Lawmakers Debate Strategy Overseas

STATEWIDE - As the White House continues to finalize its plans to beat back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Senator Angus King is weighing in on the issue.

Maine's Extended Archery Season Underway

STATEWIDE - Maine's expanded archery season kicked off Saturday allowing deer hunters to shoot in certain areas of the state with solely the bow and arrow.

Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday

BANGOR - This weekend, hundreds of people will be walking to find a cure for a debilitating disease affecting too many lives.

Campaign controversy

The release of an audio tape by Maine's republican party is stirring some controversy on the campaign trail.

It's a recording of State Senator, Geoffrey Gratwick, a democrat who stopped by a constituents home while drumming up support for his own re-election.

The recording captured Gratwick saying if it was a race between Michael Michaud and Eliot Cutler he would vote for Cutler.

He apparently questioned Michaud's intelligence, stating he isn't a "brain guy"..

The Maine GOP says the recording was legally obtained even though Gratwick didn't know he was being recorded and has refused to release the entire recording.

Gratwick has since released his own statement saying his comments were taken out of context and that he fully support Michaud in the governor race.

Michaud released his own statement saying the republican party is resorting to desperate and dirty political tactics to distract from Governor Lepage's leadership record.

Eliot Cutler's camp says it doesn't condone secretly recording campaign visits and that  it's a reminder of why the parties are more interested in scoring political points than doing what's best for maine.

The GOP's recording can be found on Youtube.

 

Sex offender back in jail

A registered sex offender from Newport  is back behind bars.

46 year old Marc Alberi is accused of taking photos of a young boy in a public bathroom.

State Police say Alberi used a cell phone to take pictures of an 11 year old boy while he stood at the urinal inside the Palymyra, Walmart.

The boy reported the incident Sunday and Alberi was arrested yesterday.

His phone and laptop were also seized and examined by the computer crimes unit.

As a result of the investigation, Alberi was charged with possessing sexually explicit material of a child under 12.

He already has a total of 8 sex related offenses including his conviction in 1998 of unlawful sexual contact.

Founder of Hope Elephants Dies, Found in Corral

Update: The Maine State Medical Examiner's Office said Dr. Jim Laurita's cause of death was asphyxiation with multiple fractures due to compression of the chest. It was a crushing injury by one of the elephants, exactly how is still being investigated, but the cause of death appears accidental.

HOPE - Officials in Knox County are investigating the death of Dr. James Laurita, the founder of Hope Elephants in Hope, Maine.

Officials say Laurita was routinely tending to the elephants when it appears he fell in to the corral and struck his head on the cement floor. It's unknown at this point why he fell.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine cause of Laurita's death.

We have a crew on scene and will have more tonight on ABC 7 & FOX 22.

Hope Elephants is a rehabilitation and educational facility for injured and retired elephants.

Man Behind Bars for Allegedly Putting Two Year Old in Dryer

BANGOR - A New Hampshire man living in Bangor last month is behind bars for allegedly putting his girlfriend's two year-old son in a clothes dryer. Monday we spoke with the boy's father and grandfather about the assault charge.

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