News from January 23, 2013

January 23, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 23, 2013

IN ATHENS, Tuesday at 1:46 p.m., a county deputy conducted a routine safety check at the elementary school.

January 23, 2013

Somerset Superior Court, Dec. 3 to 14, 2012

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

January 23, 2013

Report finds LePage's state budget would cost Oakland $335K

OAKLAND -- Gov. Paul LePage's proposed budget would cost the town about $335,000 in reduced revenue, according to a town report.

January 23, 2013

Medical call leads to cache of drugs in Coplin Plantation

COPLIN PLANTATION -- Maine state troopers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in a Coplin Plantation residence after responding to a medical call Tuesday.

January 23, 2013

Farmington selectmen table $1 million road work decision

FARMINGTON -- Selectmen decided to postpone a decision about how to fund a $1.1 million, five-year road paving plan until all members are present for the vote.

January 23, 2013

New Sharon man gets federal prison time for stolen firearm possession

BANGOR -- A New Sharon man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 27 months in prison for possessing 19 stolen firearms.

January 23, 2013

Norridgewock family faces homelessness after second fire in three years

NORRIDGEWOCK -- A family of four is facing homelessness after a fire that destroyed their mobile home earlier this month, the second fire the family has endured in three years.

January 23, 2013

Local game warden to be featured on 'North Woods Law'

Augusta native and Maine Game Warden Troy Thibodeau says he's not sure just what to expect when Animal Planet's "North Woods Law" returns -- especially since he's going to be a featured character in the reality TV show.

January 23, 2013

Pentagon to lift ban on women in combat

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013

MaineGeneral Health Board elects four new members Several photos included in this story

Four new members were elected recently to the MaineGeneral Health board of directors.

January 23, 2013

Bond rating agency gives Maine a downgrade

AUGUSTA -- A one-notch downgrade of Maine's bond rating by an agency should have minimal effect on the state's economy, but it made for political hay Wednesday at the State House.

January 23, 2013

Fire destroys mobile home in Benton Wednesday, leaves pair homeless

BENTON — Fire tore through a mobile home at 89 Unity Road Wednesday, destroying the home and leaving two people homeless.

January 23, 2013

Mt. Blue school board begins reviewing candidates for superintendent

FARMINGTON -- Mt. Blue Regional School District board members will begin reviewing applications for a new superintendent next week.

January 23, 2013

Maine man completes long two-week trek to Washington, D.C.

ME to DC run WASHINGTON -- The Inauguration Day crowd was long gone and the media's attention had turned elsewhere Monday night, when a runner crossed the dark, deserted plaza in front of the U.S. Capitol to end a punishing journey in the name of charity.

January 23, 2013

Navy to conduct random alcohol tests on sailors

The announcement is a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about alcohol abuse on the force.

January 23, 2013

Augusta councilors to consider tax break for old MaineGeneral hospital

AUGUSTA -- A proposed tax break to help redevelop the soon-to-be-former MaineGeneral Medical Center building on the city's east side goes to city councilors for discussion tonight.

January 23, 2013

Local legislators to focus on improving job market Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Five local lawmakers will serve on a new legislative committee designed to spark growth in the Maine economy.

January 23, 2013

New letter scam seeks corporate records information

AUGUSTA -- Letters asking for corporate directors' names, addresses and $125 from "Corporate Records Services" did not come from state Bureau of Corporations.

January 23, 2013

String of devastating blazes spurs home fire fears



January 23, 2013

Waterville police arrest man in counterfeit money case

WATERVILLE -- A Belgrade man with a long criminal record was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated forgery for allegedly printing and spending counterfeit money.

January 23, 2013

Skowhegan selectmen hear case to grow town's compost pile

SKOWHEGAN -- This is not your backyard compost pile.

January 23, 2013

New England power prices drop 23 percent

ISO New England said Wednesday that electricity prices are now at their lowest levels since 2003.

January 23, 2013

Reps. Michaud and Pingree split over debt ceiling vote

Maine's Mike Michaud votes in favor of the bill, while Chellie Pingree opposes it.

January 24, 2013

U.S. to end ban on females in combat Video clip included

The 'monumental' change, apparently urged by the Joint Chiefs themselves, comes after women showed their abilities in the Iraq and Afghan wars.

January 23, 2013

Vt. report finds no smart meter radiation danger

The report finds that the highest radio frequency field at just over three feet from a meter is 3.9 percent of the FCC's limit.

January 23, 2013

Maine-N.H. bridge stuck open, bitter cold may be to blame

A spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation said crews hoped to have the Sarah Mildred Long bridge return to operation between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

January 23, 2013

Back to work for Dill, the Democrat who lost to Sen. King

Cynthia Dill lands a job with a Portland law firm, Troubh Heisler.

January 23, 2013

Seau's family sues NFL over brain injuries

The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head.

January 23, 2013

US House passes debt limit extension

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the chamber would immediately move to advance the legislation to the White House.

January 24, 2013

Maine college system chief relieved to avoid cuts

The chancellor tells state legislators it's a sign that Gov. LePage values education, even in difficult times.

January 23, 2013

State: scam targets Maine corporations, including nonprofits

AUGUSTA — Letters asking for corporate directors’ names, addresses and $125 from “Corporate Records Services” apparently did not come from state Bureau of Corporations.

January 23, 2013

Environmentalists call for Portland to go tar sands-free

Mayor Michael Brennan joins environmentalists to support a proposed prohibition of the use of oil from tar sands in city buildings, vehicles and equipment.

January 23, 2013

Somerset County police log, arrests

Wednesday's police blotter

January 23, 2013

Offshore wind energy project faces critical vote

A Norwegian company wants to put four floating turbines off Boothbay Harbor, but a state agency must first agree to new financial terms.

January 24, 2013

Newspaper objects, but Kennebunk juror review still secret Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A jury may be seated by Thursday morning in the prostitution case, followed by opening arguments.

January 23, 2013

Unions suffer steep decline in membership

Teachers unions were among the hardest hit, with the ranks of public school teachers and educators falling sharply.

January 23, 2013

Augusta police release more photos of suspected pharmacy robber

Police on Wednesday released two additional photos of the man believed to have held up a Stone Street pharmacy.

January 23, 2013

New England shrimp-fishing season begins

Net fishermen this winter have a quota of 1.2 million pounds and can fish only two days a week.

January 23, 2013

Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya attack

Both emotional and combative, Clinton rejected Republican suggestions in two congressional hearings that the administration tried to mislead the country.

January 23, 2013

NH ski resort closes due to cold, wind chills

Wildcat Mountain says the weather creates unsafe conditions for guests and employees.

January 24, 2013

Coast Guardsman who vanished to be held during investigation

He's not under arrest, but his unauthorized disappearance for three months make him a flight risk, the Coast Guard says.

January 23, 2013

Members of Maine jobs panel to be announced

The committee's mission is to report out legislation to strengthen Maine's work force and help Maine's small businesses thrive.

January 23, 2013

New assessments are bad news for NE fishermen

The New England Fishery Management Council says possible cuts in catch limits include 61 percent for Georges Bank cod and 81 percent for Gulf of Maine cod.

January 23, 2013

Abortion decision to be marked in Maine

Maine groups on both sides of the issue will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with events in Augusta and D.C.

January 23, 2013

Maine bill would require all motorcyclists to wear helmets

Rep. Paulette Beaudoin's bill would restore a law that was repealed in the late 1970s.