Mother sentenced to 37 years for 2.5 y/o daughter's death

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A mother who admitted to smothering her daughter in an attempted murder-suicide will spend 37 years in prison.

Leanna Norris was convicted of killing her daughter, Loh Melody Grenda, in December 2014. At her sentencing hearing on Thursday, a Bangor psychologist, Norris, Norris's mother, Loh's grandmother and Loh's father, Michael Grenda, all addressed the court.

"This woman needs to be sent to prison for the maximum amount of time," said Loh's grandmother, Patty Grenda.

Loh's father said he didn't know how anyone could be so heartless or so cruel.

"I also think 45 years is a joke. I think the defendant should be locked away for the rest of her life," he said.

The state had asked for 45 years for Norris's sentencing.

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Councilor suggests parking meter alternatives

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor's Downtown Parking Advisory Committee is weighing the possibility of putting in meters.

For many downtown customers, their biggest problem is finding an actual place to park. Sometimes drivers will take several loops around downtown searching for a spot available on the street.

The Downtown Parking Advisory Committee hope this would discourage car shuffling, which is when drivers leave their vehicle parked for the allotted time and then find another parking spot.

The committee's proposal included nine kiosks scattered around downtown Bangor. Other city leaders and business owners have different suggestions they'd like to add to the parking committees decision.

City Councilor Ben Sprague has five suggestions:

- Mixing up time routes for parking enforcement personnel

William Morse, accused of killing man and stealing ID begins trial in Ellsworth.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A trial about allegations of murder and stolen identity began in Ellsworth Wednesday.

Attorneys delivered opening statements in the trial of William Morse, who the state said shot 61-year-old Richard Belletieri and dragged his body into the woods using a rope in 2012.

Richard Belletieri's younger brother Edward was the first witness called.

He testified his brother was estranged from his family and had been for some time.

The two hadn't spoken since 2009 so it was not unusual for him to not hear from the victim.

Edward Belletier also said his brother Richard or "Rick" came to Maine decades ago, originally moving to Bangor to study boat-building.

Bangor City Council divided on LePage drug plan

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A committee of Bangor City Councilors spent almost an hour Monday night talking about whether or not to support Gov. Paul LePage's plan to tackle the state's drug problem.

The councilors do not agree on what to do about the governor's plan and the dividing question is whether or not his proposal balances treatment with enforcement. LePage wants to hire new state attorneys, judges and investigative agents to tackle the issue.

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Bangor PD remind people to dress appropriately for "photo sessions"

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Most people don't have time to get dressed or put on makeup before their mugshot. But Bangor Police are reminding people that if you "think it's a 'possibility'" you are going to be arrested, dress accordingly.

Bangor Police provided the example of one young man who likely didn't anticipate being arrested. When an officer arrested him for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Monday night around 9 p.m., he was wearing an interesting choice in clothing.

"I do not believe," writes the Bangor Facebook page,"that we would have picked this tee shirt of the closet or drawer" had he known he was going to be arrested.

The bright orange t-shirt read, "Avoid hangovers, Stay drunk."

Two used Bangor fire engines on sale

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor Fire Department is selling two of their Pierce Pumper engines, 1989 and 1993, because the engines can't handle the extreme operating conditions.

Firefighters said they need fire engines that stand-up to the standards, and are ready to go whenever a call comes in.

Both trucks carry 750 gallons of water, and they've been with the department for years. Just last year the Bangor Fire Department averaged about 9,200 emergency runs. Assistant Fire Chief, Darrell Cyr said these trucks are ideal for smaller communities that don't have an abundance of calls, as they are still in decent condition.

Die-hard Van Halen fans wake up early for tickets

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of the largest and most epic shows is coming to the Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor this summer.

Tickets for Val Halen went on sale Saturday and many fans woke up early to get in line. People say they started lining up at Mark's Music in Brewer around 4 a.m.

While waiting fans reminisced about the band's first sold out concert more than 40-years ago.

Many of the people say physically having the tickets means more to them especially with this concert.

The Van Halen concert is July 30th at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. Ticket prices range from just under $40-dollars to around $150-dollars. To purchase tickets online visit TicketMaster.