News from February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013

Maine's second-in-command game warden succumbs to cancer

AUGUSTA -- The Maine Warden Service's second in command died Tuesday after fighting cancer for more than a year.

February 5, 2013

Woman injured in Wilton after rear-ending logging truck Tuesday

WILTON -- A woman from the Knox County town of Hope was injured Tuesday morning after she slammed her car into the rear end of a parked tractor-trailer in a convenience store's parking lot.

February 5, 2013

Farmington selectmen finalize budget proposal for Town Meeting

Farmington selectmen adopted all recommendations proposed by the town budget committee to be presented March 18 at the annual Town Meeting.

February 5, 2013

LePage's liquor bill aims to repay hospital debt Several photos included in this story

The emergency legislation says that the state will control liquor revenue, with a private contractor handling other tasks.

February 5, 2013

Waterville council gives support to city takeover of Pine Grove Cemetery

WATERVILLE -- City councilors on Tuesday voted 6-0 to support a proposal to have the city assume management of Pine Grove Cemetery.

February 5, 2013

Local legislators largely take party lines in reaction to State of the State address Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Rep. Paul Davis said he appreciated Gov. Paul LePage's honesty during Tuesday night's State of the State address.

February 5, 2013

Maine Boy Scout councils await decision on gays, won't dictate policy to troops

On the eve of today's vote by the Boy Scouts of America on whether to start allowing troops to admit openly gay Scouts and leaders, Maine troops and their sponsors wouldn't say what they plan to do.

February 5, 2013

Skowhegan chamber, church to distribute winter coats to needy Saturday

SKOWHEGAN -- The executive director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce and a pastor from a local church plan to drive to Houlton on Thursday and come back with a truck full of winter coats for low-income families.

February 5, 2013

Belgrade selectmen pass small tax increase on to voters

BELGRADE -- The Board of Selectpersons approved a proposed budget with only a small tax increase for residents to vote on at the March annual Town Meeting.

February 5, 2013

Public safety project opens long-lost, unique view of Ticonic Falls from Winslow

WINSLOW -- Commuters traveling west across the Ticonic Bridge now can spy a part of the river that had been obscured for more than a decade.

February 5, 2013

Fire marshal seeks witness to Penobscot Street fire in Augusta

AUGUSTA -- Investigators believe an unidentified witness could help solve the question of what sparked a fire that damaged a Penobscot Street apartment building last week, leaving 13 people homeless.

February 5, 2013

Waterville man gets 18 months in home invasion plea bargain

AUGUSTA -- A Waterville man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal trespass and two counts of assault in exchange for the state dismissing three other charges, including robbery.

February 5, 2013

Rangeley fundraiser seeks world record for longest snowmobile parade on Saturday

RANGELEY -- Snowmobilers will try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest snowmobile parade Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern New England.

February 5, 2013

Franklin Superior Court, Jan. 2 to Jan. 16, 2013

FARMINGTON -- The following cases were closed from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16, 2013, in Franklin Superior Court.

February 5, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 5, 2013

BANGOR -- An Industry man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon, according to an announcement Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

February 5, 2013

PHOTOS: Gov. LePage makes State of the State address Several photos included in this story

Gov. Paul LePage makes his opening remarks at Tuesday's State of the State address, at the State House in Augusta.

February 6, 2013

LePage less combative at second State of the State Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The governor says he will fast-track natural gas proposals and start grading public schools on an A-B-C-D-F grading system to hold them accountable.

February 5, 2013

Augusta library advocates seek $50,000 in city help to revise renovation plan

AUGUSTA — A proposed renovation and expansion of the city-owned Lithgow Public Library needs an injection of $50,000 in city reserve money to keep the project moving forward, advocates say.

February 6, 2013

The State of the State, on social media

Paul LePage Mainers react on Twitter and Facebook.

February 6, 2013

Augusta karate instructor pleads guilty to child porn charges

BANGOR — An Augusta man admitted today to filming himself sexually assaulting one of his karate students and using his employer’s Internet connection to distribute images of child pornography.

February 5, 2013

Maine panel rejects voter IDs, backs early voting

The state commission that studied Maine's elections says there is little or no history of voter fraud.

February 5, 2013

Obama going to Israel in first visit as president

The trip could help repair Obama's tarnished image in Israel, where many view him as cold to the Jewish state.

February 5, 2013

Mass. shuts 11 pharmacies following surprise inspections

The inspections were prompted by a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak caused by drugs linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center.

February 5, 2013

Stewie, the world's longest cat, dies

The Maine Coon cat measured 48.5 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

February 5, 2013

Maine among several plaintiffs suing S&P

Attorney General Janet Mills says, 'We want to change behavior on Wall Street.'

February 5, 2013

Posters warn addicts about potent Portland heroin

City health officials say that advising how to avoid an overdose is different from encouraging use.

February 5, 2013

NH family of missing journalist posts ads in Syria

James Foley's parents made a plea to his captors last month for compassion and any information about their son's health and welfare, but have received no new information.

February 5, 2013

Maine high court upholds 45-year term in double killing

Eric Hamel, 22, was the triggerman in the killings of Victor Reed Sheldon and Roger Leroy Day Jr. in August 2009.

February 5, 2013

Candidates sought for federal judge vacancy in Maine

The vacancy will occur when Judge George Singal assumes senior status on July 31.

February 5, 2013

Family, schools big themes in LePage's speech tonight

The Governor's Office released pieces of the speech on Twitter, making it the first time a Maine governor has used social media to promote the State of the State address.

February 6, 2013

For two killings, Maine man gets life plus verbal lashing Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Joel Hayden, who killed his girlfriend in front of their young son, is told he is beyond rehabilitation.

February 5, 2013

Memo sets rationale to kill Qaida-linked citizens

A confidential memo says that it is too risky to delay action against individuals who continually target Americans.

February 5, 2013

Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

The drop comes after a the number of background checks hit a peak in December.

February 5, 2013

Police: $30,000 worth of heroin found in Vt. safe

The Vermont Drug Task Force said it had been investigating the suspect for a month and had bought drugs from him.

February 5, 2013

Maine man gets 1.5 years for molesting children

Daniel Severance, 30, admitted on Monday to six unlawful sexual contact charges in a deal with prosecutors.

February 5, 2013

Obama stands firm on gun control despite long odds

Suggesting he won't get all he's proposing, he says, "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something."

February 5, 2013

Superdome power an issue even before big game, AP finds

Tests on the dome's electrical feeders showed decay and "a chance of failure," state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15.

February 5, 2013

2 women plead guilty in Livermore Falls store fire

The two women took part in a plot to burn the store down so one of them could use the insurance money to open a day care center.

February 5, 2013

Study: Mainers lack access to regular dental care

Nearly 40 percent of Maine’s 1.3 million people live in federally designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.

February 5, 2013

Quotas lowered for Maine shrimp 'trappers'

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher has lowered the daily limit from 800 to 500 pounds for the season that begins today.

February 5, 2013

US sues S&P over pre-crisis mortgage ratings

The enforcement action against a major rating agency is the first since the financial crisis.

February 5, 2013

Bills seek to change U.S. pot laws

One measure would regulate marijuana the way the federal government handles alcohol: In states that legalize pot, growers would have to obtain a federal permit.

February 5, 2013

Maine AG wants hospitals to allow public into meetings

The boards of those that rely mostly on taxpayer funding should be more open to scrutiny, the attorney general says.