News from February 7, 2013

February 7, 2013

Northeast prepares for winter-weather deluge

BOSTON — A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance today, with up to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond.

February 7, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, Dec. 17-21, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 17-21, 2012 in Skowhegan District Court.

February 7, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 7, 2013

IN ALBION, Wednesday at 6:17 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Higgins Lane.

February 7, 2013

Oakland woman arrested for misuse of 911

OAKLAND -- For the third time in two years, police arrested a woman and charged her with misusing the emergency 911 system Thursday morning.

February 7, 2013

Head-on collision in Fairfield sends two to hospital

FAIRFIELD -- Two pickup trucks collided head on in a 55-mph stretch of Skowhegan Road early Thursday morning, sending the drivers of both vehicles to the hospital.

February 7, 2013

UMF panel: Can gun control be meaningful and protect constitutional rights?

FARMINGTON -- Maine leaders in the debate on gun control gathered to discuss whether there can be meaningful gun control laws that still protect constitutional rights during a panel discussion Monday evening at the University of Maine at Farmington.

February 7, 2013

Athens and Brighton Plantation ready for exit from SAD 59

MADISON -- Committees in Athens and Brighton Plantation are planning the next phase of their anticipated withdrawals from their school district.

February 9, 2013

Winter storm won't stop weekend events

Major winter storms are generally cause for event cancellations, but today's wintry weather is cause for excitement for the organizers of one central Maine event this weekend.

February 7, 2013

Men, women would be equal under new batterers law

The administration of Gov. Paul LePage and two state legislators plan to propose legislation in the coming weeks to establish gender-neutral rules for state-certified batterer treatment programs, a spokeswoman said this week.

February 7, 2013

Legislators working to close spending gap, resolve conflict over budget proposals

AUGUSTA -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee was expected to work into the wee hours of this morning to vote on an emergency budget aimed at fixing a $153 million spending gap wrought largely by Medicaid overruns and low revenue collection.

February 7, 2013

Baldacci still weighing third run for governor

John Baldacci PORTLAND -- Former Gov. John Baldacci said he will decide in April whether to run again for governor of Maine, but he said no matter who runs, that person needs to be a strong cheerleader for the state.

February 9, 2013

Vaudeville-style show to honor departing Johnson Hall co-founder

GARDINER -- Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center will recognize one of its departing founders by celebrating with the medium she helped bring to the city decades ago.

February 7, 2013

Local lawmakers' bills poised for vetting

AUGUSTA -- Local lawmakers want to help veterans and a local home for the elderly with bills recently added to the legislative pipeline.

February 7, 2013

Changes to school funding formula could have consequences

AUGUSTA -- A review of Maine's funding formula for schools could have far-reaching consequences for school staff members, students and taxpayers.

February 7, 2013

Fire on Nelson Road in St. Albans leaves couple without home, business

ST. ALBANS — A house fire Thursday morning has left a couple homeless and destroyed the business that they ran out of their home on Nelson Road.

July 24, 2013

Ex-Chelsea selectwoman received workers comp amid extortion and fraud charges

Carole Swan, the former Chelsea selectwoman facing federal extortion and tax fraud charges, had been receiving around $50,000 annually from federal workers compensation, according to documents obtained by the Kennebec Journal through a public records request.

February 7, 2013

Suspected Biddeford killer sued for at least $1 million Several photos included in this story

 The woman who survived two bullets – and saw her son and his girlfriend slain – says they were harassed for months.

February 7, 2013

Missing Scarborough teen found in Old Town

McAuley student Rachel Ann Wallace, reported missing Thursday morning, was located in Old Town Thursday afternoon.

February 7, 2013

Bowdoin asked to divest from fossil fuels

Environmental activists call on the college to stop investing in firms they say add to global warming.

February 7, 2013

Impending storm impacts local sporting events



February 7, 2013

Sens. Collins, King to question CIA nominee today

Maine’s two U.S. senators hold two of the 15 seats on the Senate committee that oversees the nation’s intelligence-gathering efforts.

February 7, 2013

Maine skills gap group launches tech website

Businesses say the lack of trained computer and technology professionals is a growing problem in Maine and nationwide.

February 7, 2013

Family homeless after Waterville fire destroys home Several photos included in this story

WATERVILLE -- A family was left homeless Thursday after fire destroyed their belongings and the 21/2-story wood frame home they were renting on Squire Street.

February 8, 2013

Forecaster says: 'It's going to be tough' Several photos included in this story

Mainers prepare for what could be the biggest snowstorm to hit parts of the state since 1979.

February 7, 2013

Coalition promotes Maine quality-of-life legislation

The initiative is designed to enhance the qualities for which Maine is known and support the economic and environmental health of the state.

February 7, 2013

Senate panel endorses Maine man for US judgeship

William Kayatta's nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals will now be sent to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.

February 7, 2013

Fairfield pickup collision injures two

FAIRFIELD — Two pickup trucks collided head-on in a 55 mph stretch of Skowhegan Road early this morning, sending the drivers of both vehicles to the hospital.

February 7, 2013

Somerset County police log

Thursday's police beat

February 7, 2013

'He could be anywhere' Several photos included in this story

A historic manhunt is launched to find a military-trained ex-cop accused of killing 3, but jittery police officers accidentally shoot at – and sometimes hit – innocent citizens.

February 7, 2013

Waterville Father-Daughter dance postponed

WATERVILLE -- The annual Father-Daughter Dance scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Waterville Junior High School has been postponed to March 1 because severe weather is expected Friday, according to organizers.

February 7, 2013

Iran airs images allegedly extracted from US drone Video clip included

Iran has long claimed it managed to reverse-engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel, seized in December 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace.

February 7, 2013

Jury 'hopelessly deadlocked,' Falmouth party parents settle case Several photos included in this story

Barry and Paula Spencer will pay restitution, do 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology.

February 7, 2013

Waterville police log, Feb. 6 and 7

Threatening, criminal mischief, noise

February 7, 2013

State reissues permit for Oxford Casino expansion

Casino developers want to expand the gambling facility, and add parking, restaurants, a spa, a pool, a conference center, an RV Park and a skating rink.

February 7, 2013

Is Baldacci getting in? He'll decide in spring Video clip included

The Democrat won't reveal what would lead him to run for governor – maybe to halt the 'negative outbursts.'

February 7, 2013

Massive tunnel project to expand NY transit hub Video clip included

But even with blasting and machinery grinding through bedrock day and night, most New Yorkers are blithely unaware of the work under way 160 feet below Manhattan.

February 7, 2013

Portland police seek bicycle-riding purse snatcher

Police say at least five times in the past month a bicyclist who appears to be out of control comes into contact with the victim, grabs her purse, and then pedals away.

February 7, 2013

Bath man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Authorities say 61-year-old Joseph Finocchiaro printed pornographic images from an Internet photo-sharing website and assembled them into collages.

February 7, 2013

Maine, Chinese schools form sister-school tie

Baxter Academy for Technology and Science will begin a long-term learning agreement with Lanxi No.1 High School in the Province of Zhejiang, China.

February 7, 2013

Maine woman gets 3 months in baby mauling case

Katrina Mitchell of Frankfort was also sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling.

February 7, 2013

Brits must have dogs fitted with microchips

 Many British pet owners already have veterinarians insert chips under the skin of dogs, cats and rabbits in a bid to keep track of their animals.

February 7, 2013

Outdoors lover nominated for Interior secretary post

Sally Jewell has earned recognition for her environmental stewardship at REI.