News from February 11, 2013

February 11, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 11, 2013

IN ANSON, Sunday at 12:08 p.m., someone was taken into protective custody following a report of disorderly conduct on Main Street.

February 11, 2013

Skowhegan firefighters receive new rescue sled

SKOWHEGAN -- The fire department on Monday received a new, $3,500 Rescue Alive pontoon sled for thin-ice and open-water rescues.

February 11, 2013

Clergy, scholars stunned by Pope's resignation

WATERVILLE -- Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign from the highest position in the Roman Catholic Church in hundreds of years, but changing times mean it will likely happen again in upcoming decades, according to a local historian of Catholicism.

February 14, 2013

Fairfield union building targeted for second time; reason for latest shooting unknown

FAIRFIELD -- Police are investigating another shooting of a union building on Main Street, after the staff discovered BB gun pellets in the windows last weekend.

February 11, 2013

Waterville District Court, Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 4, 2013

WATERVILLE -- The following cases, listed alphabetically F-L, were closed from Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 4, 2013, in Waterville District Court.

February 11, 2013

Oakland budget rescheduled for Tuesday

OAKLAND -- The Town Council and the Budget Advisory Committee will meet jointly at 6 p.m. tonight at the Oakland Town Office to continue review of the proposed 2013-2014 municipal budget.

February 11, 2013

Winslow accepts agricultural evaluation aid

WINSLOW -- The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to accept assistance in evaluating the town's agricultural assets.

February 11, 2013

Maine delegation hoping Obama addresses economy, spending, debt

WASHINGTON -- Members of Maine's congressional delegation said Monday that they hope President Obama will lay out a concrete set of proposals Tuesday night for putting the nation's economy on firmer ground and avoiding across-the-board spending cuts set to kick in next month.

February 11, 2013

Legislators nearer to closing $153M budget gap

AUGUSTA -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee adjourned late Monday afternoon, inching closer to finishing an emergency $153 million proposal that would close a state budget gap for this fiscal year.

February 11, 2013

Expensive surveillance system stolen from Titcomb Mountain

FARMINGTON -- The manager of Titcomb Mountain said she is disappointed after a $600 video surveillance system was stolen early Sunday morning from community ski area.

February 11, 2013

Maine writers rally for damaged Longfellow Books

PORTLAND -- For 13 years, Longfellow Books in Monument Square has been fiercely loyal to Maine's community of readers and writers.

February 12, 2013

Maine says farewell to Maj. Gregg Sanborn

Sanborn, second-in-command of the Maine Game Wardens, surprises attendees of the service with a goodbye video made during last year of life.

February 11, 2013

Mayhew discourages Florida lawmakers from supporting Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA -- Florida lawmakers are weighing whether to participate in the federal health care law's proposal to expand Medicaid. On Monday, Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew attempted to explain why they shouldn't.

February 11, 2013

Maine attorney honored for support of LGBT community

The American Bar Association has honored Mary Bonauto, a civil rights attorney in Portland, for her work advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

February 11, 2013

Bill would loosen residency requirements for school superintendents

AUGUSTA -- Augusta School Board member Deborah Towle told state lawmakers Monday that continuing to require superintendents to live in the city "doesn't make practical sense."

February 11, 2013

Agency aims to protect youngest victims of sexual abuse

AUGUSTA -- A new regional effort aims to spare children who have been sexually abused the horror of reliving the encounter multiple times for questioning by police and counselors.

February 11, 2013

Police to relatives: Evidence exists Ayla Reynolds is not alive

WATERVILLE -- The maternal family of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds has broken its silence regarding a January meeting with investigators.

February 11, 2013

Augusta area Catholic leaders respond to Pope Benedict XVI resignation

AUGUSTA — Local Catholic leaders were surprised Monday to hear that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning at the end of the month.

February 13, 2013

Human remains could be missing Maine students

Bones that washed up on an island off Kennebunkport may belong to boat-building students last seen in December.

February 11, 2013

Maine Turnpike lowers speed limit to 45 mph

Snowy conditions, on the heels of the weekend blizzard, have worsened driving conditions. However, state police report only a few cars sliding off the road and no major traffic tie-ups or injuries.

February 11, 2013

Portland to get 1 to 3 inches of snow this afternoon

Inland towns in Cumberland and York counties can expect 2 to 4 inches.

February 11, 2013

Somerset County police log

Monday's police blotter

February 11, 2013

Northeast commuters hit roads after digging out

Many schools remained closed across New England and New York, and nearly 140,000 homes and businesses were still waiting for the electricity.

February 12, 2013

LePage staffer: Governor not living large despite $32K food tab

Lynn Harvey, Blaine House director, says LePage hosts dinners for military families, potential state investors and others.

February 11, 2013

Mainer Karen Mills resigning as SBA chief

Mills, who lives in Brunswick, was sworn in as administrator of the SBA in April 2009 and led the agency during a tumultuous time as the Obama administration struggled to get the economy back on course.

February 11, 2013

Maine bishop gives thanks to pope for service



February 11, 2013

Alone, together: Snowed in, in the age of hashtags

The weekend whiteout was a lifetime away from the blizzard of 1978, a world not just without social media but one devoid of endless Weather Channel warnings and the lifeline of mobile phones.

February 11, 2013

Text of pope's resignation announcement

The announcement was delivered to cardinals gathered Monday for a ceremony to name three new saints.

February 11, 2013

Maine gas prices jump more than 4 cents

Maine prices are now almost 12 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago

February 11, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Pope's reign in photos



February 11, 2013

Pope's resignation leaves troubled church scrambling Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Not even his closest associates had advance word of the news, and there are no clear favorites to succeed him.

February 11, 2013

Nearly 150,000 still without power in Northeast

Utilities in Massachusetts alone are reporting more than 126,000 of their power customers still in the dark early Monday.

February 11, 2013

Portland, Brunswick to get EPA money

The EPA will provide technical assistance to pursue sustainable growth that safeguards people's health and the environment.

February 11, 2013

N. Maine hospital gets biomass boiler

It replaces three outdated boilers and is expected to save the Fort Kent hospital $200,000 annually in operating costs.

February 11, 2013

Maine casino recruiting table game operators

Oxford Casino officials say they're hoping to attract 75 people to attend the casino's six-week training classes in anticipation of a busy summer season.