Portland Police investigate string of burglaries

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Portland Police are investigating a string of burglaries that happened across the city within the last month.

On Tuesday, police released a list of burglarized gas stations and convenience stores:

  •          Hilltop Superette, 135 Congress St.on December 16th
  •          Peace Food Market, 21 Chestnut St. on December 24th
  •          Cigarette Shopper, 263 St. John St. on December 30th
  •          Jake's Quik Stop, 205 Brighton Ave. on January 10th
  •          The Riverton Gas Station, 1585 Forest Ave. on January 10th and 11th
  •          Clipper Mart, 55 Riverside St on January 11th

Police said all the burglaries have occurred during the overnight hours and the burglars either pried the doors open or broke glass.

Portland Police, Fire investigate string of suspicious fires


Portland Police and Fire Departments are investigating a string of suspicious fires in the East Deering neighborhood, which all occurred early Tuesday morning.

Police said the six fires all happened within a little more than an hour and a half of each other, and all of them involve trash being burned.

They occurred at six different locations. The first fire was reported at 1:50 a.m. when trash was set on fire at 970 Baxter Blvd.

The second fire was at 2:15 a.m. in Payson Park and involved a pile of discarded Christmas trees being collected for eventual disposal.

Portland school closes for day due to no heat

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An elementary school in Portland, Maine, has been closed for the day because there is no heat in the building.
Parents were contacted about the closure at Hall Elementary School by automated call and an email early Tuesday.
School officials believe the problem will be fixed Tuesday.
Temperatures, combined with wind chill factors, plunged into the single digits Tuesday morning.

Saco Police will begin criminal investigation into missing man Monday

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Saco Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a man missing since New Year's day.

Police are searching for James E. Dyer, 23, who they said was last seen around 3 a.m. leaving Pearl Night Club in Portland's Old Port.

Dyer is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. Police said he was last seen wearing a red flannel shirt, tan khaki pants, and L.L. Bean boots.

Anyone with information about his disappearance, can call the Saco Police Department at (207) 284-4535.

'Body Worlds' exhibit draws thousands to Portland



The final weekend of the "Body Worlds" exhibit at the Portland Science Center drew hundreds of people Saturday to see what a human looks like underneath its skin.

Heather Estabrook brought her five-year-old son, Eli, to see the displays. Eli said his favorite part was seeing the hearts and the brains.

"It was fun. It was a great time. I think he's very curious, so I think it's very good for his age to see all the body parts," said Heather. "I think it's good to have stuff in Portland that brings attention to all the new stuff and the last time we saw this was in New York, so it was great to see it in Portland.

About 200 people brave the cold for annual Polar Bear Dip

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- About 200 people braved the chilly weather on New Year's Eve and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at the East End Beach.

Organizers with the Natural Resources Council of Maine said the 8th annual Polar Bear Dip and Dash raised about $25,000. The money will be used to combat climate change.

It doesn't matter how many times you've done the dip, participants say it never gets easier. Beth Comeau, who works for the NRCM, screamed the entire time.

"I'm okay," she said after the dip. "It wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, but it was cold."

Other people who participated in the event said they appreciated that the water was warmer this year than previous years. However, they said the unseasonably warm weather in December has been concerning.

Man administered Narcan, had 5-year-old in car at time

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police say charges are likely after a man with a child in his car needed Narcan after overdosing.

The Portland Police Department received calls Sunday night for a man found unresponsive in the driver's seat of a vehicle. A 5-year-old child was in a car at the time of the situation.

The child was unharmed and was released to family members.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and that charges are likely.