News from December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012

Dog apparently gives life to wake Wilton woman in burning home

WILTON — A Main Street woman escaped a fire that destroyed her mobile home early Friday morning thanks to her dog, who woke her up and probably didn't survive the fire.

December 7, 2012

Farmington developer ready to solicit bids for $3 million-plus senior housing project

FARMINGTON -- The construction contract for Brookside Village Apartments, a low-income housing project, will be open for bidding before Christmas.

December 7, 2012

Central Maine school districts hit nutrition goals, qualify for federal bonuses

MADISON -- Area school districts are among the first in the state to meet new school nutrition standards and receive reimbursements from the federal government.

December 7, 2012

Augusta hospital complex sold to Central Maine Commerce Center developer for $2.5 million

AUGUSTA -- The developer responsible for converting a former computer manufacturing site into the office park known as the Central Maine Commerce Center will now turn his attention to the city's soon-to-close hospital properties.

December 7, 2012

PHOTOS: Model Railroad Celebration at the Maine State Museum Several photos included in this story

Model Railroad Celebration, at the Maine State Museum on State Street in Augusta, features displays by two clubs; the Great Falls Model Railroad Club and the Maine 3-Railers Club. Members have set up five layouts running O, HO, N and Z-gauge model trains.

December 7, 2012

Farmington District Court, Aug. 16 to Nov. 14, 2012

FARMINGTON -- The following cases, listed alphabetically H-M, were closed from Aug. 16 to Nov. 14 in Farmington District Court.

December 7, 2012

Insurance to cover Winslow Elementary school damage from broken water pipe

WINSLOW -- A broken pipe at Winslow Elementary School caused about $126,000 in damage, but the school district is only responsible for a $1,000 insurance deductible.

December 7, 2012

ON THE EDGE: The Santa at the end of the bar

There are pictures around somewhere, ancient snapshots taken with even more ancient box Kodaks, of me sitting in some Great Depression-era Santa's lap. I do remember my first visit to Santa. It began in the caged elevator of Famous Barr Co. in St. Louis, somewhere around 1938.

December 7, 2012

Gerald Hotel sale finalized; senior housing project in Fairfield moves forward

FAIRFIELD -- The sale of the former Gerald Hotel was finalized on Friday, allowing Sheridan Construction to begin preparing the site for a multi-million dollar renovation project that will convert the historic structure into housing for low-income seniors.

December 7, 2012

China seeks court order to demolish condemned trailer, outbuildings

CHINA -- Judith Farris and her daughter Becky Ratcliff know their home isn't pretty.

December 7, 2012

Oakland man charged in Grinch burglary of neighbor's home Several photos included in this story

OAKLAND -- A neighbor -- found by police hiding in his attic -- was arrested in connection with the theft of an elderly couple's Christmas presents.

December 7, 2012

Whitefield woman dead, Livermore Falls woman hurt in head-on collision

A Whitefield woman is dead and a Livermore Falls woman seriously injured following a head-on crash on Route 17 near the Windsor-Whitefield line, state police say.

December 8, 2012

Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

By taking up California's ban on same-sex unions, the justices could decide whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

December 7, 2012

US government to buy Maine blueberries

 The Maine Wild Blueberry Commission requested the purchase to help the industry address an oversupply caused by an usually large crop.

December 7, 2012

University tells mascot to stop firing musket at wildlife

The West Virginia University mascot wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket – minus ammunition – at sports events.

December 7, 2012

Police to recap Ayla investigation

No new developments in case, but police will hold press conference Dec. 14 to mark upcoming one-year anniversary of toddler's disappearance

December 7, 2012

Report: Maine 'clean' candidates find success

But the figures also show that fewer legislative candidates used the Clean Election system, 62 percent in last month's election to roughly 80 percent since the 2004 election.

December 7, 2012

Fla. police: Man left baby in pit bull's care

The child's mother called police after learning the father left the baby alone while he went out to drink.

December 11, 2012

Two more suspects identified in Kennebunk prostitution case

Police say the investigation, which has now charged at least 64 men, is "slowing down."

December 7, 2012

Hospital: Nurse duped in Kate hoax found dead Video clip included

Jacintha Saldanha was the victim of a call made by two Australian radio disc jockeys posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

December 7, 2012

Mercier sentenced to 70 years for 1980 killing of Anson woman Several photos included in this story

Jay Mercier of Industry was sentenced this morning to 70 years in prison for the murder 32 years ago of Rita St. Peter of Anson.

December 7, 2012

Transient charged in Nov. 17 robbery of Capitol Street CVS pharmacy in Augusta

AUGUSTA -- A homeless man is charged with robbing a CVS Pharmacy on Capitol Street last month, the latest arrest in a string of city pharmacy robberies and a record-breaking number of drugstore hold-ups statewide.

December 7, 2012

Tom Brady, Gisele welcome baby girl

The New Eng;and Patriots quarterback and his supermodel wife have named their second child Vivian Lake Brady.

December 7, 2012

US adds 146K jobs, defying Sandy and 'fiscal cliff'

Analysts said the job market's underlying strength suggests that if the White House and Congress can reach a budget deal, hiring and economic growth could accelerate next year.

December 7, 2012

Midwest cities breaking no-snow records

On Thursday, Des Moines matched a record set in 1889 when it hit its 277th consecutive day without measurable snowfall. Chicago and Milwaukee are just days away from breaking records, as well.

December 7, 2012

Counting last-minute donations, election spending tops $2B

The election was the first in which "super" political action committees spent hundreds of millions on television ads, especially those supporting Mitt Romney.

December 7, 2012

Lewiston hospital announces job cuts

The CEO of St. Mary's Health System says the state owes the company $23 million and it can no longer absorb that debt.

December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor dead remembered on 71st anniversary

About 30 survivors, many using walkers and canes, attended the commemoration in Hawaii.

December 7, 2012

Tsunami warning lifted for strong Japan earthquake

The warning was issued after a magnitude 7.3 quake struck offshore at 5:18 p.m. Friday, swaying buildings across much of Japan.

December 7, 2012

Gonorrhea cases jump in Maine

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says there's been an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in many parts of the country.

December 7, 2012

Washington gives out same-sex marriage licenses

 Washington state joins several other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The law doesn't require religious organizations or churches to marry gay or lesbian couples.