News from February 26, 2013

February 27, 2013

UMaine women's basketball bus crash leaves team feeling 'blessed' Several photos included in this story

A coach bus carrying the University of Maine women's basketball team suddenly veered to the left and hit a rumble strip before going airborne and crossing four lanes of traffic in a Tuesday night crash that showered passengers with broken glass.

February 26, 2013

Farmington selectmen OK $1,000 to complete downtown plan

FARMINGTON — Selectmen voted to sign a $1,000 consulting contract to finish the Downtown Development Plan.

February 26, 2013

Augusta legislator's bill would restore state revenue sharing to 5 percent in three years

AUGUSTA — A Republican-sponsored bill could become a compromise to Gov. Paul LePage’s widely unpopular budget plan to suspend state aid to Maine’s cities and towns for two years.

February 26, 2013

Hot air balloon crash in Egypt kills 19, seriously injures 2

LUXOR, Egypt — The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths.

July 24, 2013

Former Chelsea selectwoman loses bid to squash statements; federal trial cleared to start

Carole Swan is scheduled for trial on fraud and extortion charges in five weeks now that a federal judge has upheld rulings that refuse to suppress the former Chelsea selectwoman’s statements to investigators.

February 26, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 26, 2013

IN ANSON, Monday at 5:54 p.m., an animal complaint was reported on Second Street.

February 27, 2013

Municipal spending increase proposed in Ripley

RIPLEY — Town Meeting is strictly routine business this year, according to Ripley Town Clerk Vernal Sinclair.

February 26, 2013

School parking lot on Waterville planners’ agenda

WATERVILLE — The Planning Board on Monday will consider a final plan by Mount Merici Academy for a 18,000-square-foot parking lot and drop-off area to be built off upper Western Avenue.

February 26, 2013

Lower proposed Cambridge budget probably won't mean tax cut

CAMBRIDGE — The proposed municipal budget before Town Meeting voters on Saturday is about 4 percent lower than the current one, but a drop in the property tax rate is unlikely because of uncertainty about state funding.

February 27, 2013

Augusta Downtown Alliance may join Main Street program

AUGUSTA — The Augusta Downtown Alliance wants to join the Main Street Maine revitalization program, a step that would obligate members, local merchants and other donors and the city to pay jointly for a new downtown manager’s position.

February 26, 2013

Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

The vote was 58-41, with four Republicans joining the Democrats in backing the contentious choice.

February 26, 2013

Sentencing for Waterville man deferred 12 months to avoid conviction

AUGUSTA — A Waterville man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated felony trafficking in marijuana for having 2.6 pounds of what the prosecutor described as flat, processed, pressed marijuana hidden in a safe in his car.

February 27, 2013

Augusta fires have state investigators seeking answers

AUGUSTA — State investigators say they’re still seeking answers about fires in recent months that left more than a dozen people homeless at two Augusta sites.

February 26, 2013

FirstPark hires former military man as executive director

OAKLAND — A former military man with an economic development background has been hired as the new executive director of FirstPark, a business park that is supported by 24 area communities.

February 26, 2013

No charges will be filed in deadly Bath explosion Several photos included in this story

 Though no charges will be filed, the fire marshal's office said Tuesday that the case is not closed.

February 26, 2013

Anson school bus accident involves students from two districts

One student sustained a minor injury in a school bus accident on U.S. Route 201A this afternoon.

February 26, 2013

Suspected getaway driver charged in CVS pharmacy robbery

AUGUSTA — Authorities have charged a 33-year-old Sidney man who is suspected of being the getaway driver during a Capitol Street CVS pharmacy robbery that occurred Nov. 17.

February 26, 2013

Rodman takes 'basketball diplomacy' to N. Korea

The former NBA star has brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — tattoos, nose studs and all — to a country with possibly the world's strictest dress code.

February 26, 2013

Pistorius plans his own service for Steenkamp

Pistorius' reputation management firm said he specifically requested the service "as he remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva."

February 26, 2013

2nd major snowstorm paralyzes parts of Midwest

More than 100,000 homes and businesses lose electricity, and at least three deaths are blamed on the blizzard.

February 26, 2013

One and done at Oscars for MacFarlane

MacFarlane's edgy jokes about domestic violence, women's bodies and Jews offended some, but ratings were their best in three years.

February 26, 2013

Feds order Boston-NY discount buses shut down

The order comes after Massachusetts officials find serious problems with eight Fung Wah buses, including cracks in their frames.

February 26, 2013

Bill would create jury opt-out for older Mainers

The bill's sponsor says there's no need to add stress to the lives of elderly people by requiring them to serve on juries.

February 26, 2013

Agents raid suspected South Thomaston meth lab

Tuesday's raid was the third this month, after a record 13 raids in 2012.

February 26, 2013

School parking lot on planners' agenda

WATERVILLE -- The Planning Board on Monday will consider a final plan by Mt. Merici Academy for a 18,000-square-foot parking lot and drop off area to be built off upper Western Avenue.

February 26, 2013

NH woman, 95, to open Memorial Bridge a 2nd time

When Eileen Foley was 5, she was picked out of a crowd of 5,000 people for the ribbon-cutting honors on Aug. 17, 1923. Now she's scheduled to do it again.

February 26, 2013

Competition fierce in Maine, even for low-wage jobs

A liberal advocacy organization's report stirs bipartisan calls for state policies to expand employment opportunities.

February 27, 2013

Maine bill seeks to regulate police use of drones Several photos included in this story

Stateline reported earlier this month that nine law enforcement agencies in six states have been authorized to use drones.

February 26, 2013

Maine group wants to create entrepreneur plate

The proposed license plate would have the group's acorn logo on the side. The bottom of the plate would read, "Support Entrepreneurship. Start Small. Accomplish Big."

February 26, 2013

Maine average heating oil price down 2 cents



February 26, 2013

Evidence complaint rejected in Zumba case Video clip included

Meanwhile, the judge and lawyers review pornographic videos to determine which ones should be allowed into evidence.

February 26, 2013

Maine man gets $1.5M in lawsuit over collision

A Sabattus man suffered severe leg injuries in a 2011 crash with a tractor-trailor truck.

February 26, 2013

Report: Acadia visitors add $186M to Maine economy

The National Park Service said the park's 2.4 million visitors in 2011 helped support 3,000 jobs.

February 26, 2013

Norway man dies in head-on collision

Police say 63-year-old Kevin Haines died in the crash on Route 117 on Monday.

February 27, 2013

3rd man to be sentenced in Krista Dittmeyer case

 Michael Petelis has a plea deal in the disappearance and death of the 20-year-old Portland woman.

February 26, 2013

Feds join investigation into MIT gunman hoax

The director of the Secret Service's Boston field office says the agency's electronic crimes task force is involved because the hoax was Internet related.

February 26, 2013

Auction of recluse's gold coins net $3.5 million

When Walter Samaszko died, officials found a secret collection of thousands of gold coins stashed in the garage of his modest home.

February 26, 2013

Deaths of teen drivers rise sharply, reversing trend

Deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the first six months of 2012 were up a combined 19 percent over the same period in the previous year.

February 26, 2013

UMaine students volunteer during spring break

Many students will be building houses, delivering health care services, helping out in rural schools, and doing other volunteer work in the U.S. and Central America.

February 26, 2013

Maine state trooper injured in Presque Isle crash

Police say Trooper Shawn Whalen sustained a hip injury in the crash.

February 26, 2013

High-stakes trial resumes over 2010 Gulf oil spill

 The civil trial could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages.

February 26, 2013

Top British cleric quits under cloud

Keith Patrick O'Brien Benedict's final days as pope are sullied by abuse-related accusations and friction with the media.