Rail deliveries to cause more delays in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There will be continued traffic delays around the City of Portland on Friday.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority and Pan Am Railways are delivering rail materials for the Amtrak Downeaster expansion.

After two days of delays and slow progress, the train is now expected to be at Woodford's Corner Friday morning at nine o'clock.  Engineers say they will wait for the morning commute to wrap up before restarting the train.

The Forest Avenue crossing at Woodford's Corner affects traffic on Forest Avenue, Saunders Street, Woodfords Street, Revere Street, Lincoln Street, Coyle Street, Ashmont Street and Prospect Street.

Officials say the offloading of rail can only be done during daylight hours.  The train will then go through the Congress Street railroad crossing before making its way out of Portland.

Debate continues on elected mayor for Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The debate over whether the city of Portland should have an elected mayor will be decided Tuesday and people on both sides of the issue are working hard to get their message out.

The Portland chamber hosted a panel discussion on question one which also asks voters to chose a new way of selecting the mayor through ranked choice voting. Former Portland city councilman Jim Cohen spoke in favor of having a full time mayor who would serve for four years. Cheryl Leeman, a Portland city council member was supposed to speak for the opposition. She couldn't participate because of her job. Portland mayor Nick Mavodones says an elected mayor would still be a ceremonious position. He says salary of the one four year term will cost tax payers more than 340-thousand dollars.

Portland Police investigating series of assaults

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Portland have made two arrests and are looking for a third man in connection with a string of assaults Monday night.

Investigators say Ben Chipman, who is running for state legislature as an independent, was the first victim. Chipman told police three men had chased him down and tried to attack him at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Pearl Streets.

Police say later they received reports of more assaults.

People were assaulted by men meeting the same description on Spring Street, Center Street and Congress Street.

Police arrested 22-year-old David Brochu of Windham and 22-year-old Christopher Conley and charged them with assault and robbery. Brochu is also charged with terrorizing.

Police are still looking for a third suspect. Anyone with information should give them a call at 874-8575.




Jade Integrated Health hires a New Practitioner

Jade Integrated Health on Munjoy Hill in Portland, has recently added a new practitioner to their operations and welcomed new health care provider to their building.

Dedication of Loring Memorial Trail

Friends of Eastern Promenade dedicate Loring Memorial Trail
Paul Loring and Margaret Loring-Scott, brother and sister to war hero Maj. Charles Loring, snipped the ribbon to mark the dedication of the Loring Memorial Trail on the Eastern Promenade Thursday, Oct. 21.
The rain cleared out just in time for the ceremony, which took place at the top of the trail near the junction of Eastern Promenade and North Street.
Diane Davison, president of Friends of the Eastern Promenade, presided over the dedication. Speakers included Eliza Townsend, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation; Nan Cumming, executive director of Portland Trails; and Jeff Tarling, arborist with the City of Portland.
The trail is named in honor of Maj. Charles J. Loring Jr., a U.S. Air Force pilot who sacrificed his life in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Coming up this week

Tuesday, October 26, 8:30pm
Sylvain's Cajun Aces
Bayside Bowl
58 Alder Street, Portland, ME

Thursday, October 28, 7pm
Boréal Tordu
live on 207
WCSH-TV Portland, WLBZ-TV Bangor

Gigafone Records

Guardian Angels start Portland chapter

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new community watch group is on the streets in Portland.

The Guardian Angels, dressed in red, have established a chapter in the city.  They met for the first time on Sunday with a group of residents in one neighborhood.

The angels started 30 years ago in the Bronx and their leaders say they have chapters in 14 countries and 140 cities.

The group tried to build support in Portland decades ago without any success. But they're back now because of what they consider escalating violence in the Old Port, and they're looking for more members.

"We are actually aggressively recruiting those who might at at the edge, hanging out with gang bangers and drug dealers but not necessarily tainted themselves," says Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels. "They're posers, wanna-bes, it's better they hang with us and become protectors."