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Man hospitalized after being struck by train in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man is in the hospital after being hit by a train in Portland this morning.

A spokesperson for Pan AM confirmed that one of their trains hit the man shortly after 1 a.m. as he was walking on the tracks near Forest Avenue. The train was stopped for more than five hours as police investigated the incident.

The man, whose identity has not been released, has been taken to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.


Gas prices drop slightly in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gas prices have fallen slightly in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.44 a gallon, down 5.1 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

The price is 10 cents higher than the price of a gallon of gas nationally, which increased 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34.

The national price stands 8.6 cents lower from a year ago.

Gas prices in Maine are 15.3 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.


Coast Guard stops impaired boater in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The operator of a 35-foot sailboat has been charged with drunken boating after his vessel allegedly struck a moored boat near Portland Harbor.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that on Sunday it received notification of the contact between vessels from a Casco Bay Lines employee.

A crew from Coast Guard Station South Portland immediately responded and boarded the vessel. Portland police also arrived and conducted a field sobriety test. Tests determined the operator was impaired and was arrested for boating under the influence.

No one was board the 50-foot vessel that was struck.

The Coast Guard did not release a name.

Trial of N.Y. man accused of Portland murder to begin Monday


(Portland Press Herald) -- Lawyers are scheduled to make their opening statements Monday in the murder trial of Anthony Pratt Jr., a New York man accused of killing his married lover, whose body was found last year in a parked vehicle in a Portland motel parking lot.

Pratt, 21, is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Margarita Fisenko Scott of Westbrook once in the neck inside a Portland apartment on Nov. 10, 2012. But it wasn't until Jan. 17, 2013, that her husband found her body in the back of a snow-covered Chevrolet Trailblazer at Motel 6 on Riverside Street.

Portland testing its 1st bicycle corral


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland showed its commitment Friday to making the city more bicycle-friendly with the unveiling of a new a new bicycle corral.

The corral on Commercial Street is in one loading zone space, there are now 10 bicycle parking spaces. Arabica Coffee and Rosemont Market are helping the city foot the bill for the pilot program. The city has installed several bike hitches, but it can't keep up with the growing number of bikes used to get around. It's a problem Portland's Planning and Urban Development Department is happy to address.

MDEA arrest two for Bayside neighborhood drugs


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man jumped from a second story window Wednesday when Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Portland Police served a warrant at an apartment.

Officials served a drug related search warrant to residents at 362 Cumberland Ave. after a month long investigation into drug activity in the neighborhood. Police arrested Thomas Wiggins and Michael Minson on drug related charges. Officials caught the man that jumped out of the window and took him into custody, and then released him.

Police did not say what drugs were involved. A canine team from the Westbrook Police Department assisted. MDEA is continuing to investigate.


Wounded Warrior inspires during National Rehab Week


PORTLAND, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- For National Rehab Week, the

New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland

brought in First Lady Ann LePage, and someone she calls an American Hero.

Retired US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills spoke to a patients and staff at the hospital Monday afternoon, sharing his personal story of injury and rehabilitation.

In 2010, he lost his arms and legs in an explosion while serving in Iraq.

"You know, you wake up -- no arms, no legs in the hospital, and you find out this is your new life," said Mills.