MDEA: South Portland man arrested on drug trafficking charges


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to MDEA agents, a South Portland man has been arrested on drug trafficking charges. 

For the past month, agents from the MDEA Cumberland District Task Force, along with officers of the Portland and South Portland Police Departments conducted an investigation into the illegal distribution of drugs in the greater Portland area by 30-year-old Brandon York.

According to officials, agents from the Cumberland District Task Force arrested York on August 21 at his home in South Portland on an arrest warrant. 

During a search of York's home, agents found cocaine, MDA, packaging material and $5,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds. 

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Police fliers ask drug dealers to report competition


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some local police departments are sharing a flier on social media that asks drug dealers to turn in their competitors.

South Portland and Winslow Police Departments each posted the flier. Their pitch is that if if you want to get rid of the competition, the police are willing to help. Both South Portland and Winslow Police admit it was a funny post they put up and never expected to get the response they did.

"It was a tongue and cheek sort of response that we were making and we did expect some reaction, some appreciation for using humor to discuss what is really a serious topic for our community drug abuse and drug trafficking," said Lt. Frank Clark with South Portland.

Both posts received hundreds of comments, shares and likes, which is a surprise for both departments.

Men charged in South Portland shooting, stabbing case appear in court


 

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) Three men indicted on charges of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery stemming from a shooting and stabbing over a small drug transaction in South Portland were back in court Tuesday morning. Two of the men were there to enter pleas of not guilty, and the third to argue bail.

 Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, Noah Sibole-Little, 19, of Portland and Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland were all arrested after an altercation back on March 11 at the city's recreation complex off Highland Avenue. 

Police said at the time that Sayed and Swain shot and stabbed two people during what police called a drug deal involving "a relatively small quantity of marijuana."

4th person indicted for SoPo shooting, stabbing


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A fourth person has been indicted for a shooting and stabbing that happened in March at the Wainwright Recreation Complex. 

John Albert Janums, 19, has been charged with robbery, two counts of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault. 

A Cumberland County grand jury indicted three other men in June on charges of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery stemming from a shooting and stabbing over a small drug transaction.

 

 

Police arrested Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, Noah Sibole-Little, 19, of Portland and Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland after the altercation March 11 at the city's recreation complex off Highland Avenue.

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South Portland considers city-wide pesticide ban


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland city councilors are looking into banning pesticides throughout the city.

Councilor Tom Blake said pesticides are wreaking havoc on the environment, and they want to protect the health of their citizens.

Phil Roberts has been in the gardening business his entire life; his family owns Broadway Gardens. He's been studying the effects of pesticides for 30 years, and said he's worried the city is acting without enough information.

While he agrees there should be limits on the use of harmful products, organic options don't always solve the problem; need to be sprayed more often; and in some cases, can actually be more harmful.

Beach to Beacon August 1st road closures and parking info


CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Here is the list of winners of the 2015 Beach to Beacon 10k road race.

Wheelchair Division, Men:J ames Senbeta, Champaign, IL

Wheelchair Division, Women: Christina Kouros, Cape Elizabeth

Winner, Elite Men: Stephen Koskei Kibet

Winner, Elite Women: Wude Ayalew, Ethiopia

First American Man to cross finish line: Eric Jenkins

First Maine man to cross finish line: Ben Decker, Yarmouth

First Maine woman to cross finish line: Erica Jesseman

Tri for a Cure raises more than $1.5 million


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 1,300 women participated in the Tri for a Cure race Sunday. The triathlon, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Maine Cancer Foundation.

This year's event raised more than $1.5 million for the organization.

Dana Lesniak was one of the top fundraisers this year, bringing in more than $17,000. She finished her first race six years ago, the same year her mother lost her battle with lung cancer. Sunday, Lesniak's family was at the race to show their support.

"They flew in from all over the country to be here today to watching me, and I really, really love them, and I'm so happy they're here today," she said.