News from January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013

Augusta prepares to reapportion voting wards

AUGUSTA -- The boundary lines separating the city's voting wards need to be redrawn, which would result in some voters moving to a new ward, without actually moving anywhere.

January 25, 2013

Lewiston man charged with Stone Street CVS robbery

AUGUSTA -- A 19-year-old Lewiston man has been arrested and charged with Tuesday's robbery of the CVS Pharmacy on Stone Street, police said.

January 24, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 24, 2013

IN ANSON, Thursday at 11:42 a.m., an animal complaint was reported on Horseback Road.

January 24, 2013

Burst water pipe sends customers fleeing at Wilton business

WILTON -- Customers inside Tractor Supply Co. escaped through a cascade of water into freezing outdoor temperatures after a pipe burst in the ceiling over the store's entrance Thursday, according to Fire Chief Sonny Dunham.

January 24, 2013

Man arrested in Wilton on sex charges

WILTON -- Police arrested a man Wednesday who is wanted on a warrant in Kentucky on 15 counts of sexual abuse.

January 24, 2013

Oakland library staff to shrink with head librarian's departure

OAKLAND -- The public library will be run with three people instead of the current four for at least the next year, beginning when head librarian Carol Cooley retires at the end of the month.

January 24, 2013

Warming shelters busy in deep freeze

NORRIDGEWOCK -- Having growing up in central Maine in the 1930s, Ed Weston remembers days when the temperature ranged between minus 50 and minus 32. He walked to school in it.

January 25, 2013

Leon Panetta lifts ban on women serving in combat

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in lifting a ban on women serving in combat, said women have become integral to the military's success and have shown they are willing to fight and die alongside their male counterparts.

January 25, 2013

Sappi Fine Paper opens its doors to tout its place in global market Several photos included in this story

SKOWHEGAN -- The largest maker of coated paper in North America hummed in the January chill.

January 24, 2013

Maine's top court orders public jury selection in Zumba prostitution case

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ordered the remainder of jury selection in the trial of Kennebunk prostitution defendant Mark Strong Sr. to be conducted in public.

January 25, 2013

US Senate bill to ban assault weapons unveiled

Dianne Feinstein Democrats acknowledge they face an uphill battle in getting the bill through Congress.

January 24, 2013

Local college students largely support women in combat

WATERVILLE -- Women soon will be able to serve in combat in the U.S. military, following a decision by the Pentagon to lift a rule that formerly restricted them from artillery, armor, infantry and other, similar roles. Students at two area colleges on Thursday said they mostly support the decision.

January 24, 2013

Cutler takes first step in possible second bid for governor

 AUGUSTA -- Independent Eliot Cutler, who lost a tight race to Republican Gov. Paul LePage in 2010, officially has taken the first step toward running for the Blaine House in 2014.

January 24, 2013

Benton couple set eyes on the future after losing home to fire

Newly homeless on a frigid morning, a Benton couple is trying to pick up the pieces after an electrical fire gutted their mobile home.

January 25, 2013

Area veterans hold females in combat to same standards as men Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Women should be allowed to serve in combat, as long as they can do it at the same level as their male peers, several local veterans said Thursday.

January 25, 2013

Judge rules former Monmouth selectwomen illegally copyrighted brand

A Superior Court judge has ruled that two former Monmouth selectwomen broke the law when they co-opted the business brands of two men with whom they reportedly were feuding.

January 24, 2013

Bill restricting pawn transactions intended to aid police investigations

AUGUSTA -- While out campaigning last summer, Rep. Lori Fowle came across a couple who had been robbed of family jewelry that was found later only after it had been melted down.

January 25, 2013

Update: Somerville man found dead after fire destroys his home Video clip included

SOMERVILLE -- The search was on Thursday night for 92-year-old Cecil Brann even as flames from his residence on Crummett Mountain Road lit the darkness.

January 24, 2013

Rhode Island House approves gay marriage

The bill now goes to the Senate. Rhode Island is currently the only state in New England that doesn't allow same-sex couples to wed.

January 24, 2013

Waterville police log, Jan. 23 and 24

Counterfeit money, shoplifter, theft

January 24, 2013

Tom's of Maine to move R&D team to N.J. Several photos included in this story

The shift will result in the elimination of seven positions in Maine, says a company spokeswoman.

January 24, 2013

Man arrested in Augusta CVS pharmacy robbery Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA — A 19-year-old Auburn man has been arrested and charged with Tuesday’s robbery of the CVS Pharmacy on Stone Street, police said. The suspect, Anthony Post, was located in Augusta and turned over to the FBI.

January 24, 2013

Maine Secretary of State picks new small business advocate

Peggy Schaffer, formerly of economic development department, will replace Jay Martin

January 24, 2013

Pedro Martinez returning to Red Sox as GM assistant

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star is "thrilled to be returning to this organization and to the city I love."

January 24, 2013

BPA ban approved for Maine food packages

A state board votes to bar the chemical from baby products' containers. The Legislature has the final say.

January 24, 2013

Senate panel to investigate 'Jamaican lottery' scam

The scam is among a variety of Jamaica-based telephone scams that have victimized senior citizens in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

January 24, 2013

Sen. Collins widely backed by voters, poll shows

At least 60 percent of Maine independents, Republicans and even Democrats approve.

January 24, 2013

Maine man guilty of stealing VA benefits

Prosecutors say Richard Ramsdell Jr. of Cutler obtained more than $200,000 in benefits by falsely claiming to be unemployed and unable to work because of his back and mental condition.

January 25, 2013

Pioneering Maine wind project passes 'biggest hurdle' Video clip included

The utilities agency OKs contract terms for a $120 million floating turbine test off Maine, but one member laments the risk to ratepayers.

January 24, 2013

Ex-Coast Guardsman sentenced for hoax call in Maine

Shane Coxon, 24, was stationed at the Coast Guard base in South Portland in 2010 when he reported a flare sighting off of Old Orchard Beach.

January 24, 2013

Police: Mass. man caught twice in an hour driving without a license

AUGUSTA — A Massachusetts man has been charged after a Maine State Police trooper reportedly caught him driving without a license twice in one day.

January 24, 2013

Rhode Island House to vote on gay marriage

Supporters and opponents of the bill expect it to easily pass the House, which is led by House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay.

January 24, 2013

Calif. district issues high-powered rifles to school police Video clip included

The Fontana Unified School District officers keep the rifles in a safe at their assigned school or secured in their patrol car each day.

January 24, 2013

Zumba judge: Won't reconsider decision to exclude media

Justice Nancy Mills spoke from the bench briefly Thursday morning after an attorney for the Portland Press Herald appeared to argue that the jury selection process should be opened.

January 25, 2013

Maine-N.H. bridge still stuck, snarling traffic and business

 The Route 1 Bypass bridge between Kittery and Portsmouth could reopen Friday, but the timetable is uncertain.

January 24, 2013

Federal Trade Commission holds forums on avoiding fraud

The forums will cover Medicare fraud, identity theft and telemarketing, charities and fundraising, credit and loan offers, sweepstakes and lotteries, club membership offers and robocalls.

January 24, 2013

Flooded and frozen: Cold torments Sandy survivors

In a damaged neighborhood near the beach on New York City's Staten Island, people who haven't had heat since the late October storm took refuge in tents set up by aid workers.

January 24, 2013

NM teen spent time at church after slayings

Several people spotted 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego at the church throughout the day, thinking nothing of it until his arrest.

January 24, 2013

Early-morning fire in Paris sends 3 to hospital

Fire Chief Brad Frost says it took about an hour for firefighters from several departments to get the blaze under control.

January 24, 2013

Missouri man, 93, charged with killing wife, 95

A daughter of the couple found the woman bleeding on a bed and the man lying in a recliner with knife in his hand.

January 24, 2013

Maine conference focuses on commercial real estate

George Gervais, the state's commissioner of Economic and Community Development, will discuss what lies ahead for the state's economy.

January 24, 2013

Women smoking – and dying – like men

 The lung cancer risk for men leveled off in the 1980s, but for women it still is increasing.