Leanna Norris Murder Trial Begins

BANGOR -  Defense attorneys for Leanna Norris are claiming she is not criminally responsible for the death of her then 2 year old daughter Loh Melody Grenda.  A killing that happened on June 23, 2013.

Woman on trial for toddler murder

A woman went on trial in Bangor Monday for the murder of her 2 year old daughter. 25 Year old Leanna Norris is accused of giving her daughter Benadryl to make her go to sleep. Authorities say she then placed duct tape over her nose and mouth and covered her face with a blanket to smother the child. Norris also tried to commit suicide and contacted family members about the alleged crime when she awoke.

Norris has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. In court on Monday, the defense said she suffers from depression and a social anxiety disorder. The prosecution says Norris knew exactly what she was doing and killed the child after a recent breakup with her boyfriend who was also the child's father. Norris waved her right to a jury trial. The trial is expected to last for much of the week and it will be up to a judge to decide a verdict.

Lepage wins in latest poll

 

With about a week to go until election day the candidates have shifted their campaigns into high gear.

That includes the governor's race where a new poll indicates Governor Lepage would win if the election was today.

The Portland Press Herald/Sunday Telegram poll show Lepage would win with 45 percent of the vote with Congressman Michael Michaud coming in second with 35 percent.

A much bigger gap than in recent polls.

Independent Eliot Cutler comes in third with 16 percent.

The poll also shows that if it was a two man race between Lepage and Michaud, Lepage would win easily.

If it was just between Cutler and Lepage it would be down to the wire.

Both Michaud's and Cutler's campaigns have called on the other side to bow out of the race in order to defeat the Governor whose job approval rating has risen to 48 percent. .

Quarantined Nurse On Her Way To Maine

The first person isolated under New Jersey's new mandatory quarantine rule, is being released right now and is planning to immediately head to Fort Kent.

Kaci Hickox recently returned from Sierra Leone and was planning on heading directly to Fort Kent to be reunited with her boyfriend who is a nursing student at the University of Maine.

It has just been reported that she is being released from quarantine and will be headed to Maine this afternoon.

 

 

12th Annual Pumpkins in the Park

BANGOR - While Pumpkins in the Park helps trick or treaters fill their buckets full of treats, the event is also about helping out others.

ESTIA Conference at UMaine

ORONO - Dozens of scholars, professors, and activists gathered at the Wells Conference Center Saturday for the 11th annual ESTIA conference.

Downtown Trick or Treat

BANGOR - Children of all ages were trick or treating this afternoon in celebration of Halloween. We headed downtown to see what costumes are popular this year, and the top candy choices.

Holiday Package Security

BANGOR - As the holiday shopping season grows near, many are buying their presents, online. And there are things to consider before those purchases arrive at your doorstep.

Hit and run

Holden police are searching for a vehicle involved in a hit and run accident this week.

They say it was just after five yesterday morning when a bicyclist was struck by a passing car on Route 1A.

It happened near Dysarts before the Brewer town line.

Police say 35 year old James Furrough was struck by the cars mirror and was thrown to the ground.

He suffered broken ribs and other injuries.

The vehicle that sped away also had it's side mirror torn off which police believe came from a dark colored Subaru.

Holden police hope to hear from anyone who can help them identify the driver.

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