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Updated: Aug 2, 2011 02:22 PM EDT
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  • Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:55:14 GMT
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment a...More >>
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment a...More >>
  • Remembering Idora Park over the years

    Remembering Idora Park over the years

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:52:10 GMT
    This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating fire that led to the closing of the Idora Amusement Park. Glenn Stevens took a look back at Idora Park's history and the memories it made for generations. More >>
    This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating fire that led to the closing of the Idora Amusement Park. Glenn Stevens took a look back at Idora Park's history and the memories it made for generations. More >>
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    Three inmates named in Trumbull County jail hostage situation

    Three inmates named in Trumbull County jail hostage situation

    Officials said three inmates tackled and handcuffed a corrections officer on the third floor of the jail.  The inmates are holding the officer hostage, and throughout Wednesday afternoon a peace officer has been negotiating with them to get a safe & peaceful ending.More >>
    Officials said three inmates tackled and handcuffed a corrections officer on the third floor of the jail.  The inmates are holding the officer hostage, and throughout Wednesday afternoon a peace officer has been negotiating with them to get a safe & peaceful ending.More >>


By Paul Karr

Portland: 106 miles N of Boston

Maine's largest city, Portland sits on a hammerhead-shaped peninsula extending into scenic Casco Bay. It's easy to drive right past on I-295, admiring the skyline at 60 miles an hour, and be on your way to the villages and headlands farther up the coast. After all, one doesn't usually think of urban life when envisioning a vacation in Maine.

But Portland is well worth an afternoon's detour or even a weekend stay. This historic city has plenty of charm -- especially the renovated (and touristed) Old Port, with its brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets, but not only there. Travelers who stop in Portland are also rewarded with ferries to offshore islands, boutique shops, historic homes, architectural treasures, graceful neighborhoods -- and top-shelf dining. Portland is the culinary mecca of northern New England, blessed with an uncommonly high number of excellent restaurants for a city its size.

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