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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.

GM Pollack jewelry closing final store


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of Maine's longtime family businesses is going away.

G.M. Pollack & Sons Jewelers is shutting down after 60 years in business. The South Portland store posted going out of business signs this week, but the store manager told NEWS CENTER their stores in Rockland, Ellsworth and Sanford shutdown on Wednesday, and the Waterville store closed last Saturday.

The manager said the closings are simply a matter of economics. The Pollack family sold the business to some of the employees in 2008, and the chain had consolidated over the past few months.

The manager of the South Portland store said all of the customer jewelry repair and service items from the other stores are being brought to the South Portland store.

SUV crashes into SoPo store


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An SUV crashed through the front of a clothing store on Maine Mall Road Wednesday in South Portland.

The crash happened before 7:00 p.m. into Catherine's. Crews clearing up the debris and glass and the vehicle was towed.

The store remains open and crews boarded up the front of the store, but a back entrance remains open.

There's word yet on why it crashed into the store.


Man charged with firing gun in Scarborough road rage incident


SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A South Portland man was charged with firing his gun at a vehicle during a road rage incident Saturday night.

Police arrested 33-year-old Sean Johnson of South Portland and charged him with driving to endanger, reckless conduct with a firearm, a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and violation of probation.

Scarborough police say the victim and passenger drove to the police station with a bullet lodged in their car door after the gunshot narrowly missed them. Police say the victims identified Johnson as the man that shot at them.

Police said they responded to a call Saturday night about a road rage incident where a man in a red Jeep Cherokee pointed a gun out the window and fired a shot. Police say the victim followed the vehicle and gave directions to the police.

Driver crashes into South Portland Dunkin Donuts


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- No one was hurt when a driver crashed into the side of Dunkin Donuts on Sunday afternoon.

The accident shut-down the Dunkin Donuts on Route-1. South Portland Police say all of the damage to the building is cosmetic and the shop can reopen once the damaged area is boarded up.


Made in Maine: From Fishing to Fashion


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The materials used for sailing for fishing in Maine has turned into a fashion statement.

Brands like JCrew and Anthropologie have started to tell two made-in-Maine products: the Sea Bag, and the Bait Bag.

Sea Bags have been around since 1999, but their success has exploded in recent years.

The tote bags, made out of recycled sails, hand sewn in Portland, Maine, have been sold in every state in the U.S. and is now entering global markets.

Alaina Marie, a designer in South Portland, makes the bags out of marine-grade material. The bags are inspired by the bait bags that lobstermen hang in their traps.

Body washes ashore in South Portland


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A body washed up on the shore of the Fore River in South Portland Tuesday.

Police said a passerby found the body of an adult male at the end of Buttonwood Street around 3 p.m.

The man has not been identified.

Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner's officer to determine a cause of death, though police said they are not treating this case as a homicide.