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Activist admits he defied court order


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Freeport resident admitted on the witness stand Friday that he had violated a judge's order in an defamation trial case, reports the Portland Press Herald.

Paul Kendrick stood by his actions in U.S. District Court Friday and said that not disseminating the confidential information would be like walking by a burning building without sounding an alarm.

Kendrick has been accused of defamation because of his accusations that Michael Geilenfeld, an American founder of a Haitian orphanage, abused children. Geilenfeld's attorneys are now seeking more sanctions against him, even though the case hasn't gone to trial.

Kendrick admitted he had disseminated the confidential information in emails to hundreds of recipients and in blog submissions.

Portland sidewalks still snowy after storm


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Wednesday morning after the snow finished, many pedestrians were forced to use the streets rather than sidewalks to get around.

"It is a little tough. The sidewalks aren't cleared so well in some spots, but you know it only stopped snowing for like six hours. So, it is what you would expect. I guess," said Ben Converse.

The parts of the sidewalks not cleared also followed along tall snowbanks, causing safety concerns for pedestrians to see around and dangerous for drivers as well.

" I would just encourage our pedestrians certainly motorists as well, to be aware of pedestrians near snowbanks, intersections perhaps sight might be restricted until we can remove the snow," said Public Works Director Mike Bobinsky.

Portland officials prepare for big storm


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland is preparing for the winter storm that is predicted to leave around two feet of snow in the city.

Portland public services director said there's a chance it will be so bad, snow plow operators won't be able to drive. Portland has implemented a parking ban for the entire city from Monday at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

"Once people hit the roads in a snowstorm like this, they are part of the problem," said Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck.

Sauschuck said that if weather gets bad enough, police may decide to respond to emergencies only, like crimes of violence.

"We are ready for this, we've been preparing for this, and you are safe. But we need your help. Give us the opportunity to serve," said the Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria.

The city has not set up warming shelters yet.

Portland declares city wide parking ban


PORTLAND, Maine -- The City of Portland announced a city-wide parking ban effective 10:00 PM Saturday through 6:00 AM Sunday.

Officials say the city will tow any vehicle left on the city streets, at owner's expense.

City officials say there are many free options for parking on the peninsula. All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7:00 AM the morning the ban is removed. The city may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the 7:00 AM deadline:

◦Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only

◦State St. gravel lot abutting Deering Oaks

◦Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot

◦Hadlock Field parking lot

◦All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lot which abuts the school and playground

Celebrate winter with WinterFest


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Trucks brought snow into the Old Port Friday to transform downtown for Winterfest.

Winterfest kicks off with a Rail Jam on Spring Street between Center and Union Street. Snowboarders will do jumps and tricks on the course, while viewers can eat and listen to music. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, you can test your goal scoring skills in Monument Square against the Portland Pirates. There will also be WinterKids raffle.

The whole weekend WinterFest is sponsoring a scavenger hunt. To participate, download the "Social Scavenger" app, find the WinterFest Scavenger Hunt, and enter the passcode "winter." You could win free ticket to a Portland Pirates game.

Landlord has until Feb. 2 to clean up 188 Dartmouth St


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The owner of a building that was the scene of one of the deadliest fires in recent memory has been given one final warning by the City of Portland to fix violations at his other property on Dartmouth Street/

Gregory Nisbet owned the building on Noyes Street where six people died in November. Not far from that location, city inspectors found several violations at his other building at 186-188 Dartmouth St. On Friday the city sent out letters to Nisbet and his tenants informing them that if the violations are not corrected by Feb. 2, it will take legal action.

"Given the severity of what we've seen in the other properties we thought it was best to take this action and have a tighter timeline," said city spokesperson Jessica Grondin.

Attorney banned from representing clients against Cumberland County DA


CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge ruled that an attorney who is restricted from seeing his children due to alleged abuse is temporarily barred from representing clients that the Cumberland County District Attorney's office is prosecuting, reports the Portland Press Herald.

Fifty-two-year-old Anthony Sineni has received a lot of attention after Judge Moskowitz barred the media from reporting on his former girlfriend's testimony Jan. 5. He was sentenced for assault and disorderly conduct which stemmed from a domestic incident with Sineni's former girlfriend. As part of his sentence, he is under supervision by the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office for the next two years.

Justice Roland issued the order on Jan. 16 to limit Sineni's legal practice brought by Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, but not other prosecutors' offices.