Top Gun Competition

ORONO - The Top Gun Regional Competition got underway on the University of Maine-Orono campus Tuesday night. 

Judge Allows Phone Recordings to be used in Trial

BANGOR - Day six in the murder trial of an Ellsworth man accused of killing his wife at their home on Christmas Day 2013, while their children were there.


The state says Hilary Saenz died as a result of Chris Saenz's beatings, but the defense says a seizure caused her to fall and hit her head. The seizure stemming from a traumatic brain injury in a 2003 car crash.

Also testifying were Maine State Police detectives, one of whom did a walk-through recorded reenactment with Saenz the days following Hilary's death.

He noted her black eyes, bruises, and the printed phone records between Chris and Hilary found around the apartment.

According to testimony, the couple had been arguing over phone disputes and infidelity in the weeks leading up to her death.

Detectives from the states computer crimes unit testified that forensic analysis on the phones showed screen shots of WebMD pages and searches for "what to do if someone gets knocked out."

Phone records from Christmas Day revealing that Saenz first called the hospital, his mother and then 911.

The state has asked the judge to allow phone calls in the weeks leading up to Christmas to be used as evidence in the case, saying they show growing turmoil within the family.

The judge has decided to allow those to be played Wednesday, for a limited purpose.

Closing statements are expected to be heard Thursday, before the judge takes the case under consideration.

Fisherman death

 

Game officials are still searching for answers following the death of a young fisherman. 

We've learned that 18 year old Darren Clement was killed on Sunday during a fishing trip to Bean Brook in Rainbow Township. 

Wardens say the Medford teen had gone fishing with his uncle and cousin and they decided to split up and reunite later in the day. 

When Clement failed to return, family members searched along the stream and called wardens when they couldn't find him. 

The search came to an end around 8:00 Sunday night when a warden and his k-9 unit found Clement's fishing bag along the stream. 

A short time later his body was found submerged in the water. 

Officials aren't speculating on what happened. 

Clement's body was sent to the Medical Examiners Officer for an autopsy. 

We're told services were being made available today for students at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland where clement attended classes. 

Telephone Scam Hits Fairfield

FAIRFIELD - On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints that an individual identifying himself as Officer Evans from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was making contact by phone with citizens from the Greater Fairfield area advising them that they had missed a call for Grand Jury and a warrant for their arrest had been issued.  If the receiver of the call agreed to pay a specific amount of money, the warrant would be recalled.  If they did not want to pay the money, a deputy would be out to arrest them. 

Summer Means Seafood!

STATEWIDE - Many people celebrating the long holiday weekend by ordering up some seafood.

UPDATED: Two Missing Near Eliotsville

ELIOTSVILLE - UPDATED: The Maine Warden Service reports that Michael Chapman and Kelli Macfarlin have been located alive. This information is late-breaking and more details will follow this afternoon.

 

The Maine Warden Service is currently searching for two missing people in Eliotsville. Missing is Michael Chapman , 40, and Kelli Macfarlin, 38, both from Newport, Maine. The two were camping by Little Wilson Falls in Eloitsville, Maine.

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