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. 

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.

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.

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."

Bangor Area Homeless Shelter sells cupcakes to raise funds for Spruce Run

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Staff at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter were out Thursday looking to raise funds to help victims of domestic violence.

Volunteers recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month by selling cupcakes for donations outside of the shelter on Main Street. All proceeds went to benefit the organization Spruce Run in Bangor, which works to help area domestic violence victims by providing services such as shelter, legal help and counseling.

Last year Spruce Run sheltered over 100 adults and children affected by violence at home for over 3,300 nights. Staff at both agencies say the fundraiser was also set up to promote the services that Spruce Run provides, as many people who use the homeless shelter also happen to be victims of abuse.

Holland trial continues in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Testimony continued Thursday in the Rory Holland murder trial.

Jurors heard from the medical examiner who performed the autopsies on 19-year-old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother Derek. Authorities say Holland shot both men outside of his South Street home in Biddeford on the early morning of June 30, 2009 after getting into a confrontation with Gage Greene.

The defense contends that the 56-year-old fired in self defense.  The medical examiner testified that both Greene boys had alcohol in their blood.

The trial is expected to continue on Friday.


Students gather items for time capsule

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Students in Brewer get a history lesson and a chance to be apart of it at the same time.

Students toured the new elementary and middle school being built in Brewer. School officials expect to teach at least eleven hundred students in the building. Students gathered items to put in a time capsule to commemorate the new facility.

A news paper article about health care reform, hand sanitizer for the swine flu and a few dollar bills are among 12 items in the time capsule. The capsule will be opened in October of 2060.

The new community school is expected to be finished in June of 2011.

The school board in Brewer is still reviewing how to use the soon to be empty buildings that will be created when the new community elementary and middle school opens.