Portland standoff ends peacefully

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man from Portland faces a number of charges after a standoff shut down part of Cedar Street for several hours Saturday.

Police responded to the area of 19 Cedar Street around 11 AM, where a woman had been shot in the chest.  Her name has not been released, and she was taken to Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police originally thought the gun was a rifle, but now believe only pellets were shot from it. 

48-year-old Brian Kelley from 19 Cedar St. in Portland was arrested just before 6 PM Saturday and was charged with elevated aggravated assault, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, and creating a police standoff. 

A SWAT team was called in and police negotiated with Kelley for several hours Saturday before he was taken into custody.  Tear gas was set off six times before Kelley surrendered to police. 

Man steals oxycodone from Windham pharmacy

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Windham are investigating a robbery at a drug store.

It happened shortly before nine o'clock on Saturday night.  Surveillance video shows a single white male walking into the Walgreen's store wearing a black parka and sunglasses.  Witnesses put his height between 5'6"-5'10". 

The man apparently handed over a note demanding oxycodone and saying that he had a gun.  No gun was shown and no one was hurt in the robbery.  He made off with an undisclosed amount of pills.

The investigation is still open.

Maine Author's New Book Traces Aftermath of Communism in Eastern Europe

Maine author Kristen Ghodsee’s latest nonfiction book, "Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life after Communism," recounts the stories of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. At a time of seemingly unprecedented global unrest and many countries teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Ghodsee’s ethnographic essays and stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009 are more relevant than ever.

Ghodsee will present "Lost in Transition" at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 as part of the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag series.

In "Lost in Transition," Ghodsee—who serves as director and John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College—explains why it is that so many Eastern Europeans are nostalgic for the communist past by using Bulgaria as a lens for exploring the broader transition from communism to democracy.

Brunswick Psychiatrist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Brunswick Psychiatrist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Psychiatrist David A. Moltz, MD, DLFAPA, has been awarded the Dr. Ulrich B. Jacobsohn Lifetime Achievement Award for his “extraordinary and tireless efforts” on behalf of those with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Moltz is Unit Chief of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Mid Coast Hospital. The presentation was made at the April 28, 2012 Annual Membership Meeting of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians.

Dr. Moltz received this prestigious award for “providing and advocating excellent treatment for Maine citizens with psychiatric disorders.” He has been practicing psychiatry for 35 years, 22 of which have been in Maine.  

Mid Coast Hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health department includes the Addition Resource Center (ARC).

Cargo conundrum faces Maine maritime officials

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The sudden shuttering of a weekly container cargo service between Halifax, Nova Scotia, Portland and Boston has left businesses that used the service scrambling and maritime officials looking into other opportunities.

Late last week, American Feeder Lines announced it would no longer be running its weekly container service between the three ports.  The company cited low container volumes and a loss of  private investment as the reasons for the move.

"The biggest impact is on the shippers that were using the service," stated John Henshaw, executive director of the Maine Port Authority. "Obviously they were only using the service if it was in their interest to do so.  They were either saving time or saving money and so those shippers will have to find other routes to market or to receive their imported goods in Maine."

Aserela's annual Celebration for the Children


Aserela's annual Celebration for the Children will be held on Saturday, May 12th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Every year Aserela has a large community dinner to fundraise for the Nyolo Hope Primary School project. The celebration provides good food, traditional South Sudanese dancing, music and educational awareness of the progress in Kit, South Sudan.

Tickets for the Celebration For The Children are $20 for adults, $5 for those between 11 and 19 and free for kids under 11.

For more information on Aserela click here: ASERELA


A printable version of Madalena Moto's recipe for African Doughnuts can be found on the 207 Kitchen section of our website.


USM President survives no confidence vote

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - More than half the faculty at the University of Southern Maine has voted that it has no confidence in President Selma Botman, but the vote lacked the majority needed to pass.

USM spokesman Bob Caswell says the 194-88 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.

Voting was open to 377 full-time faculty members on Tuesday and Wednesday.

University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page said in a statement Wednesday, "The fact that this vote occurred is a matter we take very seriously." He says he plans to "engage with all of the parties involved to move USM forward."

William Steele from the university's theater department says many faculty members disagree with a campus-wide reorganization by Botman and think she isn't doing enough to stem declining enrollment.