New Portland Maine Pleads Not Guilty to Murder 

(AP) A 31-year-old New Portland man pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge he murdered his neighbor and former employer outside her business in 2007. Jeffrey LaGasse entered the plea Friday in Somerset County Superior Court in Showhegan. He was indicted by a grand jury last week. The victim, 50-year-old Louise Brochu, was found dead outside her flooring business in June 2007. LaGasse had been questioned previously about Brochu’s death. LaGasse has been in custody for almost two years on an unrelated charge. He was brought to court from the Maine State Prison in Warren and returned there after his court appearance.