Police concerned about growing bath salts use

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The fight against the street drug bath salts has mainly been centered in the Bangor area because that's the place with the most cases. But police in both Lewiston and Portland say bath salts are becoming a growing problem in their areas. And they are very concerned. Lewiston's police chief, Mike Bussiere, says in many ways, bath salts are worse than any drug he's seen in a long time.

Wednesday - September 28, 2011


John Connolly's latest book in his Charlie Parker Detective Series is "The Burning Soul".  John is holding a booksigning event at The Great Lost Bear on Wednesday, September 28th at 7 PM.

For more information on John Connolly click here: JOHN CONNOLLY

For more information on The Great Lost Bear click here:  GREAT LOST BEAR 


David Livingstone Smith at Portland Public Library


Dr. David Livingstone Smith will speak about his book, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others at the Port;and Public Library's Brown Bag Lecture series on Wednesday, September 28th at noon in the Rines auditorium.  The lecture will be followed by a book signing. 

For more information on David Livingstone Smith click here: DAVID LIVINGSTONE SMITH

For more information on the Portland Public Library click here:  PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Police look for suspect in pharmacy robbery

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Portland are looking for the person who robbed a CVS on Forest Avenue.

Police say Friday night around 8 o'clock the man approached the pharmacist demanding prescription drugs.

The man did not display a weapon and left the store on foot with an unknown amount of drugs.

No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male about 25 years old with a thin build.

If you have information about this crime you can contact Portland Police or Text a Tip to 274637 (CRIMES), text the word 'Gotcha' and your tip.

PSO Designer Showhouse


The Portland Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse will be open through October 2nd.  More than a dozen area designers participated in renovating the home at 149 Western Promenade in Portland.   In addition to tours of the Show House there are also demonstrations and workshops.

Debra Kingry and James Light are designers with Simply Home/Banks Design Associates LTD.

For more information on the Portland Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse along with details on ticket prices, click here:  PSO DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

For more information on Kingry and Light click here:  SIMPLY HOME 

Black bear shot in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A black bear was shot by the Maine Warden Service earlier this morning in Portland.

Portland Police got a call around 4:30 this morning reporting a bear sitting in the area of Veranda and Oregon Streets. Shortly after police arrived on the scene, the Warden Service was contacted because the bear was in a tree in a neighborhood.  After awhile the bear descended and ran through the neighborhood, eventually reaching an embankment near water between Route 1 and the highway. That's when the warden shot the bear.

"It was a decision based on public safety," Sgt. Tim Spahr, Game Warden Service, said. 

The bear meat is being taken to soup kitchens in the area, and the hide will be made available for scientists to research. 

A daughter reminds people the importance of donating blood

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A daughter is doing everything she can to make people aware of how critical it is to donate blood.

Lori Brady's mother has been ill for the past couple of years and has needed dozens of blood transfusions in that time. Blood inventories across the northeast are at extremely low levels and continuing to decline. Brady helped organize St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence's first ever blood drive.  She said it's the only way she knows how to let people know how donating blood can really make an impact on someone's life.

"Without the donations she wouldn't still be here," Brady said. "So I thank everyone and encourage anyone if they're eligible and able to give to do so."

The blood drive will be happening until 3 this afternoon at St. Joseph's.