South Portland council opposes marijuana legalization


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland became the first city on the East Coast to legalize recreational use of marijuana last November, but city councilors in a neighboring community say they don't want the drug to be legalized there.

South Portland City Councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The resolution is non-binding, and is a way for city councilors to make a statement about the issue.

According to South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert, city leaders want to try and send the right message to youth about marijuana.

South Portland's Police Chief, Ed Googins, said it is a danger to public health.

"It is not a good thing for our community," said Chief Googins. "It does not make our community safer, and it will not add to the quality of life in our community."

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

What will you do on your summer vacation? Roman Waites and his family are going on a monumental cross country roadtrip and they're going to document their journey by making a movie. Have no doubt — Roman will play a starring role. Read more ...

Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins will teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins will teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

As far back as she can remember Lisa Bassett loved to roller skate. Her mother Linda Clark was always chauffeuring Lisa and her friends to the local rink. Never an invitation to join them, of course. It was just, "Drop us off and pick us up Mom!"

A person was hit and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday night in South Portland.


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A person was hit and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday night in South Portland.

The person has been identified as 39-year-old Nyla J. Howard.

The South Portland Police Department responded to the incident behind Cavalry Cemetery Saturday night around 7:00 p.m.

68 passengers were on the Amtrak train at the time of the incident. However, no one was injured.

Amtrak said the train came into contact with the person at 6:55 p.m., one mile south of the Portland station.

The train has been identified as #698, which is the Amtrak Downeaster which travels between Brunswick, Maine, and Boston's North Station. The train resumed service at 9:20 p.m., operating two hours and 25 minutes behind schedule. The train was heading to Boston's North Station when the incident happened.

Retro arcade opens in South Portland


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong. If you're of a certain age, those were your first video games. Now there's a new business opening up in Maine that hopes to cash in on gaming nostalgia and introduce a new generation to the classics.

David Demers is only 20, but when it comes to gaming, he's an old soul. He grew up playing at the Funspot Arcade in New Hampshire, and was good enough to earn world-record scores.

"We started going to little tournaments and just getting into it, and we got a Dig Dug machine at our house, and it took off from there." Demers said.

Along with his family, he went from player to collector. Over the years he accrued an impressive amount of classic games, like Pong.

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. "I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear," he says. "It wasn't on top where you'd think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. It was up near the top part of my left ear, but underneath the fold in the shaded part — the one and only part that is shaded except the ear canal. My wife spotted it.

Paving on Broadway in South Portland to require detour


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The remaining paving operations on Broadway in South Portland will require an approximately 1.7 mile detour beginning Thursday.

The paving will take place on Broadway between Route 1 at Cash Corner to Westbrook Street. (Route 9) Westbound traffic will be detoured at Cash Corner and sent south on Route 1 to Westbrook Street from 7:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m.

It is anticipated this detour will be in place for three days but is weather dependent, so the schedule is subject to change.