News from December 5, 2012

December 5, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 5, 2012

IN ANSON, Tuesday at 6:35 p.m., a report of theft was investigated on West Mills Road.

December 5, 2012

Palermo residents vote to withdraw from RSU 12

PALERMO -- In a vote at a special town meeting Wednesday, Palermo became the third town in Regional School Unit 12 to seek withdrawal from the RSU.

December 5, 2012

Skowhegan District Court, Oct. 22 to 26, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases, listed alphabetically G-L, were closed from Oct. 22 to 26, 2012 in Skowhegan District Court.

December 5, 2012

Five Maine hospitals among top rural medical centers in US, nonprofit group claims

When it comes to rural hospitals, Maine is leading the nation, according to a list of top hospitals produced by a nonprofit group that was formed to reduce medical errors.

December 5, 2012

Norridgewock selectmen send hospital building fees break to appeals board

NORRIDGEWOCK -- Selectmen are sending to the Board of Appeals a decision by the Planning Board to dismiss construction fees for Redington-Fairview General Hospital.

December 5, 2012

Somerset County finance director named interim administrator

SKOWHEGAN -- Somerset County commissioners on Wednesday named county finance manager Earla Haggerty as interim county administrator.

December 5, 2012

Area's freshmen legislators ready to hit the ground running Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Local legislators who began their first term Wednesday said they were honored by the job and anxious to get going.

July 24, 2013

Indicted Chelsea selectwoman claims illiteracy in pretrial hearing

BANGOR -- Carole Swan, who spent 19 years as a Chelsea selectwoman signing warrants and conducting other town business, testified in federal court here Wednesday that she is illiterate.

December 5, 2012

KENNEBEC TALES: Belgrade library feels the love

Patrons of Belgrade Public Library are getting a special treat these days -- a nice tote bag to bring their books home in. They not only get to keep it, but they also get an extra week to keep the books before returning them.

December 5, 2012

Boehner, Obama discuss fiscal cliff by phone

Also on Wednesday, another Republican broke ranks and said he could support Obama's proposal to increase taxes on the top 2 percent as part of a deficit-reduction plan.

December 5, 2012

CMP offers low-rate plan for off-peak power use

The plan rewards people who can shift their use of energy-sucking appliances to periods when there's less demand on the regional power grid.

December 11, 2012

Three found guilty in Kennebunk prostitution case

A judge fines the men $600 to $1,000 each in a case that has gained international attention.

December 6, 2012

Portland lawyer, who works for free, rewarded with $100K prize

Thomas Cox helped "blow the lid" off foreclosure fraud by some of the country's biggest banks, saving tens of thousands of homes.

December 5, 2012

Sources: Obama to ask for up to $50 billion in Sandy aid

So far, the government has distributed about $2 billion in aid to 11 states. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are seeking another $83 billion.

December 5, 2012

Somerset County Commissioners to name interim administrator today

Larry Post, of St. Albans, resigned Tuesday

December 6, 2012

Legislators take oath, LePage takes aim Several photos included in this story

The governor criticizes the Democrats' decision to hire a cameraman to film his public events as "vulgar, vicious and vile."

December 6, 2012

Jazz icon, composer Dave Brubeck dies at 91

Brubeck and his quartet brought jazz to the mainstream of American audiences.

December 5, 2012

Astronaut, cosmonaut brace for whole year in space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says it will be like spending a whole year at the office. And you never get to leave.

December 5, 2012

Michaud gets top Democratic post on vets committee

The new position will give Maine's U.S. Senator significant influence over a committee that handles issues affecting the nation’s military personnel.

December 5, 2012

Belcher's mother to dying girlfriend: 'Stay with me'

"She's still breathing but please hurry," Cheryl Shepherd says on the recording of her call with Kansas City emergency dispatchers.

December 5, 2012

Northern Maine makes Lonely Planet travel list

20120307_MOOSEHEAD Lonely Planet features the 'top half of the Maine thumb' in its guide to slightly overlooked places.

December 5, 2012

Dictionary says words of the year are capitalism, socialism

Democracy, globalization, marriage and bigot — all touched by politics — made the Top 10, in no particular order.

December 5, 2012

Fiscal cliff talks hint at more defense cuts



December 5, 2012

Deal ends crippling strike at LA ports

Negotiators reached a tentative agreement to end the strike late Tuesday, less than two hours after federal mediators arrived from Washington, D.C.

December 5, 2012

Police: Suspect in NYC subway push implicates self

The suspect was taken into custody on Tuesday after investigators recovered security video that showed a man fitting his description working with vendors near Rockefeller Center.

December 5, 2012

3-year-old burned boy released from NH hospital

The boy at the center of a child endangerment case against his mother and her boyfriend is in state custody.

December 5, 2012

Bath couple ordered to leave home with hole in roof

Alan and Yvonne Orchard were issued an eviction notice last week because their home of 19 years has a two-foot diameter hole in the roof.

December 5, 2012

Waterville suspect to face murder charge, authorities say Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A Winslow man claims he fired in self-defense.

December 6, 2012

Ex-Portland podiatrist accepts plea deal

John Perry faces up to 20 years in federal prison on nine drug charges.

December 5, 2012

Maine man's home a 14-foot canoe in Boston Harbor Several photos included in this story

The 49-year-old says he's been paddling the waters of Boston since October with all his possessions aboard a 40-year-old aluminum canoe he patches with duct tape when necessary.

December 5, 2012

Armed standoff at Lewiston motel ends peacefully

City officers and state police surrounded and evacuated the motel and closed the road to traffic until the suspect gave himself up.

December 5, 2012

New Maine Legislature to be officially seated today

Republican Gov. Paul LePage on will administer the oath of office to the representatives and senators who were elected last month.

December 5, 2012

Tanning beds and cancer: A business 'more and more tainted'

 Doctors say mounting evidence of the link to melanoma should prompt tougher warnings.