News from February 22, 2013

February 23, 2013

Trouble behind Maine's prison bars Several photos included in this story

 A fired warden. A prison captain charged with assault. And some say the Maine State Prison's problems are much larger.

February 22, 2013

State's teacher retirement cost shift would hammer six area districts' budgets

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Education on Friday released preliminary state subsidy figures, including specifics about teacher retirement costs that districts would be expected to pay under Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget.

February 22, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, Jan. 14 - 18, 2013

SKOWHEGAN — The following cases, listed alphabetically K-Z, were closed from Jan. 14-18, 2013 in Skowhegan District Court.

February 22, 2013

Waterville District Court, Jan. 7 - 11, 2013

WATERVILLE — The following cases, listed alphabetically A-H, were closed from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11, 2013, in Waterville District Court.

February 22, 2013

Strong voters face proposed 7 percent budget hike at March 2 town meeting

STRONG — Voters will consider a roughly 7 percent increase to the town budget March 2 at the annual Town Meeting.

February 22, 2013

Sidney printer, signmaker named Mid-Maine chamber's 2012 Business Person of the Year

WATERVILLE — Peter Schutte has a reputation for going out of his way to help others, not only in his capacity as a businessman, but also as a volunteer.

February 22, 2013

Vassalboro selectmen shave $10,000 from budget with metal roof choice

VASSALBORO — Selectmen trimmed $10,000 from the proposed town budget Friday by opting for a less expensive new roof for the Town Office.

February 22, 2013

Augusta joins county, courts to request natural gas proposals

AUGUSTA — The city will issue a joint request for proposals to natural gas companies to run pipeline and bring the fuel to heat city, school, county and court buildings in the capital region.

February 22, 2013

Tracked down by police dog, West Gardiner man behind bars

GARDINER — An 18-year-old West Gardiner man spent Thursday night behind bars after a police dog tracked him down after a short car chase through the city.

February 22, 2013

Fairfield police officer not likely to be charged in crash

FAIRFIELD — A police officer involved in a traffic accident last month on U.S. Route 201 failed to yield to oncoming traffic, but did so in the line of duty and probably will not be charged with a motor vehicle infraction.

February 24, 2013

LePage won't sign $153 million bipartisan budget

With almost unanimous support, LePage can't successfully veto the bill, so he'll let it take effect without his signature.

February 22, 2013

Gardiner city officials seek to capture community’s will for future

GARDINER — City officials are encouraging residents to share their ideas about the community’s future at an event Saturday aimed at helping shape a city plan for the next decade.

February 22, 2013

Empty nesters build new nests

I know how overwhelmed you are by the news, getting your concealed-weapon permit, fretting about the sequester, sending get-well cards to the survivors of that Carnival cruise ship in Mobile, Ala., and wondering if the Chinese military has hacked your Facebook homepage. But this item may be about you.

February 22, 2013

Another gun ad targets Susan Collins

 Organizing for Action wants Maine's Republican senator to close loopholes in background checks.

February 23, 2013

Budget cuts may affect air traffic night shifts

 Two regional airports – in Bangor and in Manchester, N.H. – could see reduced staffing if a budget impasse forces federal regulators to trim spending.

February 22, 2013

Waterville bank robber's cash bag included dye pack

WATERVILLE — The bag of money that was stolen from KeyBank on Thursday afternoon during a robbery contained a dye pack that exploded shortly after the robber left the bank, which could mean that the robber, his clothes and the money are stained pink, police said today.

February 23, 2013

Maine releases data on extra pension costs to schools

LePage has proposed shifting half of the state’s $28.9 million annual cost pension contributions onto local school districts.

February 22, 2013

New wood pellet manufacturer planned for Port of Eastport

Thermogen Industries, a subsidiary of Portsmouth, N.H.-based Cate Street Capital, said Friday it has signed a letter of intent with the Eastport Port Authority to build the plant next to the port's Estes Head Terminal.

February 23, 2013

Detective: Evidence mishandled in Kennebunk prostitution case Video clip included

Mark Strong's lawyers say the hard drive is key to his defense.

February 23, 2013

Oscar Pistorius gets bail as murder trial looms

But the Chief Magistrate, who agreed to bail with harsh restrictions, expressed his own doubts about Pistorius' story.

February 23, 2013

Train derailment in Leeds closes Route 219 Friday morning

Authorities said no one was injured when a Pan Am Railways freight train derailed, closing the road for about five hours.

February 22, 2013

Maine woman gets more time to prep for manslaughter case

An attorney for 30-year-old Kimberly Phelan was granted his request by a judge Thursday in Hancock County court.

February 22, 2013

Turner man gets 9 months for illegal hunting

Everett T. Leonard pleaded guilty in December to charges including driving deer and night hunting. He also pleaded guilty to a drug offense.

February 22, 2013

U.S. to air-drop toxic mice on Guam snakes

Military and wildlife agencies hope that dead mice laced with acetaminophen will control Guam's 2 million tree snakes and stop them from migrating to Hawaii and other Pacific islands.

February 22, 2013

Oscar Pistorius bail hearing nearing decision

Pistorius is charged with one count of premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 killing of Reeva Steenkamp. He says he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a dangerous intruder inside his home, lurking in a toilet stall off his bedroom.

February 22, 2013

Convicted NH woman might be sent back to Rwanda

A federal judge stripped Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi of her U.S. citizenship after a jury convicted her on Thursday of two counts of masking her role in the genocide.

February 22, 2013

Maine realtors see uptick in home sales, prices

The rise in home sales and prices gives realtors increased confidence that Maine is shifting from a strong buyer's market to a more balanced market.