Gorham has rash of break-ins

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Gorham Police are warning people that there have been several break-ins in the Little Falls neighborhood this month.

So far, the department is aware of 5 homeowners who have been hit.  The thief or thieves took jewelry, electronics and money.

At the same time, police have gotten at least 3 calls from neighbors in that area reporting that a young woman with dark hair and about 5'5" tall knocked on their doors, asking for directions or to use the bathroom.  Police suspect that this woman is involved with the burglaries.  If you have information, you should call the Gorham Police at 839-5046.

DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.

Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.

Contest celebrates 25 years of Habitat for Humanity

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is ringing in its 25th anniversary with a contest.

The organization is dedicated to building affordable housing for people who may otherwise have a hard time achieving home ownership.

Since the founding of the local chapter, Habitat has built 52 homes in the Portland area.  A 53rd house is near completion and six more are slated for construction in Freeport and Westbrook.

News Center's Lee Nelson recently spoke with Habitat's Stefanie Millette about plans to celebrate those accomplishments.

Millette said Habitat is holding a 25th Anniversary Creativity Contest.  Children between the ages of 5 and 18 are asked to express what home means to them through either writing or art. 

All participants will receive a certificate of achievement.  The winners will get the chance to publicly display their submissions at Habitat events.

Police execute 'high risk' drug search in Standish

STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and drug agents raided a home at 450 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish Monday morning.

Drug agents and the Sheriff's Department tactical team went in at 7:00am while people inside were still sleeping.

Sheriff Mark Dion says  Jesse Porter, his father, Dale Porter and another man, Dale Swasey were all taken into custody. Investigators seized marijuana, crack cocaine, ecstasy pills and $4,700 in cash. 

Agents also seized a number of firearms, including loaded handguns and what the sheriff and Chief Deputy Kevin Joyce call sniper rifles. Joyce says those weapons were a threat to police.

Officers are still searching for one suspect: Emile Joseph Quimby of Steep Falls. He's wanted for drug trafficking.

Westbrook man arrested on drug charges

WESTBROOK (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook police have arrested 45 year old Robert Kelley on multiple drug charges.

On Saturday during a check routine check on Kelley police discovered marijuana growing as well as other drugs. Kelley had been arrested in September for OUI and was to subject to alcohol and drug checks as part of his release.

Police found almost 5 pounds of marijuana as well as prescription drugs Suboxone and Clonazepam.

Kelly has been charged with cultivating marijuana, trafficking drugs, possession of drugs and violation of conditional release. He is currently being held in the Cumberland County Jail.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Photographer not only a superfan, but also the team mom

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Jane Grabler's twin boys played for South Portland in the late 1990's, so she grabbed her camera to document their games, but once they graduated, she could not resist the allure of the sidelines.

So for the past dozen years, she has been at every game, home and away, camera in hand capturing the agony of defeat and glory of victory one photograph at a time.

"If you can get a good shot of them and it just gives them, 'Oh, look at me, that is an awesome picture,' that is what makes me happy," Grabler explained about her obsession.  "Just seeing their smiles on their faces and them enjoying their pictures, that's all that counts."