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Man arrested for One City Center shooting


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police arrested Ajay Narayanan early Friday morning after an altercation in front of One City Center involving a security guard. Police say the suspect shot a pellet gun at the guard.

Overnight security guard Mike Conicelli asked the suspect who was loitering around the front entrance of the building to leave the area after employees felt uneasy about him standing around the main entrance.

Conicelli said he asked the man if he was okay and then told him he needed to move on and leave the area.

The suspect then got physical and came at him. Conicelli said he pushed the suspect and after that the suspect pulled a gun on him.

Arguments delivered in dispute over 65 bills in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's highest court is being asked to resolve a potential constitutional crisis as Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Legislature dispute the fate of 65 bills.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said Friday the court can issue only an advisory opinion, but acknowledged justices could provide "greater clarity" for the governor and lawmakers down the road.

The leadership of the Maine House and Senate contends the bills became law because of the governor's failure to act within 10 days of receiving them. LePage argued that the 10-day deadline didn't apply because lawmakers had adjourned, but lawmakers contend they'd planned all along to return.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case on an expedited basis. More than a dozen lawmakers observed the proceedings in the packed courtroom.


2nd man pleads not guilty to Old Port shooting charges


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The second man facing charges for the murder of a 19-year-old in Portland pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Gang Majok pleaded not guilty to murder and elevated aggravated assault in the shooting at "Da Block Studios" on Fore Street on May 25. Trey Arsenault was killed in the shooting, and 20-year-old Mohamed "Lefty" Ali was injured. Johnny Ouch, who was arrested earlier in July, is facing the same charges as Majok, murder and elevated aggravated assault. He also pleaded not guilty.

Arsenault's mother was in the courtroom Wednesday, and so was Majok's mother. Neither one spoke with the media.

Majok is being held without bail on the murder charge until a hearing, if his court-appointed attorney requests it.

Old Port murder suspect to appear in court


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of the suspects facing murder charges for a deadly shooting in the Old Port is expected in court later Wednesday.

The shooting happened back in May outside "Da-Block" studios on the corner of Fore and Market Streets. Portland police arrested and charged Gang Deng Majok with shooting and killing 19-year-old Trey Arsenault.

Police say another person was wounded in the shooting and is still recovering.

Police say agents with the U-S Marshals Southern Maine Violent Offenders task force arrested Majok earlier this week at his girlfriend's home on Gooch street in Saco.

Another man, Johnny Ouch, also faces murder charges in the deadly Old Port shooting.


Old Port shooting victim's mother speaks


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The mother of one of the victims from the May 25 Old Port shooting spoke Tuesday after Portland Police announced the arrest of the second shooter.

Nineteen-year-old Trey Arsenault's mother shared her relief of 30-year-old Gang Deng Majok's arrest. Arsenault died from injuries he suffered in the Old Port shooting.

"I'm very much relieved that this other person is on the street. I knew the day was coming I just didn't know when," said Laxson. "I don't understand why his life was taken so early. But it was, and now it's time to let justice come help our family."

Majok has a long criminal history that includes drug trafficking, violating conditions of release and terrorizing.

Portland Police maintain that the 19-year-old was a bystander in the incident in the studio.

Portland Police make 2nd arrest in Old Port shooting


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police held a press conference at 9 a.m Tuesday to discuss the arrest of the second person involved in the May 25 Old Port shooting that killed one man and left another injured.

Police arrested 30-year-old Gang Deng Majok Monday at 14 Gooch St. in Saco without incident. He was charged with murder and elevated aggravated assault. Portland Police say officers with Saco and Biddeford Police, as well as U.S. Marshals with the Southern Maine Violent Offenders Task Force arrested at his girlfriend's residence. Police add that agents with Maine Drug Enforcement assisted in the arrest.

Maine court says man's sign at jury selection was tampering


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's highest court says it was proper for a lower court to convict a man of jury tampering after he held up a sign as jurors were being selected for his trial.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday against Joseph Solomon II's appeal of a judgment against him. He was in court for jury selection in March 2013 when he wrote "Please don't let them railroad your Veterans" on a piece of paper and held it up in view of 25 to 30 potential jurors.

Solomon faced trial on a charge of violating a protective order.

A lower court sentenced Solomon to two years in prison, with all but nine months suspended, and two years of probation for tampering.

Solomon did not immediately return a call seeking comment.