SMCC, UNE announce partnership

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.

Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.

The event is taking place on the Southern Maine campus in South Portland.

Both schools are growing. Southern Maine has campuses in South Portland and Brunswick, as well as satellite campuses. The University of New England is a private college with its main campus in Biddeford.

4th Photowalk & Instameet - Cape Elizabeth

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Do you enjoy taking photos? Do you love Instagram? NEWS CENTER will hold our 4th Photowalk and Instameet in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, September 20 at 6:00 a.m.



Store clerk tackles assailant

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – South Portland Police say a Circle K clerk thwarted an attempted robbery by getting the would be thief in a choke hold on the store's floor.

Police say Ronald Castrello, 45-years-old of South Portland, entered the Circle K at 690 Main Street at approximately 5:45 Saturday morning, wearing a red hoodie and black ski mask. Police allege Castrello put his hands in the sweatshirt, implying he had a weapon, and went behind the counter to confront the clerk.

Officials allege Castrello then demanded all the cash in the drawer. Police describe Castrell and the clerk as being "face to face." Police say the clerk, acting instinctively to protect himself by grabbing Casatrello's arms.

Antique cars line up at Bug Light

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Looking at the old Model T's and Corvair's along the waterfront may have felt like a blast from the past -- but the Bug Light Classic Car Show is right in line with city officials' vision for the park's future.

The South Portland Parks and Rec. Department has been trying to bring more community events to the lighthouse, and the car show is one of the fastest growing events.

In three years, the number of antique cars has grown from 50 to 220.

"There's something going on here all the time now," said car show organizer Linky Erskine. "People love it down here, and we're really trying to use the park as much as we can."

Admission was free, and hundreds of people attended this year's show on Wednesday night.

TSA detects firearm at Portland International Airport

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a gun in a carry-on Thursday.

Officials said the .32 caliber Beretta firearm was in the carry-on luggage of a 51-year-old male passenger flying from Portland to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. TSA immediately notified local law enforcement.

This is the fourth weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at Portland International Jetport this calendar year.

Officials say they found the gun in the luggage of a man who was flying from on Thursday.

NYC man pleads guilty to Maine counterfeit scheme

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A New York City man authorities said used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills in Maine has pleaded guilty to related charges.

Andrew Cupidore pleaded guilty this week in federal court to passing counterfeit U.S. currency.

Police arrested 21-year-old Cupidore April 21 after an officer patrolling the Maine Mall in South Portland received a report from a store clerk that a girl had tried to spend what appeared to be counterfeit bill. The officer found the 16-year-old girl and discovered three other girls in the mall doing the same thing. Cupidore was found hiding in a mall bathroom. Police recovered $1,000 in fake currency.

Police said Cupidore directed the girls to make purchases with the fake money and give him the change.

He'll be sentenced at a later date.


Pot legalization goes to South Portland Nov. ballot

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This November, voters in South Portland will decide whether recreational marijuana should be legal for adults 21 years or older in the city.

City councilors voted unanimously to put the question on the November 4th ballot Monday night.

The group Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 1,500 signatures to get the measure before the council, when only 959 valid signatures were needed.

The council had three options.

The first was to enact the ordinance, which would make it legal for adults 21 years or older to privately possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

This was an unlikely option, because earlier in the summer, councilors unanimously stated their opposition to marijuana legalization in South Portland in a symbolic vote.