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Rally in Maine follows indictment decision


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Images of greater St. Louis show the leftovers of protests following the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Following pleas of peace from the President to Brown's family, demonstrators gathered in solidarity of Ferguson, Mo. in Portland Tuesday.

"Truly what we need...vigils for our young who are taken far too soon," said Rachel Talbot Ross, the NAACP Portland Chapter president.

Portland Police identify homicide victim


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Portland Police identified 23-year-old Richard Lobor of Portland as the man shot to death Friday evening.

Police officials said the shooting happened at 214 Brighton Ave at the Princeton Village Apartment buildings.

Police responded around 9:05 p.m. Friday evening and found Lobor dead. Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said Lobor died of a gunshot wound. Police added that Lobor did not reside at the address and was a guest at the time of the incident.

Police say there is still no one is in custody at this time and they do not believe the perpetrator is in the area.


Portland Police investigating Brighton Ave shooting


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police are investigating an apparent homicide that happened on Brighton Avenue Friday night.

The shooting happened on at 214 Brighton Ave., which is the address for the Princeton Village Apartment buildings. Police responded around 9:05 p.m. and found one man dead. Police said no one is in custody at this time and they do not believe the perpetrator is in the area.

Roads were closed between Whitney Avenue and St. James Street for about six hours, but they have since reopened.


Portland outlines plan for inspection task force


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Portland outlined its plan for an inspection task force Friday. The city decided to create the task force after a fire at a duplex on Noyes Street killed six people. The Fire Marshal said that not all the smoke detectors were working in the rental units.

The city said the first phase of the plan is to conduct an internal review of city codes and ordinances. Then, the task force will review the fire and code inspection policies and practices. They will then draft recommendations based on their findings. The acting city manager will share the findings with Neighborhood Association representatives and allow for comment. The final draft will be given to the Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee for review.

The task force includes a wide variety of professionals with expertise in different areas relating to public safety and housing.

Maine Center for Creativity honors Patrick Dempsey


PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- Actor Patrick Dempsey lives in California, but Maine is home.

Dempsey was back in New England last weekend to receive an award from the Maine Center for Creativity. The award celebrates excellence in art and innovation. Dempsey was honored along with the CEO of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor.

On the surface it may seem like an unlikely pair to share the same stage, since one is a famous actor and the other a world renowned geneticist. They do have one very important thing in common: both are helping people fight cancer.

Patrick Dempsey has played Dr. Derek Shepard on the show "Grey's Anatomy" for the past nine years.

Jetport tops for being green, satisfaction


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two national airline industry organizations recognized the Portland International Jetport for its service and commitment to sustainability in November.

The Chicago Department of Aviation named Portland Jetport to its Airports Going Green list. The award recognizes pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry. Jetport's new addition in 2012 received a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building council.

In the latest ASQ survey, PWM ranked high in areas of overall satisfaction among passengers and among business and leisure travelers. It also scored high for its parking facilities, waiting times and efficiency.

The Jetport sees more than 1.5 million passengers a year and is Maine's busiest airport.


Portland Christmas tree arrives in downtown


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland is officially ready for the holiday season after crew placed the city's Christmas tree in Monument Square Thursday.

Crews removed the 40 foot spruce from a yard on Brentwood Street in Portland this morning. Crews had to host the tree high into the air in order to clear power lines. A small crow gathered to watch the tree removal.

"My father planted that probably 50 something years ago. That tree has to be 50 something years old/ My mom passed in April and she thought the tree would be used last year. So I'm sure they're looking down upon the tree saying, 'Here it is, Jenny, we're using it, Merry Christmas,'" said Jenny Pelletier, who used to live in the house.