Jury selection begins in Maine Amber Alert case

ALFRED, Maine (AP) -- Jury selection is getting under way in the trial of a 39-year-old Maine man who triggered the state's first Amber Alert for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend, taking their 2-year-old daughter and setting off a 30-hour manhunt that spanned three states.

Jury selection begins Monday in York County Superior Court in Alfred in the trial of Gary Traynham, who has pleaded not guilty to gross sexual assault, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal restraint.

Prosecutors say Traynham broke into the Sanford home of his ex-girlfriend in November 2009, sexually assaulted her and took off with their daughter, which sparked the state's first Amber Alert. Traynham and the girl were found the following day in New Hampshire by a hunter.

Four injured in Waterboro rollover

WATERBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The York County Sheriff's department says alcohol, cell phones and driver inexperience played a roll in a rollover crash on Middle Road.

Four young people were injured Tuesday night, one seriously. Police say a fourth person was in the car, but fled the scene before emergency crews arrived.

Police say none of the people in the car were wearing seat belts.

Bill would extend Maine school year

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Lawmakers are going to consider a bill to lengthen Maine's mandatory minimum school year by five days.

A bill before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on Wednesday would extend the school year from 180 days to 185 days a year. The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Peter Edgecomb of Caribou, who's also a member of the education committee.

A separate bill also to be reviewed by the education committee would mandate that the school year not begin before September 1.

The rule would apply beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year and would apply to elementary schools, secondary schools, the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System.







2011 Maine McDonald's All-Star Basketball Games

The Maine McDonald's All-Star Basketball games will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Newman Gymnasium at Husson University in Bangor.

You can catch East vs. West high school basketball action all day long from all four classes.  There will also be slam-dunk and foul shooting contests.  Tickets are just $5 for students and $7 for adults for all four games.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

For more information, click the link for the Maine McDonald's All-Star Basketball games.

Cat rescued from South Berwick storm drain

Cat rescued from South Berwick storm drain

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Crews in South Berwick rescued a cat trapped in a storm drain grate Thursday morning.

Police say Boots the cat was caught in the grate on Highland Avenue when a passerby noticed her. The highway department was called and workers had to chip away ice over part of the grate before they could lift it -- and the cat -- out of the drain.

Officials say Boots was taken to a vet where she was sedated and separated from the grate. She was ready for some food shortly after the sedation wore off.

Boots is expected to make a complete recovery.

Fire in Alfred causes $200,000 damage at auto shop

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER ) -- The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire at an auto salvage and repair shop in Alfred.  



Workers with J&J Auto discovered smoke when they opened the doors to an unattached garage in the backyard Tuesday morning.

The fire started sometime overnight and had already put itself out by the time fire fighters were called to the scene at 9am.

Most of the damage was smoke and heat created, but the building housed expensive hot rods in the process of renovation, plus heavy machinery key to the business's operation, like a front-end loader and a ramp truck.

Overall, the damage is estimated to be worth more than $200,000. 

J&J owners say they are still open for business, they just can't pick up salvage cars.

PeoplesChoice Credit Union Supports Charitable Partner Maine Centers for Women

PeoplesChoice Credit Union Supports Charitable Partner Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community at Maine Red Claws Game

The Portland Expo was the backdrop for PeoplesChoice Credit Union Night at the Maine Red Claws D-League basketball game on Friday, January 28th. In keeping with PeoplesChoice ongoing goal of community involvement, over $500 was raised through a 50/50 raffle for participating charitable partner, Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community (MCWWC).

“It’s always been an important mission for us to give back to the communities where our members work and live,” says PeoplesChoice Vice President Eric Green.  “Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community is a fantastic, well-deserving organization.” He adds.

Jointly, Eric Green and MCWWC Director Carolyn May delivered the game ball to center court.