News from December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

Waterville City Council opts to sell recreation building, splits on future of Water Street home

WATERVILLE -- City councilors voted 6-0 to sell a city-owned property on Western Avenue for $50,000, but were split 4-2 on selling a house on Water Street in the city's South End for $15,000.

December 19, 2012

Maine hospitals push to get $484 million in overdue MaineCare payments

'The state needs to pay up,' says Gov. LePage

December 18, 2012

Augusta man indicted on federal Social Security fraud charge

A 61-year-Augusta man faces federal charges of Social Security fraud and making false statements to gain MaineCare and food assistance.

December 19, 2012

Two men remain jailed on drug charges following traffic stop in Chelsea

AUGUSTA -- Two men arrested on drug charges in Chelsea remained in Kennebec County jail Tuesday morning following initial court hearings in Superior Court.

December 18, 2012

Skowhegan District Court, Nov. 12-16, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Nov. 12-16, 2012, in Skowhegan District Court.

December 18, 2012

Litchfield seeks editor for town newsletter

LITCHFIELD -- The town is seeking an editor for its monthly newsletter, The Litchfield Sodalite.

December 18, 2012

MaineGeneral owed $38 million by state for MaineCare

MaineGeneral Medical Center is owed $38 million by the state for past years of Medicaid payments, according to hospital spokeswoman Diane Peterson.

December 18, 2012

RSU 38, teachers try to break impasse with renewed labor talks

READFIELD -- Representatives for Regional School Unit 38 and the district's teachers met Monday for the first time since a breakdown in contract negotiations earlier this year.

December 18, 2012

Augusta, state seek new deal for managing airport

AUGUSTA -- A 15-year lease agreement between the city and the state-owned airport allowing the city to run the airport is likely to be dropped in favor of a new deal that officials say better reflects how the operation is managed.

December 18, 2012

Franklin County towns looking into natural gas pipeline

Officials in Farmington, Jay, Livermore Falls and Wilton are gathering data to weigh local interest in building a new natural gas pipeline.

December 18, 2012

China delays eviction of elderly woman's family from ramshackle property

CHINA -- The town will not take action before Christmas to evict a 70-year-old China woman and her family from their Fire Road 60 property despite concerns that their living conditions are unsafe, Code Enforcement Officer Scott Pierz said Tuesday.

December 18, 2012

Somerset Superior Court, Oct. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Oct. 29, 2012, to Nov. 30, 2012, in Somerset Superior Court.

December 18, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 18, 2012

FARMINGTON -- No injuries were reported when a logging truck slid into a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning on U.S. Route 2, according to Officer Bill Tanner.

December 19, 2012

Benton girl is Maine's first child influenza death since 2010

BENTON — The death of a 6-year-old girl from Benton is the first pediatric flu fatality in Maine since 2010.

December 18, 2012

Longtime aide Rand to oversee Angus King's staff

 The former manager of the senator-elect's office and political campaigns was expected to get the job.

December 18, 2012

Obama 'actively supportive' of assault weapons ban

The White House says Obama also supports closing the gun show "loophole," which allows people to buy guns from private dealers without background checks.

December 18, 2012

Maine-based VIP to sell auto parts unit to O'Reilly

VIP Parts, Tires & Service will keep the tire and service components of its business.

December 18, 2012

Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls online library Video clip included

The library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.

December 18, 2012

Petraeus mistress won't be charged with cyberstalking

Paula Broadwell's lawyer provides a letter from U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill that says no federal charges will be brought in Florida related to "alleged acts of cyberstalking."

December 18, 2012

Dick's stores suspend sales of certain rifles

It says sales of modern rifles will be suspended during "this time of national mourning." It's not clear how long the suspension will last.

December 18, 2012

White House rejects Boehner's 'Plan B' Video clip included

The House speaker's measure would cancel tax increases due to take effect Jan. 1 on everyone earning $1 million or less.

December 18, 2012

Nelson guilty in Anson murder Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Robert Nelson, the man charged with the murder of Everett L. Cameron in Anson three years ago, was found guilty this morning in Somerset County Superior Court.

December 19, 2012

After Newtown, parents seeing their children differently

Parents around the country are letting the small stuff slide, indulging their kids just a little bit, grateful to have them safe.

December 19, 2012

6-year-old's flu death prompts alert in Maine

It's a sobering reminder that everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated each year, the state CDC director says.

December 18, 2012

Bangor hockey coach resigns over team bus trip flap

Denis Collins, last year's Eastern Maine Class A Coach of the Year, told the team that there'd be no stops on a three-hour trip because he was worried about arriving late.

December 19, 2012

Owner seeks to sell rifle maker Bushmaster

It's selling off its shares, and retailers stop selling guns like the one used at the Newtown school.

December 18, 2012

Judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones

The judge rules that Apple's demands to yank the Samsung products from U.S. shelves and bar future sales was too broad a punishment.

December 18, 2012

Newsman's disappearance largely kept secret Video clip included

Richard Engel and three colleagues were dragged from their cars, kept bound and blindfolded and threatened with death.

December 18, 2012

Maine girl shoveling snow injured in hit-and-run

Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department investigators are seeking help from the public in locating the driver and vehicle involved.

December 18, 2012

New charges for Mass. chemist in drug lab scandal

Since the lab was closed in August, judges have released about 200 defendants from prison and put their cases on hold while their lawyers challenge their convictions.

December 18, 2012

6 arrested in NH over mall parking space brawl

The six shoppers, all from Lawrence, Mass., were charged with disorderly conduct.

December 19, 2012

NRA promises to help prevent future mass shootings

The group – which deleted its Facebook page and stopped tweeting after the shootings — said it would have a news conference to answer questions Friday, the one-week anniversary of the Newtown massacre.

December 18, 2012

Sen. Daniel Inouye: Nation says 'Aloha' to a 'true American hero'

 A Medal of Honor recipient for service during World War II, the Hawaii lawmaker was elected to Congress in 1959.