News from January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013

Wilton man charged after gunfire

FARMINGTON -- A Wilton man accused of firing a semiautomatic handgun during a recent dispute remained in jail Wednesday after his bail was set at $10,000.

January 2, 2013

Tax break wanted for plane buys, fixes in Maine

The LePage administration will seek a permanent sales tax exemption for people who buy airplanes or have them repaired in Maine.

January 2, 2013

Waterville's Bob-In gets permit, but must install security cameras

WATERVILLE -- City councilors voted 5-0 Wednesday night to renew a special amusement permit for the Bob-In, with a condition that the bar install security cameras on the outside of its building within six weeks.

January 2, 2013

Citing state subsidy cuts, SAD 74 freezes 2013-14 budget

ANSON -- School Administrative District 74's board of directors has approved a freeze of next year's budget because of state subsidy reductions announced by the Department of Education last month.

January 2, 2013

Acting police chief named in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD -- The second-ranking officer in the Fairfield Police Department was authorized to serve as acting chief Wednesday night, one week after police Chief John Emery went on an unexpected leave of absence.

January 2, 2013

Some say LePage administration meddling in tax dispute over former Naval air station

Officials in Brunswick say the LePage administration appears to be meddling in a tax dispute between the town and the agency redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

January 2, 2013

Kennebec Tales: Projects ground us in 2013

2013. Wow. If you're of a certain age, you're no doubt saying, "Where the hell's my jetpack?"

January 2, 2013

Even after fiscal deal, Mainers still face $1,000 tax bump

While Washington came to an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff and save most Americans from an income tax increase, lost in the discussion is the fact that the average Maine household still will pay almost $1,000 a year in additional taxes.

January 2, 2013

Judge to hear from woman whose home is targeted for demolition

 CHINA -- Judith Farris, the 70-year-old woman whose mobile home has been declared dangerous by town officials, will get a chance next week to tell a Superior Court judge why she should be able to stay at the Fire Road 60 property.

January 3, 2013

Patti Page, singing sensation, dies at 85 Video clip included

Page was the top-selling female singer of the 1950s with more than 100 million records sold.

January 2, 2013

Motions rejected in Kennebunk prostitution case

The trial of Mark Strong Sr., a key defendant in the Kennebunk investigation, is now set for Jan. 22.

January 2, 2013

Somerset County police log

Police beat, Jan. 2, 2013

January 2, 2013

Global financial markets rally after 'fiscal cliff' deal

Financial markets around the world started 2013 with hefty gains as investors welcomed Washington's last-minute deal not to go over the so-called "fiscal cliff."

January 2, 2013

Monmouth woman homeless after New Years Day fire

Fire that started around wood stove chimney damaged a home on Route 135 Monday.

January 2, 2013

Critics say grounding shows Arctic drilling dangers

The drilling ship was being towed to Seattle for maintenance when it went adrift and grounded on an island.

January 2, 2013

Woman rescued from Cadillac Mtn. in Acadia

A Florida woman had to be rescued from the top of Acadia's highest mountain early Tuesday morning.

January 2, 2013

Gun fire at Wilton trailer park leads to arrest

Responding to a 911 hangup call, police learned that a semiautomatic handgun had been fired during a dispute.

January 2, 2013

Many weddings as gay marriage becomes legal in Md.

The fight to legalize gay marriage in Maryland pitted the state's governor against leaders of his Catholic faith.

January 2, 2013

Domestic dispute sparked Mexico standoff

Two men were arrested after a Tuesday evening standoff.

January 2, 2013

Maine seeks input on lobster industry in public forums

There will be 16 public meetings this month from York to Machias. The first one is Wednesday in Boothbay Harbor.

January 2, 2013

After criticism, Boehner agrees to Sandy aid vote on Friday

The Republican leader's decision to cancel a vote Tuesday outraged lawmakers from New York, New Jersey and elsewhere, including many in his own party.

January 2, 2013

C.N. Brown enters electricticy market

The Maine heating oil company has been offering electricity to employees since the fall.

January 2, 2013

States have subsidized assault rifle makers to tune of $19M

Taxpayers across the country have subsidized the manufacturers of assault rifles used in multiple mass killings.