News from January 18, 2013

January 18, 2013

Maine candidate for RNC chairman claims smear campaign against him

WASHINGTON -- A Maine representative to the Republican National Committee is accusing national party leaders of running a smear campaign to oust him from the committee, even as he wages his own longshot bid to become the national party's next chairman.

January 19, 2013

Alleged Save-A-Lot snack-cake swindlers iced by Waterville police

WATERVILLE -- A man and woman accused of shoplifting snack cakes from Save-A-Lot were chased down by police and arrested Thursday.

January 18, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 18, 2013

IN CANAAN, Thursday at 3:43 p.m., harassment was reported on Tobey Road.

January 18, 2013

With inaugural words, Obama looks to turn page on tumultuous first term

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been looking to historians for guidance on how to shape his second inaugural's words into a speech for the ages, eager to make good use of his twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to command the world's attention.

January 18, 2013

New Waterville cafe born from power of suggestion, and a great cannoli

WATERVILLE -- Maureen Kibler will tell you that the power of suggestion is a pretty good incentive in trying to convince someone to open a business.

January 18, 2013

ON THE EDGE: The holidays tree

It's still there. Through all of the rush and clamor, the fiscal plummet, Lance Armstrong's confession, the spilled wine and tears, it's still there.

January 18, 2013

Smokers confined to cars at University of Maine at Augusta

AUGUSTA -- George Speck had 20 minutes between classes at the University of Maine at Augusta, so he walked to his car in the rear of the parking lot, put his books in the back and sat in the driver's seat.

January 18, 2013

NYC cops taking teen drug dealer in Augusta back to big city

AUGUSTA -- A teenager found hiding under a bed in a Water Street apartment when police executed a search warrant has pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin.

January 18, 2013

Developer closes $2.5M deal for Augusta hospital property

Kevin Mattson, head of Augusta East Redevelopment Corp., closed a $2.5 million deal Friday to purchase MaineGeneral Medical Center’s East Chestnut Street building.

January 18, 2013

Man killed in single-vehicle crash in Franklin

The wreckage was discovered along Route 182 by a nearby resident this morning.

January 18, 2013

Madison family loses home to early morning Friday fire Several photos included in this story

The Madison fire chief says that despite subzero temperatures, the metal roof kept the fire “like an oven” inside the building.

January 18, 2013

Reports show Maine insurance rates among lowest

Maine's top insurance official says two reports show improvements in the state's national ranking for auto and homeowners rates.

January 18, 2013

Republican official: House to vote next week to lift debt limit

The measure would give the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected to hit as early as mid-February, No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia says.

January 18, 2013

Only 21 pythons killed so far in Fla. contest

Even experienced hunters with special permits to regularly stalk the exotic snake are having trouble finding them.

January 21, 2013

No plea deal for Kennebunk prostitution case defendant Several photos included in this story

And in a 'bittersweet' ruling, Daniel Lilley loses his bid to withdraw as Mark Strong's defense attorney. The trial starts Tuesday.

January 18, 2013

Man found dead in Waterville was fugitive

Richard Lawson, 58, was wanted by U.S. Marshals for failure to appear for trial in West Virginia. His death is not considered suspicious.

January 18, 2013

Source: Alicia Keys to sing Super Bowl anthem

The Grammy-winning R&B singer will perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

January 18, 2013

Maine's December unemployment rate little changed

The state had about 51,400 people unemployed, up 1,600 from a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

January 18, 2013

King hesitant on assault weapons ban

King says he still hasn't decided whether to back President Obama's call to ban new assault weapons.

January 18, 2013

Body of Chicago lottery winner exhumed for autopsy

Urooj Khan died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings.

January 18, 2013

Kennebunk prostitution case defendant Strong in plea talks

If the plea talks fall through, Mark Strong Sr. is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in York County Superior Court.

January 18, 2013

Republicans aim to change election laws

Officials want Electoral College votes to be divided proportionally, rather than giving them all to the winner of a state's popular vote, a move that could transform the way the country elects its president.

January 18, 2013

'Respectful' Brunswick High students will dance again

The event was canceled in 2009 because too many students were engaging in a sexually suggestive dance known as "grinding."

January 18, 2013

Japan probe suspects excess voltage in 787 battery

Photos of the lithium ion battery that was located beneath the 787's cockpit show a blackened mass of wires and other components within a distorted blue casing.

January 18, 2013

Maine jail worker fired over misuse of inmate funds

Washington County commissioners fire Sgt. Karina Richardson for allegedly using the funds to buy items for herself.

January 18, 2013

Mass. basketball coach fired for 'take out' order

The Amherst high school coach is accused of telling one of his players to push another team's coach.

January 18, 2013

Avalanche halts, injures Mount Washington climbers

A retired Marine and amputee is among those injured in the attempt to scale the mountain.

January 18, 2013

With Te'o silent, questions about hoax mount

Was he really duped, as he claims, or were he and the university complicit in the hoax and misled the public, perhaps to improve his chances of winning the Heisman?

January 18, 2013

Algeria: Nearly 100 of 132 foreign hostages freed

The militants, meanwhile, reportedly offered to trade two captive American workers for two terror figures jailed in the United States.

January 18, 2013

Christie attacks NRA ad on Obama daughters Video clip included

Chris Christie The New Jersey governor announces the creation of a task force to examine "violence control" measures in the wake of the shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.