News from December 10, 2012

December 11, 2012

Maine Natural Gas pipeline pitched to Winslow Town Council

WINSLOW -- Representatives of Maine Natural Gas made their pitch for providing service to central Maine during a Town Council meeting Monday.

December 10, 2012

Skowhegan police find badly abused poodle's owners; charges expected

SKOWHEGAN -- Police said Monday they know who abandoned an abused dog that was taken to the shelter last month in such bad condition it was euthanized the same day.

December 10, 2012

Franklin County awards dispatch center contract to low bidder

FARMINGTON -- Franklin County commissioners Monday awarded the contract for the new Franklin County Dispatch Center at a price below the low bidding company's original submission, but still slightly above the project's budget.

December 10, 2012

Augusta karate instructor charged with child porn makes first federal court appearance

An Augusta man charged with filming himself sexually assaulting one of his karate students and using his employers Internet connection to distribute the images waived his right to a detention hearing, consenting Monday to stay in custody pending his trial.

December 10, 2012

Little Wanderers exceeds goal for Christmas boxes, thanks to late flurry of donations

WATERVILLE -- A last-minute flood of donations has allowed the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers to exceed its goal of sending Christmas boxes to 1,600 disadvantaged children throughout the state.

December 10, 2012

Saturday opening for same-sex marriage licenses comes with costs, benefits

A growing number of city and town offices in Maine plan to open on Dec. 29, a Saturday, to issue marriage licenses on the first day same-sex marriage is legal in the state.

December 10, 2012

Emergency disaster drill planned on Farmington's Fairbanks, Wilton roads Tuesday

FARMINGTON -- Emergency responders are conducting a disaster drill on Fairbanks and Wilton roads this afternoon.

December 10, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 10, 2012

IN ANSON, Sunday at 11:34 a.m., a report of a theft was investigated on Main Street.

December 10, 2012

Waterville, Portland events to mark first anniversary of Ayla Reynolds disappearance

Two upcoming events will mark the one-year anniversary of toddler Ayla Reynolds' disappearance, and each will attempt to find a bright spot in the midst of the unsolved investigation.

December 10, 2012

Slipping, sliding, but no major accidents during messy Monday weather Several photos included in this story

Cars slid off roads and into each other all around central Maine Monday, but no major accidents were reported as part of the first major storm of the season.

December 10, 2012

Augusta school board to consider Cony assistant principal as interim high school head

AUGUSTA -- Assistant principal Kimberly Silsby will be considered to fill in as interim principal of Cony High School by the board of education when it meets Wednesday.

December 10, 2012

China Dine-ah owner to open second, seasonal restaurant on Route 3

CHINA -- Norm Elvin hopes his new restaurant, The China Dine-ah Too Go, will become not only a stopping point but also a destination for the thousands of tourists who drive up Route 3 every summer to visit Acadia National Park.

December 10, 2012

Jeep slides off road into Chelsea house

CHELSEA -- Rescuers removed a Jeep after it slid off Togus Road Sunday and wound up nestled against a house.

December 11, 2012

Maine martial arts teacher accused of making child-porn videos

Wade Hoover, 34, allegedly assaulted students when they were unconscious.

December 10, 2012

Bail set at $700K for Winslow man charged in Waterville shooting death Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA — A Winslow man charged in a shooting death in Waterville last week had bail set at $700,000 on Monday.

December 10, 2012

Portland woman wins $123K in Zales discrimination suit

RyiSHisa Morris, who is African-American and Native American, was refused service and verbally assaulted in 2010 by a clerk at the Maine Mall store.

December 10, 2012

Westbrook woman gets 4 years as getaway driver

Maria Mattson, 31, pleaded guilty in August to driving Paul Sans, 30, of Westbrook as the two went on a month-long bank robbery spree.

December 10, 2012

Cornville house fire ignites ammunition, fireworks

“It sounded like a war zone with ammunition going off everywhere," a neighbor says.

December 11, 2012

Hannaford names new president

Brad Wise, who attended USM, will take control as parent company Delhaize streamlines management.

December 10, 2012

Pingree: $150K grant to help design container ship

The Maine Port Authority plans to partner with a private company to design and build a new vessel to restore service on the route.

December 10, 2012

Scientists to test NH-Maine river with dye

Information from the dye-study will be used to determine whether areas of the Lower Piscataqua River are safe for shellfish harvesting and commercial shellfish operations.

December 10, 2012

CMP seeks more financial separation from Spanish parent

CMP's goal is to make it harder for Iberdrola to take cash out of CMP to pay dividends, and to not get whacked by Iberdrola's recent credit rating downgrades.

December 10, 2012

Gay-marriage questions to get answered Thursday

The webinar is from noon to 1 p.m.

December 10, 2012

Somerset County police logs

Monday's summaries

December 11, 2012

Foreclosure, and a fire: odd circumstances in suspected Windham arson

 Donato Corsetti, found wrapped in duct tape and rescued from the fire, had recently lost the building to foreclosure.

December 10, 2012

LePage wants condemnation of Democratic 'tracker'

The Democratic Party has said its tracker will continue recording the governor during his public appearances.

December 10, 2012

PHOTO: Benton rollover

Kennebec County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jacob Pierce investigates a truck rollover, after the vehicle left ice and slush-covered Route 139 in Benton, on Monday. The uninjured driver is at right. Pierce said the slippery road condtions are to blame for the accident.

December 10, 2012

LePage to lay wreath at State House

The governor is joining members of the Maine Funeral Directors Association and their families during the ceremony today in Augusta.

December 10, 2012

Private college presidents' pay up slightly

The highest paid was Bob Kerrey, who was president of The New School in New York until December 2010. His total compensation was valued at just over $3 million.

December 10, 2012

Global intelligence report: Poverty down, resource fights ahead

The intelligence community's analysis of where current trends will take the world in the next 15 to 20 years is intended to help policymakers plan for the best and worst possible futures to come.

December 10, 2012

Waterville, Clinton and Sidney logs, Dec. 9 and 10

Burglary, assault, vehicle accident

December 10, 2012

Mexican music star Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash Video clip included

Born in Long Beach, Calif., Rivera was at the peak of her career, having sold more than 15 million records.

December 10, 2012

N.Y., N.J. ponder new boardwalks without the boards

The destruction of Superstorm Sandy will likely result in some changes along the shoreline, with more wooden walkways giving way to concrete or synthetic materials.

December 10, 2012

Maine gas prices continue downward trend

Maine prices are now six cents lower than a month ago, yet remain 15 cents higher than at the same time last year.

December 10, 2012

Police: Boys, 7 and 11, attempt armed robbery in Ore.

Portland, Ore., police say they recovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun from the older boy's pockets.

December 10, 2012

Bangor casino revenues on track to set record

A casino official says a drop in slot revenue has been made up at blackjack, roulette and other games. The casino plans on adding craps tables in 2013.

December 10, 2012

Famed architect gets 6 months for drug smuggling

Eugenio Velazquez tried to bring 12.8 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. in a special lane for prescreened, trusted motorists.

December 10, 2012

Hope and fear as high court takes gay marriage cases

While nine states allow same-sex partners to marry, or will soon, 41 states do not. Of those, 30 have written gay marriage bans into their state constitutions.

December 10, 2012

Maine group opening fourth backcountry ski hut

Maine Huts and Trails says the public is invited to the ceremony on Wednesday at its new Stratton Brook Hut in Carrabassett Valley.

December 10, 2012

1 dead, 3 hurt in Old Town rollover crash

A 23-year-old Carmel man died when a Dodge Caliber he was driving struck a utility pole and rolled over on Sunday.

December 10, 2012

Netflix gets SEC notice over CEO's Facebook post

Shares in Netflix rose more than 6 percent on the day of Hastings' post, which regulators say was not a 'fair disclosure.'