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Man police deemed 'dangerous' arrested again in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland police have arrested 51-year-old Steven Ricci Thursday afternoon at his home on Brighton Avenue.

Police say Ricci is charged with two counts of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Police report The Portland Police Behavioral Health Coordinator and a Mental Health Liaison were meeting with Ricci for a pre-scheduled follow-up when he threatened them with a knife. Police also say Ricci used the knife to cut off the GPS tracking device from his ankle, which he is required to wear as part of his probation.

Officers took Ricci into custody without incident. According to police he sustained a minor laceration to his ankle while cutting off the tracking device. No other injuries were reported.

New York man arrested, charged for selling heroin in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to police, another New York man has been charged by drug agents with selling heroin in Maine – this time in Portland.

Police report that this is the fourth time this week that a New York man has been charged with selling heroin. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says 22-year-old Jomo K. Cunningham of Brooklyn was arrested Thursday evening.

For the past two months, agents had been conducting an investigation into the distribution of heroin in Greater Portland by Cunningham and others from New York City. During the investigation agents made a number of undercover purchases of heroin from Cunningham who routinely stayed at local hotels distributing heroin that he and others brought to Maine.

No charges expected in reported Old Port assault


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland police detectives were looking to identify two men in regard to an assault investigation in the Old Port. However police say one of the men in the photo has called the station saying he and the other man in the photo agreed to a fight. Police say most likely no charges will be filed.

 

 


Velocity Soccer Club turns a loss into smiles at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Velocity Girls U16 Soccer Club donated their hard earned savings of $3,788 – first intended for an out-of-state tournament – to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, where the team of girls aged 15-16 years old has volunteered on Sundays for the past few years.

According to a press release, this past year, the U15 girls’ team was crowned champions in the State Cup premier soccer tournament qualifying them to participate in the Region I tournament to be held in West Virginia during the July 4th weekend – a costly trip for which they raised money in a variety of ways including selling homemade Christmas ornaments, hosting bottle drives and car washes.

Santa heads to Portland with bag full of cash, not toys


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland's "Secret Santa" has announced that he's back for another year and plans to hand out more than $20,000 to unsuspecting residents of the southern Maine city.
    
A spokesman identified in an email to the Portland Press Herald as "Santa's media elf Tom" says Secret Santa will be distributing $100 bills at random this Christmas season.
    
Officials say if Santa follows through on his promise, the campaign will have given away $140,000 since it began seven years ago at a Goodwill store.
    
Secret Santa tries to target specific areas where people in need might be present, such as food banks or secondhand stores.
    
Elf Tom says Secret Santa hopes his display of generosity inspires others to "pay it forward" as well. 

Salvation Army kettle blitz day


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We are only two weeks away from Christmas and the Salvation Army is doing all they can to draw attention to their annual Christmas Kettles campaign.

To do that they have officially named Thursday Kettle Blitz day.  It's a divisional one day competition among the other Salvation Army Core throughout Northern New England. 

Each local unit chooses one of their Kettle stands to be blitzed and they have 12 hours to generate the most income possible. The location that receives the most money will win a monetary award to help them with their local operations. 

Man arrested in connection to suspicious package makes first court appearance


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- 64-year-old George Dimauro made is first appearance in court today after being arrested in conjunction with the suspicious package left at 100 Middle Street on Monday. Dimauro is being charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony.

After being read the charges in court Wednesday afternoon, Dimauro refused to respond, point to his throat and making hand gestures. It was only after the judge appointed him a lawyer that Dimauro spoke, saying, "Jesus Christ is my lawyer." The judge ordered Dimauro undergo a competency evaluation.

Dimauro's arrest is in connection with a suspicious package discovered Monday morning at 100 Middle Street in downtown Portland. The building was evacuated and the streets were closed while officers investigated. Dimauro is currently being held at the Cumberland County Jail.