News from January 25, 2013

January 25, 2013

Alleged Augusta pharmacy robber turned in by his mother

AUGUSTA — The 19-year-old accused of robbing a pharmacy in Augusta this week was turned in by his mother after she recognized him in surveillance photos taken at another pharmacy the teen had intended to rob before losing his nerve.

January 25, 2013

Obama presses liberal agenda as he starts 2nd term

From gun control to gay and women's rights, President Obama's second-term agenda is shaping up as an unabashedly liberal wish list.

January 25, 2013

Litchfield man gets six months behind bars for drug, obstruction convictions

AUGUSTA -- A Litchfield man was sentenced Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court to three years in jail with all but six months suspended and two years of probation after pleading guilty to four charges.

January 25, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 25, 2013

IN ANSON, Thursday at 9:53 a.m., a chimney fire was extinguished on Smith Road.

January 25, 2013

Maine libertarian fails in bid to lead Republican National Committee

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee easily won a second term Friday after the only declared challenger -- a party activist from Maine -- failed to garner enough support to qualify for the election.

January 25, 2013

Augusta pharmacy robbers to face federal prosecution

AUGUSTA -- It's the new normal for pharmacy robberies in Maine's capital city: Suspects will be hunted by both Augusta police and the FBI and will face federal prosecution.

January 25, 2013

Winslow man indicted on murder charge in December shooting outside Waterville pub

AUGUSTA -- A Winslow man on Friday was indicted on a murder charge in connection with last month's shooting death outside a Waterville pub.

January 26, 2013

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce awards banquent honors local businesses, owners Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out awards to local businesses and their owners at its annual awards banquet Friday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

January 25, 2013

Self-inflicted wound suspected in case of Chelsea man found dead on rail trail in Hallowell

HALLOWELL — A local man was found dead Friday on the Kennebec River Rail Trail, the victim of an apparent gunshot wound.

January 25, 2013

State foster care agency seeks $4.2 million in additional, emergency funding

AUGUSTA -- Fallout from Maine's substance abuse problems is blamed largely for an uptick in children in Maine's state-funded foster care program, leading the state to request $4.2 million in emergency funding.

January 25, 2013

Seattle man returned to Maine for trial on 1976 murder charge Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- A homeless Seattle man accused of killing of Augusta woman more than 30 years ago has returned to Maine.

January 25, 2013

My life with guns

When I was 22 years old, I killed a cop. I was serving in the Air Force in San Francisco, and I stood no more than six feet away from him, and I shot him four times and he fell, but not before my ears started ringing and kept ringing for three hours.

January 25, 2013

Missing snowmobilers' friends, families join hands with locals at Rangeley Snodeo vigil Several photos included in this story

RANGELEY -- Friends and relatives of missing snowmobilers huddled together with Rangeley community members Friday evening for a vigil geared toward beginning the healing process and preventing further tragedy.

January 25, 2013

Waterville comprehensive plan meeting set for Monday

WATERVILLE — Residents wanting to help set the course for the city over the next 10 years are invited to attend a meeting Monday to discuss the city's comprehensive plan.

January 25, 2013

Stuck Maine-NH bridge could reopen Saturday

 But officials won't know if the Sarah Long Bridge lift mechanism is fixed until they try to raise the span.

January 25, 2013

Stephen King calls for 'reasonable' gun reforms

Stephen King The Maine author, a gun owner, releases a nonfiction, digital-only essay that endorses 'reasonable measures to curb gun violence.'

January 25, 2013

Priebus re-elected Republican national chairman

Despite the party's struggles in last fall's presidential election, Reince Priebus was widely praised for improving the RNC's finances.

January 25, 2013

Somerset County police logs, arrest

Friday's police reports

January 26, 2013

Feds: Everyone deserves a chance to play Several photos included in this story

 Despite the federal directive, Maine schools are already getting kids with disabilities to be part of the team.

January 25, 2013

Family dog saves Newport family from Friday fire that destroyed home

NEWPORT -- A chocolate Labrador retriever named Ben saved his owners from their burning home on Elm Street early Friday morning.

January 25, 2013

Exxon surpasses Apple as world's most valuable company

Apple's earnings suggest that its fast growth phase, rare for a company of its size, may be coming to an end.

January 25, 2013

Mount Vernon fire leaves family homeless Thursday evening Several photos included in this story

MOUNT VERNON — A family is homeless but uninjured after their Poplar Point home caught on fire Thursday night.

January 25, 2013

Obama picks foreign policy aide as chief of staff Video clip included

Denis McDonough, 43, will take over the key West Wing role from Jack Lew, Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary.

January 25, 2013

Former CIA officer gets 2½ years for leaks

John Kiriakou pleaded guilty last year to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. No one had been convicted under the law in 27 years.

January 25, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Women in the military through the years



January 25, 2013

Fatal Somerville fire rekindles twice on Friday

SOMERVILLE -- A fire that killed a homeowner here Thursday rekindled twice the following morning, leaving firefighters to battle it with equipment that once again froze in the cold.

January 26, 2013

Prostitution trial judge dismisses 46 of 59 counts Video clip included

Prosecutors immediately appeal the decision by Justice Nancy Mills, and the trial against defendant Mark Strong Sr. in the Kennebunk case grinds to a halt.

January 25, 2013

1st woman to lead in combat 'thrilled' with change

The end of the ban on women in combat comes more than 23 years after U.S. Army Capt. Linda L. Bray made national news and stoked intense controversy after her actions in Panama were praised as heroic.

January 25, 2013

Ellsworth man arrested after drug raid at home

Agents seize more than 330 retail bags of heroin, $2,100 in cash and two handguns, one of which was loaded.

January 25, 2013

Maine distiller closing, moving to Kentucky

Production at the former White Rock Distilleries in Lewiston will gradually be phased out over the next year and operations moved to Frankfort, Ky.

January 25, 2013

Maine Army National Guard troops returning home

Members of the 126th Aviation are expected to arrive Friday afternoon following a deployment to Kuwait.

January 25, 2013

New health care law could hit smokers' wallets

Insurers won't be allowed to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions like a bad back, acne or asthma, but they can charge smokers significantly more.