State Theatre announces plans for outdoor concert venue


(NEWS CENTER) -- The State Theatre announced today that they have signed an agreement to develop an outdoor concert venue at Thompson's Point in Portland.

The State Theatre will serve as the exclusive promoters for the venue and plans to host concerts beginning in summer 2015. The State will also handle all aspects of production, ticketing, marketing and talent acquisition.

The concert venue will be located on the southern tip of the Point, adjacent to the recently restored section of the Union Station platform shed that was moved to Thompson's Point in the 1960's. Thompson's Point will have an initial capacity of 5,000 for concerts and festivals. And, within close proximity to downtown Portland, the venue will eventually be linked to Portland Trails for easy walking and biking access.

NAACP, City of Portland hold race relations forum

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The NAACP, Portland Police Department and two local churches held a race relations forum Monday. They decided to have the forum because of the problems in Ferguson, Missouri, where a Caucasian officer shot an African American unarmed teen. Riots followed as people questioned whether the shooting was justified.

Police Chief Mike Sauschuck lead a question and answer session about how his department works. He said the point of these conversations is to create trust between the police and the community.

"The important part is that people know that we're paying attention, that we care about their opinion, and we're going to do something about it," he said.

Chief Sauschuck said that there could be other discussions in the future, depending on what comes out of this meeting.

Pratt murder trial begins in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Jurors began hearing testimony Monday in the murder trial of Anthony Pratt.

The New York man is accused of killing Rita Fisenko Scott in 2012. Her body was discovered two months after her death inside her vehicle parked outside a Portland motel.

The prosecutor told jurors that Pratt was engaged to Fisenko Scott, even though she was still married. He said Pratt assaulted her the day before she disappeared because he was upset she had gone to visit her husband. Pratt left Maine for New York around the same time Fisenko Scott disappeared. The prosecutor told jurors he never again inquired about the woman he was engaged to.

"This man, the defendant Anthony Pratt, shot Rita . He shot her with this gun that he obtained just weeks before the murder," Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber told jurors.

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

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.