city the tree move is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, leaving just six weeks to locate the perfect tree!

"Each year we look for a stately and well-rounded tree within 10 miles of Portland that a resident needs to have taken down. If selected, the tree will be cut down and transported downtown at no cost to the home owner," said Portland City Arborist Jeff Tarling.

The target area is 'Greater Portland' and includes: South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Westbrook, Gorham, Falmouth, Cumberland & Yarmouth.

Diver pulled from Portland Harbor identified

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland police have tentatively identified the man killed Wednesday in an apparent driving accident as 56-year-old Dennis McGrath of Scarborough. 

Police say McGrath was diving under the fishing vessel Jamie & Ashley, which was docked at the Portland Fish Pier at 300 Commercial Street.

The man was removing tangled line from the prop and shaft at the time of his death, police say. 

 The death remains under investigation, but does not appear suspicious. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is also investigating.    

Portland's mayoral candidates square off

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Portland's candidates for mayor squared off in a debate at the University of Southern Maine Wednesday night.

Incumbent Mayor Michael Brennan, Learning Works CEO Ethan Strimling, and Green Party activist leader Tom MacMillan answered questions submitted by members of the Portland community.

They tackled some of the biggest topics facing the city today -- such as asylum seekers, minimum wage and the position of Mayor itself.