News from January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013

Turnpike authority cancels night delays at Exit 102 in West Gardiner

The Maine Turnpike Authority has cancelled planned overnight traffic stoppages at Exit 102 in West Gardiner on Tuesday and Wednesday, but may resume delays starting Thursday, according to spokesman Dan Morin.

January 14, 2013

Augusta firefighters named deputy chief, lieutenant, battalion chiefs

AUGUSTA -- For the first time in nearly a half century, the city's Fire Department has a deputy chief.

January 15, 2013

Madison family of 6 homeless following Monday evening blaze

MADISON -- A family of six was left homeless Monday evening after a fire being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

January 14, 2013

Richmond police say second arrest likely in Brunswick Road store robbery

RICHMOND -- Local police said a second arrest is likely in connection with last week's break-in at a Brunswick Road store that resulted in the theft of more than $1,000 worth of alcohol and cigarettes.

January 14, 2013

Fayette special town meeting seeks $6,000 for aerial photos of town

FAYETTE -- Residents will get to weigh in on buying high-resolution photos of the town's topography at a special Town Meeting.

January 14, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 14, 2013

IN CAMBRIDGE, Sunday at 4:36 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Ripley Road.

January 14, 2013

Waterville District Court, Nov. 19-23, 2012

WATERVILLE -- The following cases were closed Nov. 19-23, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

January 14, 2013

Winslow Town Council tours police station, hears gas proposal

WINSLOW -- The Town Council took a brief tour of the newly improved police station before its regular meeting Monday. Later, the council tabled a resolution to extend the deadline for a continuing construction project within the Town Office and also listened to a presentation about a proposed pipeline from a representative Summit Natural Gas Inc.

January 14, 2013

Retired Skowhegan lawyer indicted on aggravated forgery charge

SKOWHEGAN -- A retired Skowhegan lawyer has been indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on charges that he passed counterfeit money at a Western Union wire-transfer outlet in August.

January 14, 2013

Vassalboro selectmen to consider $9,000 for new aerial photos of town

VASSALBORO -- Selectmen will vote Thursday on whether to spend $9,000 to get new aerial images of the town.

January 14, 2013

Autopsy still pending, identity still unknown of body found in Waterville on Friday

WATERVILLE -- Police still do not know the identity of a male whose body was discovered Friday off Kennedy Memorial Drive.

January 14, 2013

Waterville mayor urges state lodging tax hike over revenue-sharing cuts

WATERVILLE -- Mayor Karen Heck recommends the state raise its lodging tax rather than eliminate state revenue-sharing payments to communities for two years as recommended by Gov. Paul LePage.

January 14, 2013

MacTaggart promoted to Lohmann manager

WINSLOW -- Tammy MacTaggart was recently promoted to planning and purchasing manager at Lohmann Animal Health International.

January 14, 2013

Farmingdale entrepreneur to sell natural cleaning products at Hannaford supermarkets

FARMINGDALE -- Shoppers at several Maine Hannaford supermarkets will see an addition to the natural and organic sections this week: a line of natural cleaning products from a local entrepreneur and house cleaner.

January 14, 2013

Remote-control submarine to resume search for missing Rangeley Lake snowmobilers

RANGELEY -- The Maine Warden Service is planning to use a remotely operated underwater vehicle to continue the search for the three missing snowmobilers believed to have died in Rangeley Lake.

January 14, 2013

LePage's proposed budget includes income tax increase

Paul LePage Gov. Paul LePage's two-year budget makes no mention of a tax increase, but it will raise the tax bill of the average Mainer by $49 over the next two years.

January 14, 2013

Nurse practitioner joins Franklin Health Pediatrics

FARMINGTON -- Molly Clark recently joined Franklin Health Pediatrics as a nurse practitioner.

January 14, 2013

Physician's assistant joins Franklin Health Orthopaedics medical staff

FARMINGTON -- Sarah Dooley recently joined the medical staff of Franklin Health Orthopaedics and Franklin Memorial Hospital as a certified physician's assistant.

January 14, 2013

Watchful Augusta neighbor leads to arrest of 18-year-old on burglary, theft charges

AUGUSTA -- An 18-year-old Augusta man is behind bars on burglary and theft charges after an alert neighbor reported a stranger prowling around next door, police said.

January 14, 2013

Winslow deli renames 'Fonda' sandwich to recognize Vietnam dead

WINSLOW -- A turkey sandwich was the subject of a flap at a local eatery last month.

January 14, 2013

Labor mural unveiled at Augusta museum

Admirers of the 11-panel art work say its new location makes it more accessible to public.

January 14, 2013

Obama: Gun control plan to come within days

Despite opposition, the president's plan will likely include stronger background checks, a ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines.

January 14, 2013

Wardens planning to continue search for Rangeley Lake snowmobilers

The Maine Warden Service is planning to use an remotely operated underwater vehicle to continue the search for the three missing snowmobilers believed to have drowned in Rangeley Lake.

January 14, 2013

Portland hits 59 degrees, breaking record for date

Temperatures are expected to begin cooling to more seasonable temperatures over the course of the week.

January 15, 2013

Lawyer asks for more time in Kennebunk prostitution case

The attorney for Mark Strong, the alleged business partner of suspected prostitute Alexis Wright, wants to postpone the trial until at least Feb. 19.

January 15, 2013

Source: Armstrong tells Oprah he doped Video clip included

The cyclist confessed to Oprah Winfrey during a taped interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs to aid his historic career, a source says.

January 14, 2013

Minor earthquake reported in midcoast Maine

2.5-magnitude quake was not enough to cause damage, according to Maine Geological Survey.

January 15, 2013

Georgia company bids to buy closed Biddeford bakery

Hostess Brands' idle bakery in Biddeford could soon have a new owner.

January 14, 2013

Mercy, Eastern Maine hospital groups closer to merger

The two hospital groups will now seek state, federal and Vatican approvals.

January 15, 2013

Hayden guilty of double murder Several photos included in this story

 Up against testimony from his young son, jurors quickly convict Joel Hayden of killing his friend and girlfriend.

January 14, 2013

In Portland, a call to arms on gun limits

City, school and police leaders in Portland add their voices as a national group mobilizes local communities to join the debate.

January 15, 2013

LePage: Borrow $100 million for prison project

State officials say the project, which would demolish most of the prison's buildings, is needed because of badly outdated facilities.

January 14, 2013

Somerset County police logs, arrests

Monday's police beat

January 14, 2013

Obama demands quick action to raise debt limit

The president also said he will soon ask Congress to enact new gun legislation in the wake of the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn.

January 14, 2013

Waterville, Winslow police logs, Jan. 13 and 14

Assault, theft, fight

January 14, 2013

Toyota retakes global auto sales crown from GM

Both companies saw higher sales, but Toyota's growth was far larger as it rolled out new versions of popular models like the Camry.

January 14, 2013

Beijing warns residents after off-the-charts smog Several photos included in this story

Schools keep children from going outside and people are looking for face masks and air purifiers.

January 14, 2013

George H.W. Bush leaves Houston hospital

The nation's oldest living former president has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, including a week in intensive care.

January 14, 2013

Youngest 'Schindler's List' survivor dies at 83

Leon Leyson was nearly 10 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and lost two brothers during the Holocaust.

January 14, 2013

Woman formerly from Maine dies after arrest in Mass.

Foul play is not suspected in the death Sunday of 31-year-old Alyssa Brame.

January 14, 2013

Coca-Cola to address obesity for first time in TV ads Video clip included

The ad lays out Coca-Cola's record of providing drinks with fewer calories and says weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda.

January 14, 2013

N.H. crews working to raise sinking dinner cruise ship

The ship, which has been in service since 1980, takes visitors around Lake Sunapee from May through October.

January 14, 2013

4 arrested during brawl at Mass. baby shower

A police sergeant called the scene a "nightmare."

January 14, 2013

NRA says Congress will not pass weapons ban

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet today with House members to discuss ways to reduce gun violence.

January 14, 2013

NH case against 2 big oil companies gets under way

The state's lawyers say ExxonMobil and Citgo should pay more than $700 million in damages to monitor and clean up groundwater contamination caused by the gas additive MTBE.

January 14, 2013

Maine court to hear appeal in murder sentence

Eric Hamel is challenging the sentence he received after pleading guilty to two counts of murder in the 2009 shooting deaths of two men in Rumford.

January 14, 2013

Maine lobstermen in court for illegal lobsters

Officials say the men face potential fines of up to $190,000.

January 14, 2013

Newtown agonizes over school's fate

The Connecticut town faces a crossroads on what to do with the site of a monumental tragedy.

January 14, 2013

Obama: U.S. jets involved in failed French rescue mission

The announcement is a rare public acknowledgment of American combat operations in the Horn of Africa.