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ALFRED, Maine

Judge declines to dismiss charges in Zumba trial

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A judge has declined to dismiss counts against a Maine man accused of helping a Zumba instructor run a prostitution business, setting the stage for closing arguments. The defense asked the judge Tuesday to dismiss all but one or two misdemeanor charges against Mark Strong, saying that there were problems with the indictment and that prosecutors unnecessarily piled on charges. Justice Nancy Mills said she was satisfied with the indictment and that the counts avoided duplication.

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