News from January 11, 2013

January 12, 2013

FBI data on background checks show brisk gun sales last month

 Firearms purchases spike in Maine and nationally after the Dec. 14 school tragedy revives debate about restrictions.

January 11, 2013

Benton Planning Board to consider major developments ordinance

BENTON -- Town leaders will meet Monday to discuss a proposed ordinance that would regulate large-scale development in the town among other items.

January 11, 2013

Somerset Superior Court, Dec. 3 - 14, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14, 2012, in Somerset Superior Court.

January 11, 2013

Bridge repairs to slow turnpike travel at exit 102 in West Gardiner

WEST GARDINER -- Motorists traveling south on the Maine Turnpike at night should prepare to wait for up to 25 minutes at exit 102 while bridge repairs take place next week.

January 11, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 11, 2013

IN ALBION, Friday at 12:02 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated at the Albion Library on Main Street.

January 11, 2013

FBI data confirms spike in gun sales following Newtown, Conn. massacre

Gun retailers across Maine and the nation expected interest in firearms to spike after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, and they were right.

January 14, 2013

Municipal officials: LePage forcing cities, schools to raise taxes Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Mayor William Stokes said cities and towns will be forced to raise property taxes if the Legislature approves Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to eliminate state revenue sharing payments for two years.

January 11, 2013

Rainy day fund raid, other stopgaps to close $112 million DHHS shortfall

AUGUSTA -- One-time fixes, including almost completely raiding the state's reserve fund, represent almost all of the LePage administration's proposed plan to close a $112 million current-year budget gap in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

January 11, 2013

Waterville residents organizing land trust

WATERVILLE -- The goal is to provide affordable homes for families with low and moderate incomes, improve neighborhoods and protect the historic nature of a community.

January 11, 2013

Inland Hospital recognized for obstetrics care by consumer group

WATERVILLE -- Lisa Smith chose to give birth at Inland Hospital partly because of the good things she heard about it from people she knows.

January 11, 2013

Man accused of Lawrence High School intrusion has history of violence, mental illness

FAIRFIELD -- The 48-year-old man charged with assaulting two hospital employees on the same day that police subdued him with a stun gun at Lawrence High School has a history of violence and mental illness.

January 11, 2013

Starks shooting victim still on mend, frustrated by case's slow progress

STARKS -- Kerry Hebert, shot by hunters on his property in October, is recovering from his wounds, but he is frustrated that the case itself isn't closer to resolution.

January 11, 2013

ON THE EDGE: The land of ice and snow

It's out there and it won't go away now. It will be there for Easter probably. It's cold stuff and wet and corroding and dangerous. Snowmobilers and skiers like it. Kids like it, and my snowplow man who works harder than I do and makes much more money, is happy to see it come.

January 11, 2013

Unidentified body found on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville

WATERVILLE — The body of an unidentified man was discovered Friday near an industrial complex. His death in under investigation, according to police.

January 12, 2013

LePage budget proposal: Blueprint or massive tax shift? Several photos included in this story

Gov. LePage’s $6.2 billion two-year budget proposal draws heavy fire from Democrats; the House GOP leader says it calls for ‘right-sized government.’

January 11, 2013

LePage speech foreshadows budget cuts

LePage says his proposal will include the elimination of 200 state jobs and $30 million worth of cuts from "lowest-value programs."

January 11, 2013

Judge approves exhumation of lottery winner's body

Urooj Khan's July 20 death was initially ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative asked authorities to look deeper, triggering more exams that led to the conclusion that the businessman was poisoned.

January 11, 2013

Police: Suspect in NYC murder, Augusta car theft nabbed in Ohio

Maine State Police received word of the arrest of Raymond Mayrant, 25, of New York City, early this afternoon.

January 11, 2013

Oxford Networks to cut 12 jobs

The jobs represent less than 10 percent of its work force of 134 employees.

January 11, 2013

Maine lobstermen subject of new HLN series

The new monthly series is called “American Journey” and will debut on Saturday at 8 p.m.

January 11, 2013

14 flu deaths reported in NH

The state's public health director says that's an unusually high number this early in the season.

January 11, 2013

Gasoline prices predicted to fall in 2013

Drivers' annual gas bills are expected to drop for the first time in four years.

January 11, 2013

Miss America contestant pursuing double mastectomy Video clip included

The 24-year-old Miss DC plans to undergo the procedure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.

January 11, 2013

Minnesota man was abducted from Indiana in 1994

Indiana State Police say the now 24-year-old man was found in Long Prairie, Minn., thanks in part to his Social Security number.

January 11, 2013

W.Va.'s Sen. Rockefeller won't seek re-election

Democrats, who hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate, will be defending 20 seats in next year's election while Republicans have 13 seats on the ballot.

January 11, 2013

Rangeley snowmobile festival to go on despite tragedy

The Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club will go ahead with its annual Snodeo, which attracts thousands and boosts the town's economy.

January 11, 2013

Top talent lined up for Obama's inaugural events



January 11, 2013

Obama, Karzai meeting to discuss ending Afghan war

The White House says the president would be open to pulling all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

January 11, 2013

Fire spurs FAA to launch review of Boeing 787 Video clip included

A fire ignited Monday in a battery pack of a Japan Airlines 787 empty of passengers as the plane sat on the tarmac at Boston's Logan International Airport.

January 11, 2013

High winds knock down Poland fire station addition

The collapse occurred Thursday morning, just as firefighters were returning from responding to a car crash.

January 11, 2013

Mass. yanks violent games from highway rest stops

The action comes after parents complained about the video games in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

January 11, 2013

U.S. attack submarine strikes vessel in Persian Gulf

The collision damaged one of The USS Jacksonville's periscopes, but did not injure anyone.

January 11, 2013

Northern Maine ski resort plans comeback

A nonprofit group says it's hoping to have the Big Squaw Mountain resort outside of Greenville open for the weekend of Jan. 19.

January 11, 2013

Flags fly at half-staff to honor Maine Guardsman

Lt. Col. Michael Backus, 44, died Monday while performing his duties at Camp Keyes in Augusta.

January 11, 2013

AARP warns of phone scam in Maine

The organization says it doesn't ask for personal banking information from its members, and urges Mainers to be aware of the scam.

January 11, 2013

Student tells teacher: 'I don't want to shoot you' Video clip included

 The teacher and another staffer then talk the armed teenager into putting down a shotgun and giving himself up.