News from December 6, 2012

December 6, 2012

Winthrop Rite Aid robber to serve three years in prison

AUGUSTA -- A city man was sentenced Wednesday to serve an initial three years behind bars for robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy in Winthrop a year ago.

December 6, 2012

Augusta man sentenced to two years for stabbing police dog in neck

AUGUSTA -- Stabbing a police dog in the neck and leading authorities into a standoff and chase have landed a city man in prison for two years.

December 6, 2012

Alleged getaway driver charged in Augusta Walmart pharmacy heist

AUGUSTA -- A city woman has been charged with helping her brother flee the Walmart on Civic Center Drive after last month's holdup at the store's pharmacy.

December 6, 2012

Brass plaques to be dedicated in Livermore Falls today

LIVERMORE FALLS -- Decades of research and work will be recognized this morning, Pearl Harbor Day, when upgrades to a downtown World War II monument are unveiled.

December 6, 2012

Augusta City Council bans smoking at school bus stops

AUGUSTA -- Lighting up a cigarette while waiting for Junior and his or her fellow students to get on the bus soon will be illegal in Augusta, as city councilors voted Thursday to ban smoking at all designated school bus stops.

December 6, 2012

Augusta man sentenced to six years for stabbing domestic partner

AUGUSTA -- Michael T. Young will spend the next six years behind bars for the stabbing death of his domestic partner, David Cox, but he's not admitting that he killed him.

December 6, 2012

Defense will use illiteracy at Chelsea selectwoman's trial

 PORTLAND -- A longtime selectwoman's apparent secret -- that she can't read or write -- will become part of her defense and out in the open when fighting tax fraud and disability claims charges, her attorney said Thursday.

December 6, 2012

Troy man killed in Detroit crash on Thursday

DETROIT -- A Troy man was killed Wednesday night when he was ejected from his car during an accident on Troy Road.

December 6, 2012

Salvation Army bell ringers in Waterville area about one-third of the way to $60,000 goal

WATERVILLE -- Volunteers are out ringing the bells and collecting money as part of a goal of raising $60,000 for the Salvation Army Waterville Corps' annual kettle campaign.

December 6, 2012

Four teenagers charged with vandalizing Pine Street house in Waterville

WATERVILLE -- Four teens face felony burglary and aggravated criminal mischief charges after repeatedly breaking into a Pine Street house and destroying its interior, according to police.

December 6, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Dec. 6, 2012

IN BELGRADE, Wednesday, at 1:53 p.m., reported theft was investigated on Taylor Woods Road.

December 6, 2012

Piece of USS Arizona marks Pearl Harbor day at Maine Veterans' Home

Seventy-one years ago today, Japanese fighter planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. The assault claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people, nearly half of whom died on the naval battleship USS Arizona, which exploded and sank after it was hit four times by Japanese bombers. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor.

December 7, 2012

Neighbor arrested after Christmas present theft in Oakland Several photos included in this story

A neighbor was arrested in connection with the theft of Christmas presents from the home of an elderly couple in Oakland.

December 6, 2012

Waterville mayor, police chief decry downtown vandalism, violence

WATERVILLE -- City officials are decrying late-night downtown vandalism and violence, including the shooting death of a man Tuesday.

December 6, 2012

Advocates seek wider use for medical marijuana

Medical marijuana advocates in Maine are promoting new legislation that would deregulate the state's program further by allowing doctors to certify patients for any medical conditions.

December 6, 2012

Two 17-year-olds nabbed in Hartland tannery burglary; third suspect sought

HARTLAND -- Police are looking for a third person connected to a burglary at Irving Tannery earlier this week.

December 6, 2012

Smooth transition predicted by outgoing Franklin County sheriff

FARMINGTON -- Sheriff-elect Scott Nichols met with Sheriff Dennis Pike on Thursday morning to prepare for Nichols taking office Jan. 1.

December 6, 2012

Maine students score above average in vocabulary testing, but best teaching methods aren't being used, national report claims

AUGUSTA -- Maine students scored higher than the national average on the first national report card for vocabulary released Thursday, but experts say the best strategies for teaching vocabulary have not reached most classrooms.

December 6, 2012

Time Warner to increase download speeds in Maine

Standard Internet customers will receive the faster speeds automatically this month.

December 6, 2012

Man jailed in Augusta stabbing death, but won't admit guilt

AUGUSTA — Michael T. Young will spend the next six years behind bars for the stabbing death of his partner, David Cox.

December 7, 2012

Swooning over 'Your LL Bean Boyfriend'

The ideal man website featuring L.L. Bean models and a Maine native's musings becomes an Internet sensation.

December 6, 2012

Obama visits Va. family to highlight 'fiscal cliff'

The president reiterates his warning that he's willing to let automatic budget cuts take effect if Republicans don't drop their opposition to higher tax rates for the wealthy.

December 6, 2012

FairPoint wins contract for Maine's next 911 system

Following two appeals, the Public Utilities Commission awards the contract for a third time to FairPoint.

December 6, 2012

Doctor says George H.W. Bush becoming more active

The former president has been in a Houston hospital since Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough.

December 6, 2012

LePage promises budget cuts, specifics still unclear

The Governor's Office says the detailed order for $35.5 million in spending reductions is expected next week.

December 6, 2012

Gypsies take curious route through US to asylum in Canada

Canadian authorities break up an ingenious human smuggling ring that shuttled Romanians from Europe to Mexico and across the U.S. to the Vermont border.

December 6, 2012

Tea party favorite DeMint quits US Senate

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

December 6, 2012

Portland Pirates owner charged with OUI

Police say Brian Petrovek, 57, had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when he crashed.

December 6, 2012

Maine students' vocabulary better than average

But among New England states, Maine ranked fifth, ahead of only Rhode Island.

December 6, 2012

2nd person charged with Augusta Walmart pharmacy robbery

Police say Lindsay Dixon -- sister of the man charged with holding up the pharmacy last week -- drove the getaway van.

December 6, 2012

Waterville police log and arrests, Dec. 3-6

Homicide, theft, threatening

December 6, 2012

Troy man killed in Detroit vehicle accident

A Troy man was killed Wednesday night when his vehicle rolled over several times after it left Troy Road.

December 6, 2012

New report analyzes Maine lobster license system

The independent report, prepared by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, examines the current licensing system that was put in place 15 years ago.

December 6, 2012

Portland startup airline gets FAA's OK for passenger service

An Elite Airways spokesman says a number of airport officials have approached the airline about serving their markets in the Northeast and Southeast.

December 6, 2012

US unemployment applications drop sharply

The temporary spike caused by Hurricane Sandy has faded but the effects of the storm is still seen in the four-week average of applications for unemployment aid.

December 6, 2012

Illegal Maine logger could owe $100,000, town says

The logger could be on the hook for more than $100,000 for cutting down about 1,250 trees town land.

December 6, 2012

Gay Wash. couples get marriage licenses Several photos included in this story

By Thursday afternoon, more than 450 licenses had been issued in Seattle, where the mood was festive overnight. Because the state has a three-day waiting period, the earliest that weddings can take place is Sunday.

December 6, 2012

Maine mall sacks Santa after rudeness complaints Video clip included

Mall officials say they are looking for a jollier Santa and hope to have him in place today.

December 6, 2012

Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration.

December 6, 2012

Egyptian army deploys tanks at presidential palace

Opponents of Mohammed Morsi defiantly calls for another protest outside the palace later today, raising the specter of more bloodshed as neither side shows a willingness to back down.

December 6, 2012

Fryburg Water District wins Maine utilities taste test

It will represent the state in the National Rural Water Association's Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C., in February.

December 6, 2012

Bisphenol-A rule on Maine regulators' agenda

The Board of Environmental Protection will discuss phasing out the use of the toxic chemical in baby and toddler food packaging.

December 6, 2012

Software guru McAfee hospitalized after being denied asylum Video clip included

The software company founder is wanted as a person of interest in the killing of a fellow ex-pat in Belize.

December 6, 2012

Wash. pot smokers celebrate first day of legalization Video clip included

"I feel like a kid in a candy store!" shouts Hempfest volunteer Darby Hageman. "It's all becoming real now!"