Pillsbury pleads not guilty to girlfriend's murder

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An Augusta man has pleaded not guilty to killing his live-in girlfriend.

Justin Pillsbury, 39, remained held without bail after entering his plea to murder charges at an arraignment Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Pillsbury fatally stabbed Jillian Jones in their apartment in November in a fit of jealousy because she had talked to another man on the phone. Authorities say Pillsbury then tried to kill himself.

The couple's roommate discovered both bodies.

Pillsbury's lawyer tells the Kennebec Journal that while he could not comment on the substance of the case he is waiting for some discovery material from the state and Pillsbury's family is standing by him.

The attorney says would oppose the state's attempt to get records of Pillsbury's medical treatment.

Parties agree heroin problem needs state attention

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor LePage's State of the State address got a cold reception from Democrats on Tuesday. They criticized just about everything the Governor said, except for one proposal: a plan to add more police and judges to deal with Maine's growing heroin problem.

Court decision may alter beach accessiblity

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's highest court has ruled that the public does not have the right to access some parts of a Kennebunkport beach, a decision the town's lawyer says could affect public access disputes across the state.

The Supreme Judicial Court's ruling Tuesday says property owners along Goose Rocks Beach have a say over who gets to use the beach to the low-water mark.

The decision overturned a lower court ruling.

A town attorney tells the Portland Press Herald the decision means "it is impossible to establish a public prescriptive easement" on any Maine beach.

A lawyer for the 29 plaintiffs says beach access won't be cut off entirely. He says the beach in front of his clients' homes will probably remain open to the public provided it's used in a reasonable way.







Computer Scam disguised as being helpful

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- These days scams take many forms. With more people than ever connected to the world wide web scams have exploded, roping in unknowing victims.

Sue Civiello will be the first to tell you, she's no computer expert. In fact she really only uses her computer to play games. Right in the middle of one recently an error message flashed across her screen. Then a pop up box asking if she needed help. She clicked on it. The came a phone call from someone willing to fix the problem and clear out any viruses.

The man on the other end of the phone was now controlling her mouse and moving his way through her personal computer. After checking with her internet service provider she learned the caller was based in India.

If you fall victim to a scam call the Consumer Protection Division at the Maine Attorney General's Office.


Maine governor applauds economic improvements

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says his reforms have brought thousands of jobs to the state and made Maine more competitive, but that more needs to be done.

In his annual State of the State address, LePage touted the state's lowest unemployment rate in five years and said jobs are being created all over the state in his speech before the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday.

The Republican governor is proposing a plan he says will attract companies and create more jobs. He says "Open for Business Zones" will offer discounted electricity rates and employment tax benefits for companies. He also says employees there won't be forced to join unions, pay labor dues or fees.

LePage also discussed his continued opposition to Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law and the need to lower electricity costs for Mainers. 


Maine Law Enforcement and Lawmakers on cutting edge of debate over cell phone surveillance

AUGUSTA -- (NEWS CENTER) As the Obama Administration tries to quell public outrage over surveillance by the National Security Agency, you might be surprised to know the extent to which police routinely access cell phone data.

NEWS CENTER's Kathleen Shannon was part of a nationwide investigation effort by Gannett, this station's parent company, in which television stations and newspapers in 33 states looked into how law enforcement is using such surveillance techniques. 

Nationwide, one in four law enforcement agencies use a tactic known as "tower dumps" where hundreds or thousands of cell phone numbers are retrieved at once. One in 25 use devices that can track your cell phone activity in real time. Many agencies flat out refused Freedom of Information requests.

2014 BikeMaine route revealed

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.

The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state's economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.

The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th.  From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine.  Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.