News from December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

Alleged Augusta Walmart pharmacy robber sold pills to finance sister's apartment, police say

AUGUSTA -- The city man charged over the weekend with robbing the pharmacy inside the Civic Center Drive Walmart told police he discarded two of three bottles of pills he was given because they were more than he needed to make a down payment on his sister's apartment.

December 3, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 3, 2012

IN BELGRADE, Friday at 2:30 p.m., a protection order violation was investigated on Pheasant Run Road.

December 3, 2012

Badly abused dog put down by Somerset Animal Shelter

SKOWHEGAN -- A dog taken to the Somerset Animal Shelter last week was so badly abused and neglected it was euthanized the same day.

December 3, 2012

LePage administration's budget boss urges immediate $35 million spending halt Several photos included in this story

H. Sawin Millett Jr. AUGUSTA -- Gov. Paul LePage moved one step closer Monday to ordering immediate cuts to the state budget.

December 3, 2012

Madison high school principal ousted as SAD 59's cash flow, enrollment shrink

MADISON -- The principal of Madison Area Memorial High School was fired because of what the superintendent has called a need for administrative restructuring.

December 3, 2012

Police probe drive-by shooting at IBEW building in Fairfield on Thursday

FAIRFIELD -- A local union is investigating ways to improve security at its downtown hall four days after the lobby windows were shot out.

December 3, 2012

Cony High School principal named interim Augusta schools superintendent

AUGUSTA -- Cony High School Principal James Anastasio was named interim superintendent, and Special Education Director Donna Madore assistant superintendent by the Board of Education Monday.

December 3, 2012

First same-sex marriages could happen before New Year

PORTLAND -- Gay couples in Maine will be able to get married before the end of the year, possibly as early as Dec. 29 in some cities and towns, now that the state has certified the Nov. 6 election results, the secretary of state's office said Monday.

December 4, 2012

Film festival organizers to purchase Waterville cinema

Organizers of the Maine International Film Festival plan to buy Railroad Square Cinema to help guarantee the cinema's long-term health.

December 3, 2012

Waterville insurance agency accepting gift box donations for children's home

WATERVILLE -- GHM Insurance Agency is accepting donations of toys and clothing for the children helped by the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.

December 3, 2012

Wilton to buy 4-wheel-drive police vehicle

WILTON -- A four-wheel drive vehicle for the police department has been a priority ever since Heidi Wilcox became chief.

December 3, 2012

Gardiner ordinance committee revises proposal for keeping intown sheep, goats

GARDINER -- Intown residents who want to own livestock could keep up to two goats or two sheep, once an ordinance allowing livestock in the city is hammered out.

December 4, 2012

Belcher's time at UMaine had episodes of domestic issues

A pro football player for Kansas City, Belcher made national news Saturday when he shot and killed his girlfriend and himself.

December 3, 2012

Four Maine companies get safety certification

To qualify, the companies must go through a safety audit and maintain injury rates below the industry average.

December 3, 2012

Republicans issue new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

The GOP plan would reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion over 10 years, while Obama's plan would reduce it by $4.6 billion. But the GOP says their plan would keep tax rates lower.

December 3, 2012

CDC: US flu season starts early, could be bad

Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one.

December 3, 2012

US official: Syria moving chemical weapons components

Secretary of State Clinton reiterats President Obama's declaration that Syrian action on chemical weapons was a "red line" for the United States that would prompt action.

December 3, 2012

VIDEO: Breakthrough footage of twins vying for space in womb Video clip included

The video is made possible by an advanced MRI technique that provides much more depth and clarity than a regular MRI.

December 3, 2012

Police: Scarborough woman fired gun while holding baby

Angela Haddad, 34, was trying to kill her husband, police say.

December 3, 2012

Will and Kate expecting a baby, UK palace confirms Video clip included

St. James's Palace says that the Duchess of Cambridge has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital.

December 3, 2012

Somerset County police logs, arrest

Monday's police beat

December 3, 2012

Nelson says he met but did not kill Anson man

SKOWHEGAN — Robert Nelson said Monday that he met with Everett L. Cameron the day he was murdered three years ago, but did not kill him.

December 3, 2012

Ex-Maine prosecutor held without bail at N.M. jail

James Cameron, convicted on child-porn charges, could be on his way back to the state as early as Tuesday after a court appearance.

December 3, 2012

Gay marriage law to take effect Dec. 29

Mainers on Nov. 6 voted 53 percent to 47 percent to approve gay marriage, making Maine the ninth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

December 3, 2012

New slate of prominent Maine officials facing vote

Democratic nominees are virtually assured of occupying the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor.

December 4, 2012

Governor advised to issue order for immediate cuts

The governor's budget officer advises a $35 million reduction in response to falling tax revenues.

December 3, 2012

NYC homeless man barefoot again despite gift of boots

The New York Times found Jeffrey Hillman Sunday night wandering barefoot again in Manhattan.

December 4, 2012

Maine shrimp fishermen's catch limits cut 74 percent

The state's $70 million industry, which employs 1,500 fishermen, faces the devastating cut due to overfishing and environmental conditions.

December 3, 2012

Waterville, Clinton police logs, Dec. 2

Theft, vehicle burglary, accident

December 3, 2012

Windows shot out at 17 Bangor businesses

Authorities says the damage estimated at about $7,000 is from old, unreported shots fired from a BB or pellet gun.

December 3, 2012

Jay man gets 10 years for abusing 2 girls

One victim told the court she doesn't think she will recover from what was done to her.

December 3, 2012

Painful cough keeps George H.W. Bush hospitalized

George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush A hospital spokesman says the 88-year-old Bush has a "nagging cough" and "we don't have any idea when he'll be released."

December 3, 2012

Coast Guardsman dies when boat rammed by alleged smugglers

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was pronounced dead Sunday after he was brought ashore.

December 3, 2012

Lab tech in hepatitis C case pleads not guilty in NH

David Kwiatkowski, whom prosecutors describe as a "serial infector," was arrested in July.

December 3, 2012

Maine gas prices down 2 cents per gallon

Maine prices are seven cents lower than a month ago but more than 19 cents higher than at the same time last year.

December 3, 2012

4 injured in Lebanon hit-and-run collision

Investigators are looking for a vehicle involved in a head-on crash that immediately drove away from the scene.

December 3, 2012

'Three Cups of Tea' co-author Relin commits suicide

The controversial book, which has sold 4 million copies, has come under fire for alleged inaccuracies and falsehoods.

December 3, 2012

Report details spiders on Mount Katahdin

It includes five species that were previously unidentified. None of the 145 species are poisonous.

December 3, 2012

Police: Deaths in Alton were murder-double suicide

Authorities previously said Scott Reed stabbed his wife, Danielle, then shot himself. They now say that the second man present, Daniel Young, shot himself.

December 3, 2012

Scientists question key carbon allies: plants, soil

 New studies raise doubts about carbon storage, which could mean more immediate action is needed.