Yesterday at 7:30 PM

Flooding closes Dexter’s Main Street businesses Several photos included in this story

The Sebasticook East Branch has eaten away at downtown streets as central Maine gets flood warnings and an Aroostook County man drowns crossing a street.

Yesterday at 9:34 PM

Daschle, speaking at Colby, praises nation’s health care progress

The former U.S. Senate majority leader said America is “transitioning from an illness system to a wellness system.”

Yesterday at 6:34 PM

Waterville tax rate hike sparks heated debate

A Waterville lawyer told the council that the city is facing a financial crisis, but Mayor Karen Heck said numbers are misleading.

Yesterday at 11:09 PM

Poll shows LePage, Michaud in virtual tie in Maine race for governor

The survey gives the governor a slight lead -- his first in public poll -- but margin of error, other surveys indicates dead heat.

Yesterday at 4:46 PM

Cain, Poliquin virtually tied in fundraising

As the leaders jockey for party support, their opponents say they have enough money to be competitive in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Yesterday at 10:02 PM

Car catches fire in Pittsfield; potato truck leaves highway in Carmel

Interstate 95 was the site of two accidents late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Yesterday at 6:46 PM

Two dogs with mouths full of porcupine quills left at Waterville shelter

Humane Society Waterville Area hopes the owner of the Great Dane and terrier will sign surrender papers so the dogs can be adopted.

Yesterday at 5:07 PM

Waterville residents will learn garbage in, garbage out has a price

Residents are resisting a pay-as-you-throw proposal, but the cost of dealing with their tons of garbage is a lot higher.

Yesterday at 5:44 PM

Franklin County sheriff gets nod for budget, but not for civil deputy

Sheriff Scott Nichols proposed using excess revenue from serving civil papers to fund the department.

Yesterday at 7:54 PM

Six indicted on sex crime charges in Franklin County

A Franklin County Grand Jury found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial on the felony cases.

April 15

Sidney father, son’s sex-trafficking charges followed eviction in Belgrade

An affidavit released Tuesday chronicles a two-year tale of suspicions and complaints, police visits and both amateur and official sleuthing.

Yesterday at 6:06 PM

Former Patriot, Black Bear Mulligan visits Pittston school Video clip included

The former New England tight end, who recently signed with the Chicago Bears, led a school assembly Wednesday to emphasize exercise and nutrition.

12:30 AM

UMaine System administrator received $40,000 raise

The chancellor agrees others may object in this time of deep cuts, but he wanted to keep the system’s top financial officer from leaving.

Yesterday at 5:30 PM

Morning Sentinel police log

Waterville-area police reports for April 16, 2014

Yesterday at 5:20 PM

Kennebec County Superior Court sentences

The hearings were held Tuesday.

Yesterday at 4:54 PM

State’s high court asked to dismiss Richmond woman’s claim

Linda J. Clifford says she was picked up by two state troopers and taken from her home for a second psychiatric evaluation at the same hospital and strip-searched by male security guards.

April 15

Winslow man charged with domestic assault

Justin Buker was charged in both Waterville and Winslow after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in a Kennedy Memorial Drive parking lot, then fleeing from the scene.

Yesterday at 8:31 PM

Maine Senate upholds LePage veto of solar rebate bill

The governor objected to the bill because it would’ve added 60 cents a year to residents’ electric bills.

12:30 AM

Maine lawmakers send overdose antidote bill to Gov. LePage

The bill is amended slightly in an effort to win the governor’s approval.

April 15

Sidney man accused of raping 4-year-old seeks bail

Eric Bard has been held in jail or at the Riverview Psychiatric Center since July 2012.

Yesterday at 8:21 PM

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

One of last year’s runners, who was competing as an amputee, returns to complete what he started – and he brings two friends.

Yesterday at 8:22 PM

Seabird familiar to Maine spotted for first time in Pacific

The northern gannet is spotted on Alcatraz Island and other sites. Scientists believe it flew across the Arctic Sea in 2012 when ice coverage was low.

12:31 AM

Ex-Maine State Police chief pleads not guilty to child sex charges

The judge allows Andrew Demers Jr., who served 26 years with the state police, to remain free on $5,000 bail.

April 15

Maine marathon participants undaunted by Boston bombings

Runners with ties to central Maine say they see the world as a less safe place but are determined not to live their lives in fear.

April 15

Husband of Kingfield teacher killed in crash files lawsuit

Andrew Hodgins is suing Craig Gage for allegedly driving negligently when his van struck a van driven by Samantha Wright.

April 15

Summit says Waterville neighborhoods to get natural gas this year

Residents should get two weeks’ notice before the feeder pipes are installed, according to Summit’s business development director.

April 15

O’Leary becomes new Winslow chief

The former Brunswick and Cumberland County officer will fill the post vacated by Jeffrey Fenlason’s resignation May 12.

April 15

New Sharon couple charged with drug possession

A child reported the couple’s apparent overdose last week.

April 15

Cutler cites Skowhegan economic growth on campaign stop

The visit from the independent candidate for governor came on the heels of a proposal for tax reform revealed Tuesday.

Yesterday at 11:04 PM

Flooding claims one victim in northern Maine Several photos included in this story

A 74-year old Caswell man was swept downstream and drowned Tuesday night.

Yesterday at 7:24 PM

N.H. suspends search for missing man in Smith River

In Vermont, damage from flooding is described as wide-ranging.

April 14

Fairfield man charged with producing meth, marijuana

Jared C. Colby, 22, was charged with criminal conspiracy and drug trafficking after police found a meth lab and an indoor marijuana grow when searching a house on a warrant for “another matter”.

Yesterday at 12:43 PM

Video shows al-Qaida fighters out in open Video clip included

At one point, al-Qaida’s leader in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, issues a warning that the organization remains focused on attacking the United States.

Yesterday at 8:50 PM

Jetport sees large increase in passengers leaving from Portland

The totals were up 6.7 percent over the same month in 2013, while the ‘load factor’ for flights also increased.

April 15

Maine Senate fails to override LePage’s veto of MaineCare rides bill

The vote along party lines is 20-15, which falls short of the two-thirds majority necessary for a successful override.

Yesterday at 7:13 PM

Mercedes-driving Portland man charged with crack trafficking

Undercover agents purchased crack from Ian ‘Night’ Nono on multiple occasions, police say.

Yesterday at 8:30 PM

Kennebec floods in Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The river flooded parking lots and spilled into several riverside building basements, but no obvious major damage has been done.

Yesterday at 8:23 PM

Man charged with marathon hoax sent for psychiatric evaluation Video clip included

The 25-year-old suspect, whose mother says he has bipolar disorder, is ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Yesterday at 11:04 AM

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 39

The sheriff’s office still lists seven people as missing from the March 22 slide.

Yesterday at 10:46 AM

Two ships collide, cargo ship runs aground in Virginia

The Coast Guard says winds gusting to 70 mph also caused 12 ships to drag anchor.

Yesterday at 10:26 AM

Photos: Hikers take to the mountains for a winter fix Several photos included in this story

’We love nature and we love a challenge. A lot of people say we are crazy.’

April 15

Flooding expected in Kennebec, Somerset counties Several photos included in this story

The Maine Emergency Management Agency has issued flood watches for across the state through Wednesday.

Yesterday at 9:58 AM

Homeless woman enters N.H. couple’s apartment, falls asleep

Police say the woman thought the apartment was vacant. She was charged with criminal trespassing.

Yesterday at 5:34 PM

Obama reduces prison time for inmate whose sentence was based on typo

The White House said Obama decided to grant clemency because it was the only way to correct the mistake.

Yesterday at 1:17 AM

Maine report urges steps to prevent shortage of health-care professionals

A Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information report suggests boosting state health-care education enrollment and recruiting more workers from outside Maine.

April 15

Morning Sentinel police log

Waterville-area police reports for April 15, 2014.

Yesterday at 3:18 PM

Pro-Russian insurgents seize Ukrainian armored vehicles

NATO announces it is immediately strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

Yesterday at 6:46 AM

College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

Along with new questions, changes include getting rid of the penalty for wrong answers, limiting the use of a calculator and returning to a 1,600-point scale.

Yesterday at 6:30 AM

Maine AG warns of motor vehicles phone scam

The caller claims to be from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and demands immediate payment for people to avoid arrest or license suspension.

Yesterday at 10:36 PM

Nearly 300 still missing in South Korea ferry disaster Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Nine were confirmed dead, but many expect that number will rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day unaccounted for.

Yesterday at 6:52 AM

Reduced speed limit lifted on Maine Turnpike

Maine State Police had requested the lower limit because of sleet.

April 15

Body pulled from Penobscot River identified

The 46-year-old man had been reported missing to police in late November.

April 15

Bill to remove some Maine highway signs sent to LePage

Officials say the state is at risk of losing some federal highway funding if the signs, which direct travelers to attractions and are popular with businesses, aren’t removed.

April 15

Maine Legislature enacts $32 million budget fix

The proposal includes a provision to help hundreds of developmentally disabled Mainers waiting for home- and community-based support services.

April 15

Used condoms, sex paraphernalia seized in Litchfield raid

The investigation into an alleged prostitution ring was conducted by Augusta, state and federal agents.

April 15

Hallowell road could be closed five months for turnpike bridge project

The project may add to confusion on roads expected to be dominated by natural gas crews and could lead the city to put off planned paving projects.

April 15

Maine police say three arrests tied to heroin ring

The men are accused of participating in a network distributing an estimated 500 doses of heroin a month in Rumford and Bethel.

April 14

Colby College library renovation raises ire of faculty

A group of 76 faculty members petitioned administrators to halt the renovation because nearly half of the books on offer will be moved to a storage facility off campus.

April 15

Cutler releases Maine tax reform plan

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s plan would reduce property taxes by up to 40 percent, and pay for it by expanding the sales tax.

April 14

Tons of carrots left at Skowhegan animal shelter

Somerset Humane Society says bags of carrots still remain even after donations were made to area food pantries and homeless shelters.

April 15

Sorrow, pride mark Boston Marathon bombing anniversary Several photos included in this story

Vice President Biden and other dignitaries honor three people who were killed and 260 others who were injured in the 2013 attacks.

April 15

Photos: Total lunar eclipse – the 'blood' moon

The full lunar eclipse began at 3:07 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and lasted until 4:25 a.m. But with clouds over the Portland area, these photos were shot in the West.

April 15

Flooding predictions worsen for Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner

Heavy rainfall in western Maine is expected to bring flooding to parking lots and buildings on Wednesday.

April 15

Court upholds EPA power-plant emission standards

The case has potential air-quality ramifications for Maine, which has been described as the ‘tailpipe’ of the nation.

April 15

Maine House OKs bill to expand preschool programs

The bill now faces a final Senate vote before being sent to Gov. Paul LePage.

April 15

Maine bill to halt virtual charter schools fails in House

The bill falls short of the two-thirds support that emergency measures, or bills that take effect immediately, need for final passage.

April 15

Hallowell real estate agent earns technology certificate

Harrison Wolfington, from Laflin & Wolfington Realty in Hallowell, joined more than 30,000 real estate professionals who have earned the association’s e-PRO Certification.

April 15

Construction expo in Augusta holding job fair Wednesday

Construction Expo of Maine, sponsored by the Maine Chapter National Association of Women in Construction, is hosting its annual job fair Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

April 15

Maine House supports more access to lifesaving overdose antidote

Gov. LePage says he’ll veto the bill because of a last-minute change, but the 147-0 vote signals it’s likely to be overridden.

April 15

Robot sub returns to water in search for Malaysian jet

Monday’s planned 16-hour search lasted just six and none of the data collected by the Bluefin 21 offered clues to the whereabouts of the plane.