News from February 19, 2013

February 19, 2013

Waterville council gives first-round OK to KMD, Carver Street rezoning

WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday voted 7-0 to approve rezoning two lots on Kennedy Memorial Drive and Carver Street to allow professional offices and financial institutions to operate there.

February 19, 2013

Bill would ease police efforts to keep guns out of irresponsible hands, police say

AUGUSTA — While the Legislature moved Tuesday to shield concealed-weapon permit information from the public, Maine’s law enforcement community says better access to the information could help police get guns out of the hands of criminals.

February 19, 2013

Fee changes for wood, bulky waste disposal draw no objections at Belgrade hearing

BELGRADE — The Board of Selectpersons is proposing fee changes to the transfer station to avoid unexpected costs of disposing of clean wood and bulky waste.

February 19, 2013

Manchester planners meet Thursday

MANCHESTER — The Planning Board in scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss proposed ordinance revisions including those regulating itinerant vendors, multi-family housing density and frontage requirements, and subdivisions.

February 19, 2013

Legislature, governor move fast to seal concealed-weapons permit owners' records

AUGUSTA -- The identity of Mainers who have permits to carry concealed guns will be shielded from the state's right-to-know law for the first time since at least 1985 following action Tuesday by the Legislature and Gov. Paul LePage.

February 19, 2013

Committee pulls plug on proposal to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

AUGUSTA -- A legislative committee voted 10-1 Tuesday against a bill that would ban most motorists from using handheld cellphones.

February 19, 2013

Saviello bill would expand teachers' ability to restrain disruptive students

The state's teachers would be given more leeway to intervene physically when dealing with a disruptive student under a bill scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday.

February 19, 2013

Cameron pleads guilty to cutting off monitor; sentencing in 3-5 months

PORTLAND -- A former state prosecutor who cut off his electronic monitoring device and fled Maine last November while out on bail pleaded guilty Tuesday to a new charge.

February 20, 2013

Somerset jail administrator released in budget-cutting move

EAST MADISON — The top administrator at the Somerset County Jail was relieved of his duties Tuesday in a move to cut jail spending for the coming year.

February 19, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 19, 2013

SKOWHEGAN — Firefighters were sent to Chestnut Street Tuesday morning after a caller reported a fire in a mobile home. Skowhegan fire

February 19, 2013

School food vendors peddle new offerings, ideas at Nokomis trade show

NEWPORT — As head cook for Albert S. Hall School in Waterville, Ann Marquis is in charge of providing breakfast and lunch for about 225 children every school day.

February 19, 2013

Alleged Waterville drug robber faces judge on April 9

WATERVILLE — A Skowhegan man charged with robbing a High Street resident of prescription pills is scheduled to appear April 9 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

February 19, 2013

Waterville volunteer named Mid-Maine chamber's 2012 Elias A. Joseph Award recipient

WATERVILLE — Officials at Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce tried for years to recognize Shawn Michaud for his many hours of volunteer service.

February 19, 2013

Fairfield school trespasser's court hearing moved to March 27

SKOWHEGAN — A 48-year-old Fairfield man with a history of violence and mental illness will not appear in court Wednesday to face charges that he trespassed and resisted arrest at an area high school.

February 19, 2013

Bill would close loophole on sex-offender residency ordinances

AUGUSTA — A loophole in existing state law that would allow sex offenders to live near the Capitol Area Recreation Association ballfields on the city’s east side is the subject of a new piece of legislation sponsored by Rep. Matt Pouliot, R-Augusta.

February 19, 2013

Pan Am rail crossing fees hike takes State House stage on Thursday

BELGRADE — A battle between area residents and Pan Am Railways will reach the State House on Thursday, when legislators hold a public hearing on a bill designed to address the issue.

February 19, 2013

Maine bill would loosen definition of 'restraint' for teachers

Backers say the current reluctance to intervene is leading to property damage and staff injuries.

February 19, 2013

Charges dismissed in Winslow assault case

AUGUSTA — A jury trial set for Wednesday for Renee E. Reynolds, 29, of Winslow, was called off Tuesday after the prosecutor dismissed the charges.

February 20, 2013

Sidney mobile home fire claims cats on Tuesday

SIDNEY — A River Road woman lost her home and possibly three cats during a fire Tuesday afternoon.

February 20, 2013

Ex-Maine prosecutor pleads guilty to escape charge

James Cameron, 50, fled Maine last November while on bail appealing his child-pornography conviction.

February 19, 2013

Somerset County police log, arrests

Tuesday's police blotter

February 19, 2013

Supreme Court hears arguments over Monsanto patents

The case is being closely watched by researchers and businesses holding patents on DNA molecules, nanotechnologies and other self-replicating technologies.

February 19, 2013

Portsmouth school fires employee for allegedly soliciting minor

Kenneth Kimber also was fired from his job as a boys' varsity basketball coach at Noble High School in Berwick, Maine.

February 19, 2013

High court limits detention powers in searches

By a 6-3 vote, the justices side with a New York man who was picked up about three-quarters of a mile away from his apartment as police searched it for a gun.

February 19, 2013

Now in a can: Samuel Adams beer

The Boston Beer Co. will sell Samuel Adams Boston Lager in a can for the first time beginning this summer.

February 19, 2013

Judge: Prosecutors can't be called as witnesses in Zumba trial Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Meanwhile, jury selection will resume Wednesday in the high-profile case after nearly a month's delay.

February 19, 2013

Deposits missing from some Kennebec Savings Bank accounts

AUGUSTA — Kennebec Savings Bank officials say they are sorting out a problem affecting customers who made deposits at ATMs over the past few days only to find the deposits missing from their accounts.

February 19, 2013

Daring robbers break into hold of passenger plane for diamonds Video clip included

Robbers forced their way through a perimeter fence of Brussels' airport and broke into the hold of a passenger plane 20 minutes before departure.

February 19, 2013

US ready to strike back against China cyberattacks

The plans come after a Virginia cybersecurity firm releases details that tie a secret Chinese military unit to years of cyberattacks in the U.S.

February 19, 2013

Pistorius: Killer or lover caught in a tragedy? Video clip included

The Olympian said Monday he thought he was shooting at an intruder when he pumped four bullets into the bathroom, killing his girlfriend.

February 20, 2013

Jury awards Mass. crime writer $51 million

Patricia Cornwell wins her lawsuit against her former financial management company and a former principal in the firm.

February 19, 2013

Auburn mayor seeks more cost-sharing with Lewiston

Mayor Jonathan LaBonte says the cities could save millions of dollars per year by sharing costs for core services including police, fire and public works.

February 19, 2013

NH rehabilitator seeing boom in orphaned cubs Video clip included

He attributes the increase in orphaned bears to sows getting shot looking for food in chicken coops.

February 19, 2013

Acadia to get $800K for transportation center

The Acadia project is part of a $12.5 million package of funding to improve access to 29 national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.

February 19, 2013

Man accused of slapping toddler now out of a job

Joe Rickey Hundley of Idaho allegedly slapped a toddler on a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta.