Category Archives: Cops & Courts

Is Portland a safe place to live?

Portland police officers stand at the ready on Alder Street late last month at the scene of a standoff. (BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland Police Department has introduced an online survey to gauge public sentiment on crime, police responsiveness and safety in Maine’s largest city. If you want to weigh in, you can click through the survey here — it’s 40 questions long, but they’re mostly not essay questions, so it shouldn’t take more than a few […]

Fill out the jury questionnaire in the Zumba prostitution trial, view the witness lists

Witness lists for both the York County District Attorney’s office and defendant Mark Strong have now been posted on the state’s website for high-profile cases (an earlier version of the prosecution’s list, with 30 people on it, was posted earlier this month — since then, the list has approximately doubled in size). Before any testimony […]

Portland officials renew calls for gun control one month after Newtown shootings

Michael Brennan (BDN file photo by John Clarke Russ)

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan was joined by Police Chief Michael Sauschuck and school Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk this morning at a news conference to renew calls for federal gun control. The news conference also coincided with the release of a video by the national Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition featuring family members of gun violence victims […]