Three arrested in South Portland hotel robbery

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officers responded to a South Portland Hotel for a robbery Tuesday morning.

A 30-year-old male reported that he made arrangements on to meeet a transgender female at the hotel for a massage. The male was met by two females and one male, who physically assaulted him, took his money and other belongings, and temporarily prevented him from leaving the room. The victim was able to leave the room and notify hotel staff, who called police.

After an investigation, South Portland Police arrested 28-year-old Lauryn Ebanks, of MA, 28-year-old Brandon Jamieson, of CA, and 24-year-old Tiffany Ruiz for robbery and criminal restraint.

A small quantity of marijuana was confiscated at the time of the arrests.

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Scarborough lab to aid in development of flu test

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (Press Herald) -- A medical research laboratory in Scarborough will be involved in a multimillion-dollar contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop the next generation of pandemic influenza tests.

The health department awarded a 3½-year, $12.9 million contract to Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alere Inc. to develop a diagnostic device that is more accurate, less expensive and delivers test results more quickly than existing products.

A portion of the research and development will be conducted by Alere's subsidiary in Scarborough, said company spokeswoman Marni Goldstein.

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Two rescued after boat flips over off Scarborough Beach


– The United States Coast Guard says two men were rescued just off Scarborough Beach early Saturday morning, after their 20 foot boat capsized.

The Scarborough Fire Department confirms they received a call at approximately 7:11 Saturday morning with a report of two people standing on the hull of an overturned boat a few hundred yards off Scarborough Beach.

The Coast Guard said they immediately dispatched a boat at the same time Scarborough sent a boat to the scene. Coast Guard officials said they also broadcast a distress call for the boat asking for help. 3

According to the Scarborough Fire Department, a local lobster boat was first to arrive on scene and was able to bring the two safely aboard the vessel.

Coast Guard officials say no one was injured in the accident.

SMCC lab looks toward the future of manufacturing

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- Maine celebrated Manufacturing Day on Friday and Southern Maine Community College said it has a technology lab that represents the future of the industry in Maine.

Voters approved a $1 million bond to pay for the nearly two dozen state of the art machines that will give students the skills to find jobs from automotive to aerospace to defense.

John Bolduc of SMCC said that while traditional manufacturing jobs may be shrinking, he sees a big need for students trained to work on precision machines.

"I have employers calling me during the summer letting me know they want to hire 8 people before the start of school," he said.

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