Mistrial declared in marijuana trial

Mistrial declared in pot trial

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a woman who was accused of taking part in a family marijuana operation.

The jury in Darlene Ford's trial announced today they were deadlocked and couldn't reach a verdict.

A judge then declared a mistrial.

Ford, along with her husband and sons are accused of growing marijuana in their Monroe home and shipping it to Massachusetts for sale.

She pleaded not guilty to consiring to manufacture more than 100 pot plants and other charges.

James ford will go on trial for his role in the alleged operation next month.

The attorney generals office must now decide if they'll retry Darlene Ford.

Three accused robbers arrested

Local authorities say 3 men have been arrested following a series of robberies in the Bangor region. The Penobscot County Sheriff's department and the Maine State Police say the men were arrested Wednesday and charged with carrying out a home invasion in Orrington and for robbing the Check-out market in Glenburn. They're also accused of attempting to rob the Kozy corner store in Orrington. Authorities are not releasing any information about the men at this time, but plan to give more details during a press conference on Friday.            

It all began earlier this month when a 54 year old woman says two men held her at knifepoint while ransacking her home near Center drive. They fled after stealing some items and the victim wasn't injured. A short time later police say the same men were about to rob the Kozy corner store, but they were scared away by people who saw them pulling down their masks. The same men are believed to be responsible for the robbery at Check-out market in Glenburn later in the month. In that case, a man who was armed with a knife made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A task force comprised of investigators from the State police and the Penobscot county sheriff's department has been working on the case since the robberies occurred. The members will release more details during a press conference at one oclock on Friday.

 

Hunter Safety Course Held in Old Town

OLD TOWN - Hunting season is upon us here in Maine, and Wednesday night a course in proper safety brought many soon to be hunters together.

Fight Breaks Out After Plea Deal, Sentencing

BANGOR - A melee broke out in front of the Penobscot Judicial Center today following a tense court appearance. Family members on both sides clashed just moments after a Lamoine man pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge.

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