News from January 17, 2013

January 17, 2013

Somerset County Superior Court, Dec. 3-14, 2012

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

January 17, 2013

New faces, same goals for Fairfield Town Council

FAIRFIELD -- The Town Council has undergone a significant membership change over the past year, but its goals will remain the same.

January 17, 2013

Augusta City Council passes limits on sex offender residency

AUGUSTA — City councilors unanimously approved a ban on sex offenders living within 750 feet of schools and municipal property such as parks where children are the primary users Thursday.

January 17, 2013

Morning Sentinel police log, Jan. 17, 2013

WATERVILLE — Police arrested a man and woman accused of shoplifting after a foot chase Thursday.

January 17, 2013

Oakland Town Council posts first meeting video on web

OAKLAND -- The town's first attempt at posting a council meeting on the Internet seems to be successful, Town Manager Peter Nielsen said.

January 17, 2013

Elk, bear, boar on menu at Skowhegan community dinner Friday

SKOWHEGAN -- Elk stew, partridge lo mein, bear meat jambalya and wild boar sliders are just a few of the items on the menu Friday at a community dinner celebrating Maine's hunting tradition.

January 17, 2013

Maine House speaker aims to ensure welfare clients are ready to work

AUGUSTA -- House Speaker Mark Eves announced Thursday that he has submitted his first major legislative initiative, a bill designed to ensure that welfare recipients are ready for the workforce.

January 17, 2013

State takes first steps in banning BPA from baby food packaging

AUGUSTA -- The Board of Environmental Protection took a preliminary vote Thursday to ban the sale of baby food and infant formula in containers made with the chemical additive bisphenol-A, or BPA. If approved in a final vote and later endorsed by the Legislature, the initiative would make Maine the third U.S. state to impose BPA bans that exceed federal standards.

January 17, 2013

Vassalboro selectmen OK $9,000 for aerial images

VASSALBORO -- Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday night to spend $9,000 to update aerial images used by town planners, assessors and the public.

January 17, 2013

Kennebec Journal local news briefs, Jan. 17, 2013

AUGUSTA -- The Maine Education Association will hold a public hearing about proposed teacher evaluation rules from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Cross Office Building, Room 103, 111 Sewall St.

January 17, 2013

Monmouth voters to decide on tax incentive plan aimed at spurring business

MONMOUTH -- A proposal by selectmen to spur business creation through a tax incentive plan met with little resistance at Wednesday's public hearing.

January 17, 2013

Sheriffs to lawmakers: Target mental health, not gun supply

AUGUSTA -- If lawmakers want to curb gun violence, they must begin not with laws aimed at limiting the use of weapons, but with the state of mind of the people who use them.

January 17, 2013

Cameron expected to plead guilty to fleeing charge

A federal judge on Thursday agreed to postpone a Feb. 5 court date so the state's former top drug prosecutor can plead guilty to fleeing Maine after learning most of his convictions on child pornography charges had been upheld.

January 17, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, Dec. 10-14, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 10-14, 2012 in Skowhegan District Court.

January 17, 2013

Waterville man dies from Palermo crash injuries, second man in serious condition

A Waterville man pinned inside a Jeep after a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer early Wednesday in Palermo died later that night at the hospital, according to Maine State Police.

January 17, 2013

Skowhegan seeks to limit number, size of roadside signs

SKOWHEGAN -- Signs celebrating the high school's state championship field hockey team, the county's maple syrup and the world's best ice cream are displayed coming into town from U.S. Route 2 and U.S. Route 201.

January 17, 2013

Maine flu epidemic unrelenting

Number of cases already 12 times greater than last year's

January 17, 2013

Maine House GOP won't back high-income tax hike

AUGUSTA -- Sen. Tom Saviello's bill calling for increasing Maine's tax on annual earned income of more than $250,000 a year will go forward, but without assistance from his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives.

January 17, 2013

'Downton Abbey' or Patriots? Hotline set up for Maine viewers

 Maine Public Broadcasting hopes viewers can avoid drama when their hit TV show airs against the Patriots' AFC title game on Sunday.

January 17, 2013

Ex-Cardinal fullback says he met Te'o's girlfriend

Although Notre Dame and T'eo say the woman doesn't exist, Reagan Maui'a insists he met her and her family, and can describe her in detail.

January 17, 2013

Maine revenues for December fall short of estimates

But a state official says revenues for the first half of this fiscal year are above budget estimates.

January 17, 2013

Papermaking exec named president of Great Northern

Ned Dwyer takes over responsibility for day-to-day management and long-term business growth at the East Millinocket company.

January 17, 2013

King: No strong reason to oppose Hagel

If confirmed, Hagel would be the first Vietnam veteran and enlisted man to serve as the secretary of defense.

January 17, 2013

Waterville police log, Jan. 16 and 17

Trespass, threatening, shoplifting

January 17, 2013

Court rejects appeal by Brunswick teen killer

Olland Reese was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning to death a 16-year-old with the blunt end of a hatchet.

January 17, 2013

Original 'Dear Abby' columnist dies at 94

Pauline Phillips' love column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister.

January 17, 2013

Schilling's bloody sock going up for auction

 The sock has been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It's expected to bring in at least $100,000.

January 17, 2013

IOC strips Armstrong of Olympic bronze

Two months after winning his second Tour de France title in 2000, Armstrong took the bronze in Sydney in the men's individual road time trials.

January 17, 2013

Live camera shows Maine seals in natural habitat

The camera on Seal Island is mounted on a tower and provides a view of seals that migrate to the island to give birth.

January 17, 2013

Red Sox sign Saltalamacchia to 1-year, $4.5M contract

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs last season.

January 17, 2013

Maine board backs ban on BPA in baby-food packaging

If adopted by the Legislature, Maine would be the third state to impose BPA bans that exceed federal standards.

January 17, 2013

Dartmouth ending Advanced Placement credit

The college has concluded the tests aren't as rigorous as its own classes.

January 17, 2013

NRA chief says group accepts background checks

Association president David Keene says more attention should be paid to the "devastatingly broken mental health system in this country."

January 17, 2013

No Republican sponsor for House bill repealing tax cut for wealthy

The proposal by Sen. Thomas Saviello, R-Wilton, will go forward in the House, but no Republican takers yet.

January 17, 2013

Judge postpones hearing for ex-fugitive Cameron

A federal judge has agreed to postpone a Feb. 5 court date for the state’s former top drug prosecutor who fled the state after a court upheld most of his convictions on child pornography charges.

January 17, 2013

Slippery roads send several to central Maine hospitals

Not a lot of snow fell across the region Wednesday, but traffic accidents on the slick roads injured several people, including three involved in a school bus accident in Skowhegan.

January 17, 2013

Maine Speaker proposes job training for welfare recipients

Mark Eves' proposal will test his ability to gather support from Republicans.

January 17, 2013

Official: Battery in 787 swollen from overheating

Safety inspectors found burn marks around the battery, and battery liquid leaked through the electrical room floor to the outside of the aircraft.

January 17, 2013

Maine plates popular, but illegal, in Delaware

Thousands of people are registering boat and farm trailers with Maine to avoid Delaware's higher fees.

January 17, 2013

Vt. gun range bans Burlington police after vote

Police Chief Michael Schirling said the city's exclusion from the range likely would affect how and when officers train with firearms.

January 17, 2013

All wall panels to be removed from Boston tunnel

The state highway administrator says it would cost just as much, if not more, to test the panels as it would to take them down.

January 17, 2013

Algeria: Army rescues hostages, but death toll unclear

Algerian television said Thursday four captives, two Britons and two Filipinos, had died. But the militants said at least 35 hostages were killed.

January 17, 2013

Fatal Bangor stabbing ruled self-defense

Police say 34-year-old Jeffrey Leblanc was stabbed once in the abdomen at a city home in the early morning hours of Dec. 29.

January 17, 2013

Report: Washington County jail workers used inmate funds

Money intended to benefit inmates was instead used to purchase personal items for employees.

January 17, 2013

Space station to get $18 million inflatable room

If the module proves durable at the space station, it could open the door to habitats on the moon and missions to Mars.

January 17, 2013

Citgo to be dropped from NH suit on gas additive

The judge grants a motion from the state and Citgo to remove the company from the case provided the two sides reach an agreement by Feb. 15.

January 17, 2013

Schools group says LePage budget will shift $27M

The Maine School Management Association says the tax shift would be shouldered by local property owners.

January 17, 2013

Americans give thumbs up to performance of president

The number seeing him as a "strong leader" is sharply higher, and a clear majority again sees him as empathetic with the problems they face.

January 17, 2013

FAA grounds Boeing's Dreamliner over safety concerns

Battery problems have led to at least one on-board fire, and the 787's integrity is under review.