Holland trial moves into closing arguments

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Both the prosecution and defense have rested their cases in the murder trial of Rory Holland and closing arguments are expected to get underway at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday.

Holland stands accused of murder in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother Derek. Authorites say the 56-year-old shot both men outside of his South Street home in Biddeford on the early morning of June 30, 2009. Holland claims he was acting in self-defense.

Tuesday morning Judge Roland Cole briefed the jury on Holland's decision not to testify in his own defense. His attorneys say their client made that decision after much thought and was fully aware of his rights.

Closing arguments are expected to get underway Wednesday morning. 

Teens Hold Garage/Bake Sale to Help Kids in Need

On Friday, November 5th 2010 and Saturday, November 6th 2010, the Bangor Y's Interact Leaders Club will be having a Garage/Bake Sale to benefit kids in need. Proceeds from the garage sale will go towards a scholarship fund to send at least one youth/teen to attend the Bangor Y’s Leaders School in the summer of 2011. Leaders School is a one-week summer camp that helps kids find direction and purpose as well as strengthen their self-esteem. Funds from the bake sale benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a Jimmy Fund fundraising event to help support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Items for the garage sale are donated by Interact Leaders Club, Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary members, friends, families and Y members. Goods for the bake sale are made by Interact and Rotary members. The Interact Leaders Club’s Garage/Bake Sale will be on Friday, November 5th from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 6th, from 7am to 1pm in the Everett Room at 127 Hammond St.

Defense begins calling witnesses in Holland murder trial

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Jurors in the trial of a Biddeford man accused of murdering two people last year have heard from all witnesses called by the prosecution. Now defense attorneys representing 56-year-old Rory Holland are making their case.

Holland is accused of intentionally shooting 19-year-old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother Derek outside of his home on the early morning of June 30, 2009. Holland claims it was an act taken in self-defense.

Defense attorneys called Biddeford Police Officer Tanya Cawood to the stand Monday to discuss a previous incident between Holland and Derek Greene. Cawood and several other police officers responded to Rory Holland's neighborhood on the night of May 12, 2009. There they arrested Greene for allegedly assaulting Holland.

The prosecution argues the attack came after Holland grabbed Greene inappropriately.

AMC Commander to visit Maine

Gen. Raymond E. Johns, Jr., Commander of Air Mobility Command, is scheduled to visit the Maine National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing at Bangor Thursday.  
"I look forward to meeting with the Airmen from the state of Maine.  These Airmen are key to our nation’s ability to deliver global reach.  I also look forward to meeting with Maine’s Congressional delegation and governor during my visit," Gen. Johns said.
Air Reserve Component Airmen continue to be a seamless and integrated element of the mobility air forces and have made tremendous contributions to our national defense.  The Northeast Tanker Task Force, of which the 101st ARW is a part, has underpinned the Air Force’s ability to successfully move warfighters and their materials to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mother Nature leaves a trick for Halloween

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Christmas season is still a few weeks away but Mother Nature is getting a jump start on her work.

Around 10am Sunday a light rain changed to snow and left a Halloween trick with a fresh blanket white snow.

The snow didn't fall for long but it did provide a reminder of what is to come in a matter of weeks.

Maine Discovery Museum's Gala Dinner Auction is "Outta Sight!"

What?  MDM's auction of wooden furniture painted, decorated, and enhanced by Maine artists.
When?  Saturday, November 6th, 2010, 5-9:30 pm Where?  Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor
Preview: at Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., Bangor, during regular museum hours and online at http://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/

Maine Discovery Museum’s 8th annual benefit auction features New-England made oak storage bins that have been transformed into elegant, whimsical, and utterly original works of art.  Every year, artists from across the state of Maine donate their time and amazing talents to help the children’s museum raise money for scholarships and the museum’s annual fund.

Husson University dedicates pharmacy lab

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Students at Husson University's School of Pharmacy helped dedicate one of their newest classrooms late Thursday morning.

The university held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Cognitive Skills Laboratory. Students use the lab to practice monitoring blood pressure, giving immunizations and providing patient counseling. The lab is located in a newly renovated section of the Peabody Academic Complex. It was built thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation.

"When they announced the gift there was a shell of a room and we completed all this work with the money that they gave us," said Rod Larson, who is dean of the Pharmacy School, "and that has really created a fantastic learning environment for our students."