News from January 16, 2013

January 16, 2013

Morning Sentinel police log, Jan. 16, 2012

IN ALBION, Tuesday, at 9:53 p.m., harassment was reported on Benton Road.

January 17, 2013

Fairfield council votes to cap music fund spending

FAIRFIELD -- By a 3-2 vote, the Town Council voted to limit the amount of money it will give this year to a local school music program from a fund created for that purpose.

January 16, 2013

Local dialogue on guns moves to next level

WATERVILLE -- A day after President Barack Obama presented his proposals for toughening gun laws, communities around the nation are meeting to talk about stricter controls, while some gun owners are saying the conversation is shortsighted.

January 16, 2013

Madison to raze aging junior high school

MADISON -- The town is moving forward with its plan to demolish the old junior high school building on Main Street.

January 16, 2013

Waterville seeks trade zone designation for airport area

WATERVILLE -- The city expects to learn by April whether it will get foreign trade zone status at and around its airport.

January 16, 2013

SAD 49 weighing beefed up security

FAIRFIELD -- The school district is considering additional security measures, including more security cameras and panic buttons, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

January 16, 2013

Liquor official, LePage out of synch

The state's top liquor official on Wednesday contradicted statements made by Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday in which the governor said the state planned to take back management of state liquor sales, while bidding out a contract to a private company to handle only distribution.

January 16, 2013

Area reactions mixed to Obama's gun-violence proposals

John Hallett of Fayette, a National Rifle Association-certified training instructor, said Wednesday that proposing a ban or restriction on one type of gun is similar to banning all red cars because a lot of people die in car accidents every year.

January 17, 2013

Augusta man faces new sex charges

AUGUSTA -- A man who spent almost 15 years in prison for gross sexual assault now is charged with possessing sexually explicit materials of young children.

January 16, 2013

Saviello supports tax raise on wealthy

AUGUSTA -- Republican state senator Tom Saviello, of Wilton, wants to raise the state's tax on earned income of more than $250,000, but he'll probably face opposition from heavy hitters in his party, including Gov. Paul LePage.

January 16, 2013

Helpers wanted for China family forced to move

CHINA -- A local woman is organizing an effort Saturday morning to help a family that is being forced to move from its home because town officials have deemed the property dangerous.

January 16, 2013

Kennebec Tales: Labor mural now truly belongs to the kickees

The infamous labor mural is now in a much better place, and the people are better off.

January 16, 2013

Bond Street bidder sees potential in historic home

AUGUSTA -- Larry Fleury, the only bidder to make an offer for the historic but run-down former millworker house at 25 Bond St., sees a future in its history.

January 17, 2013

Maine delegation hesitant to back Obama's gun plan

Their responses range from seeing the plan as a starting point to not taking a stand on any of it.

January 16, 2013

Saco man charged with heroin trafficking

Police seize heroin pre-packaged for sale in 18 individual baggies.

January 16, 2013

Mainers split over Obama's gun proposals

The response in Maine was predictably mixed, reflecting the nearly impossible task awaiting the administration.

January 16, 2013

Obama's 23-point plan for curbing gun violence



January 16, 2013

Lewiston man who stole guns in Falmouth pleads guilty



January 16, 2013

White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly Video clip included

The video calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed Secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while not endorsing armed guards in all schools.

January 16, 2013

Obama unveils gun plan, concedes tough fight ahead Video clip included

The package includes closing loopholes in the gun-sale background-check system, and banning high-capacity ammo magazines and assault weapons.

January 16, 2013

UPDATE: Three injured in morning crash

Woman ejected on impact

January 17, 2013

Report: Maine grads more ready for college than others

Data shows less of a need for remedial work, adding a new debate point on school quality.

January 16, 2013

Waterville police log, Jan. 15 and 16

Theft, intoxicated person, fight

January 16, 2013

Two hurt in Litchfield crash on slippery road Several photos included in this story

LITCHFIELD — Two people were injured in a crash between a tractor-trailer and a car about 7:15 a.m. today on Route 197 near Huntington Hill Road, one of a series of crashes driven by slippery roads in central Maine.

January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary Salazar leaving Obama administration

Salazar pushed renewable power such as solar and wind, but gained the most attention for his role in the offshore drilling moratorium following the BP oil spill.

January 16, 2013

2 dead, 13 hurt after helicopter crashes in London Video clip included

The helicopter crashed in misty weather just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and close to the headquarters of spy agency MI6.

January 16, 2013

Fryeburg man gets 4 years for stealing guitars

A Paris homeowner surprised a man and a woman leaving his home with jewelry. They escaped but were later identified as Zachary Jackson and Tiffany Loring.

January 16, 2013

NH flu-related deaths increase to 16



January 16, 2013

Camden official cleared of charges in impersonation case

Brian Hodges says he was confident he would be cleared and is looking forward to focusing on his job as Camden's economic development director.

January 16, 2013

EPA backed off emergency order after gas driller's protest

The EPA had scientific evidence against the Texas driller but changed course after the company threatened not to cooperate with a national study into "fracking."

January 16, 2013

ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

Emergency physicians say they've seen a clear uptick in patients suffering from irregular heartbeats, anxiety and heart attacks who said they had recently downed an energy drink.

January 16, 2013

Grounding of 787s intensifies scrutiny of batteries Video clip included

A cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin of a All Nippon Airways domestic flight on Wednesday.

January 16, 2013

Obama to unveil gun violence measures today

The White House event will bring together law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

January 16, 2013

Yarmouth man named head of Maine Huts and Trails

Charlie Woodworth, an avid outdoorsman, is relocating to Kingfield to head the organization.

January 17, 2013

Proposed cuts worry Maine Clean Election advocates

'Welfare to politicians' is not a priority for the governor, says his spokeswoman.

January 16, 2013

Maine online vehicle registration expands

Through Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day.

January 16, 2013

'Mother of all gun shows' a big draw for firearms trade

 A convention hall in Las Vegas offers 12.5 miles of more than 1,000 exhibits of weapons and gear.

January 16, 2013

How big is LePage's tax bite?

A municipal group estimates all of his new budget initiatives would cost towns and cities $420 million.