A Biddeford man serving two life sentences for gunning down two brothers outside his home in a late-night confrontation is appealing his conviction and sentence.The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on Rory Holland’s appeal of his conviction of two counts of murder and the two life sentences he received.Holland maintained he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 19-year-old Gage Green and his 21-year-old brother, Derek, at about 1 a.m.
The singer of the hit tune “American Pie” will be the headline act kicking off next year’s Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival.Festival organizers say Don McLean will perform an hour-long concert with a full band following the opening night party.The 66-year-old McLean, who lives in the coastal Maine town of Castine, still goes on tour performing around the world.
The third man who accused Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molestation says he fully expects to go to prison himself for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.Zachary Tomaselli said on Facebook that he’s looking to “find strength to get through this” as plea negotiations continue.
Maine’s highest court has upheld the convictions and concurrent life prison sentences of an Augusta man convicted in a brutal machete attack on a father and his 10-year-old daughter in Pittston.The defense claimed that dual life sentences imposed on Daniel Fortune were unconstitutionally disproportionate to the crime.
Still need to get your Christmas shopping done?There’s a special raffle in Belmont to benefit the fire department Saturday.Two gift baskets will be raffled off.Both are themed, including one for the sportsman in your life that includes a free oil change.There will also be a bake sale at the event on Augusta Road in Belmot.It’s happening from 1pm to 6 pm Saturday.Tickets for the raffle can be bought at the fire deparment.Winners do not to be present to win.For more information call Susan Totman at 342-4346
The Legislature’s budget-reviewing committee begins four days of review of proposed changes in Medicaid that could leave tens of thousands of Mainers without coverage.Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew on Tuesday will explain the cuts and answer questions from the Appropriations Committee.Governor.
A Mars Hill man wanted by police in connection with a reported domestic assault in November has been arrested.According to police Chad Walton, 30, was stopped by State Police while traveling on I-95 in Dyer Brook Monday night.Walton was a passenger in the car.Walton reportedly fled on foot, but was apprehended by troopers after a short chase.He was transported to Houlton regional hospital for treatment from exposure and was treated and released.
Bangor city councilors voiced their concerns Monday over the budget cuts, and possible closure of Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center.Councilors voted unanimously to create a committee that would advocate for keeping the center open.Many councilors say that closing the center would lead to cost shifting, not cost saving because other departments, like the jails and homeless shelters would see an increase in services.If Dorothea Dix were to close, Riverview in Augusta would become the only psychiatric center in the state.
Some holiday spirit has arrived in Downtown Bangor.A money tree has popped up.The idea is simple…leave a dollar if you can, take a dollar if you need one.The tree was *planted* in front of Metropolitan Soul by a couple of people looking to inspire others to give back.Metropolitan Soul owners say they plan to keep the money tree up all year long.
For many years now soldiers traveling to and from overseas through Bangor are greeted by a line of people known as the Maine Troop Greeters.At the end of the line is a pair of short and furry greeters who are sure to bring a smile.Cheryl and Ron Lare’s therapy dogs Opie and Skylar have been greeting troops for the past year-and-a-half.Both are Shih Tzus.
Buying the gifts is only half the battle, as there’s still that to-do list that always follows the Christmas list.”We are wrapping all day long,” said Anna Assenmacher, a student at the University of Maine.For a few hours, Assenmacher helped transform a classroom into a makeshift workshop.”We have about 140, 150 toys.”The cutting, taping and folding was kept on a schedule in order to make a deadline less than 24 hours away.”We’re just wrapping, writing names and calling it good.”Tuesday morning, these gifts will be heading to the Downeast Elementary School in Bangor.”A lot of people can’t afford toys in this economy so we just really wanted to help out and this place really needed them,” said Assenmacher.Assenmacher is apart of a service group within the Maine Business School that managed to collect all this last week.
In August, the Cambridge General Store was badly damaged after a logging truck crashed into it.No one was hurt, but the business had to close for several months.As Joy Hollowell reports, the owners and residents of the town are happy to see the store open again.====Brenda DiMeo and her family opened the Cambridge General Store back in February.