News from January 27, 2013

January 27, 2013

Zumba prostitution trial on hold, awaits ruling on prosecution appeal

PORTLAND -- The derailed trial of Mark Strong Sr., the first major courtroom showdown in the Kennebunk prostitution scandal since it broke last year, remained off the tracks Sunday with no clear answer on what's next.

January 27, 2013

Maine lawmakers, ACLU pushing for privacy protection

AUGUSTA - The explosion of social media and the shadowy specter of snoopy domestic drones both have civil libertarians and some legislators worried about threats to Mainers' privacy.

January 27, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, Jan. 1-4, 2013

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Jan. 1-4, 2013 in Skowhegan District Court.

January 27, 2013

Augusta District Court, Jan. 17-23, 2013

AUGUSTA -- The following is a list of cases closed Jan. 17-23, 2013, in Augusta District Court:

January 27, 2013

Teacher, retired auto dealer seek Benton selectmen spot

BENTON -- A teacher and a former auto dealer are competing to become the newest member of the Benton Board of Selectmen.

January 29, 2013

Owner of KMD Plaza building second retail location on Kennedy Memorial Drive

WATERVILLE -- The owner of KMD Plaza on the south side of Kennedy Memorial Drive is developing a similar plaza on the north side.

January 27, 2013

State House calendar, Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2013

Tuesday, 1 p.m., public hearings, Cross Building:

January 27, 2013

Costa Rica students enjoy Farmington snow, chance to immerse themselves in English

FARMINGTON -- While locals may be tired of the frigid weather, a group of visiting Costa Rican students have been loving their first snow while on an exchange program with Mt. Blue High School.

January 27, 2013

Autistic students coming home to Winthrop Grade School

WINTHROP -- Winthrop students attending an autism program in Wayne will be brought home to Winthrop Grade School.

January 27, 2013

Two businesses, two similar names, too much confusion add up to huge hassle for Waterville business

WATERVILLE -- When it comes to naming a business, there's not much difference between "to" and "2."

January 27, 2013

Begging, borrowing and stealing: Librarians go to extremes to hook book crooks

OAKLAND -- Whether it's tracking down delinquent witches, guiding a small child through feelings of guilt, or calling the police on a book thief, getting people to return their library books is a challenge for local librarians.

January 27, 2013

Court construction project's neighbors endure noise, shaking with good humor

AUGUSTA -- The front porch of the apartment building at 32 Court St. offers a great view of the construction site of a new courthouse bordered by Winthrop, Perham and Court streets.

January 27, 2013

'America's Last Frontier' knows something about frigid temperatures

When you think you've got it bad, there's always someone who has it worse.

January 27, 2013

Future of agriculture in Maine strong, if challenges are met, UMA panel says

AUGUSTA -- Maine's abundant land, growing conditions and location in the Northeast make the state well-positioned for growth in agriculture, said John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust.

January 28, 2013

Sheriff's office continues search for Farmingdale Circle K robber Several photos included in this story

FARMINGDALE — Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers are searching for a woman who robbed the Circle K convenience store at gunpoint Sunday night.

January 27, 2013

Waterville District Court, Dec. 3 - 14, 2012

WATERVILLE -- The following cases, listed alphabetically L-Z, were closed from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

January 27, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, in Skowhegan District Court.

January 27, 2013

Morning Sentinel police log, Jan. 27, 2013

IN FAIRFIELD, Saturday at 12:04 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on High Street.

January 27, 2013

Celtics win in 2 OTs, end six-game skid

Paul Pierce hits the winner with 31 seconds left as Boston beats Miami in 2 OTs, 100-98.

January 27, 2013

Celtics beat Heat but lose Rondo

The thrill of a double-OT victory fades after Boston learns that Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season.

January 27, 2013

Motorist dies in Jonesport crash

Police say the 56-year-old man was speeding, lost control and began to skid. The car crossed the center line and hit a truck traveling in the other direction.

January 27, 2013

Gaziano winners Begin, Massey each held the line Several photos included in this story

 Both players are honored for excelling in the football trenches and classrooms.

January 27, 2013

Snowmobiler rescued from St. John River

A St. Francis man hit unstable ice and became submerged in the water.

January 27, 2013

Holocaust items put on display for remembrance day

Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum showcases dozens of items, each representing tales of perseverance and survival.

January 27, 2013

Guild gold: Actors gather for SAG's big night

The Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night will help establish clear favorites for the Oscars.

January 27, 2013

Harbaugh parents could become Super Bowl TV stars

The cameras will sure be focusing on the parents of the Super Bowl coaches for reactions during next Sunday's game.

January 28, 2013

Club fire in Brazil kills more than 230

Witnesses say flares linked to a musical performance started the blaze. It appears the club had only one exit.

January 27, 2013

State Park reservations to open this week

On Friday reservations will be accepted only for Sebago Lake State Park, then on Feb. 4 reservations can be made for all state park campgrounds.

January 27, 2013

LePage to launch jobs campaign

The governor is trying to attract more of Maine's young people and job seekers to careers in technology and manufacturing.

January 27, 2013

Delays possible on turnpike in Lewiston Monday

Intermittent delays in the south and north bound lanes are possible Monday morning.

January 27, 2013

Djokovic wins third straight Australian title

Novak Djokovic is the first man in the Open era to win three straight Australian titles, beating Andy Murray 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2.

January 27, 2013

Drug returns program threatened by DEA rule changes

AUGUSTA -- Maine leads the nation in drug takeback efforts, in which citizens voluntarily return unused pharmaceuticals to keep them out of the environment and the hands of those who would sell or abuse them. Year after year, Mainers have handed in tens of thousands of pounds of drugs during federally sponsored national takeback days, more per capita than any other state.