News from January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013

Waterville kicks off comprehensive plan talks

WATERVILLE — The city has a beautiful opera house, a popular international film festival, top-notch colleges, a new four-season recreation area, a world-class museum and excellent schools.

January 28, 2013

Home invasion robbery suspects among those indicted by Kennebec County grand jury

AUGUSTA -- Two people accused of carrying out a pair of home invasions in recent months are among the more than 40 people indicted last week by a grand jury in Kennebec County.

January 28, 2013

Teachers balk at new performance evaluation standard's reliance on test scores

AUGUSTA -- A proposed statewide standard for evaluating Maine teachers' performance puts too much importance on how students score on standardized tests, teachers told state education officials Monday.

January 28, 2013

Maine Senate president among those seeking to halt or ban virtual schools

Five Democratic legislators -- including the top ranking lawmaker and the House co-chair of the Education Committee -- have requested bills to be drawn up that would either impose a moratorium on the approval of full-time virtual charter schools or ban them altogether.

January 28, 2013

Among 1,617 proposed Maine laws, some bills are quirky

When House District 137 candidates Alan Casavant and Bill Guay were greeting people outside the polls in November, a voter asked what they were running for.

January 28, 2013

Immigration overhaul? Republican, Dem senators vow action

The deal covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

January 28, 2013

Boy Scouts may end strict no-gays policy

Under the change being discussed, individual Scout units could decide for themselves how to address the issue – either maintaining an exclusion of gays or opening up their membership.

January 29, 2013

Legislature releases bill list, demarcating future battle lines

AUGUSTA -- Potential battles between lawmakers and Republican Gov. Paul LePage began coming into focus Monday, as the Legislature released a list of all submitted bills, including measures from Democratic leaders on issues such as bonding and charter schools.

January 28, 2013

Waterville area police probe spate of burglaries

Police are investigating a string of burglaries that hit seven businesses in three towns early Sunday morning.

January 28, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 28, 2013

IN ANSON, Sunday at 1:27 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Union Street.

January 28, 2013

Brighton Plantation man injured in logging accident, flown to Bangor hospital

PLEASANT RIDGE PLANTATION -- A man from Brighton Plantation was taken to a Bangor hospital by LifeFlight helicopter Monday morning after he was pinned against machinery in a logging accident.

January 29, 2013

Flu epidemic has peaked in Maine, say health officials

Nonetheless, flu is still a concern for the region, says State Epidemiologist Stephen Sears.

January 28, 2013

Michaud begins five-day paper industry tour in Madison Several photos included in this story

MADISON -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud toured the Madison Paper Industries mill on Monday, pledging to help paper mills across the state that could be affected by Canadian subsidies to a Nova Scotia paper mill.

January 28, 2013

Pelham man injured in snowmobile crash near Jackman Monday

MOOSE RIVER -- A snowmobiler from New Hampshire was injured Monday morning when his sled slid off Interconnected Trail System 89 near Jackman and struck a tree.

January 28, 2013

Augusta man busted on charges he grew 100+ marijuana plants Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- A city man is facing growing and trafficking drug charges after police said they seized more than 100 marijuana plants from his Chamberlain Street apartment.

January 28, 2013

Somerset Superior Court, Dec. 17, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 17, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013, in Somerset Superior Court.

January 28, 2013

UMA aviation degree program takes flight with board's approval

BANGOR -- Pending final accreditation, the University of Maine at Augusta will begin offering a bachelor's degree in aviation this fall.

January 28, 2013

Man injured in logging accident

Freeman Cromwell of Brighton Plantation airlifted to Bangor

January 29, 2013

Westbrook teacher charged with sexual assault on minor

Police said Derek Hanscom, 32, of Gorham, was charged in connection with incidents that occurred over the past two weeks.

January 29, 2013

Judge to decide how to proceed in Kennebunk prostitution case

Jury selection still hasn't been finished. Members of the jury pool who called a court hotline Monday morning were told to call again Tuesday.

January 28, 2013

Popular Dutch monarch to abdicate throne Several photos included in this story

Queen Beatrix says she will abdicate April 30.

January 28, 2013

Missile launcher shows up at Seattle gun buyback

The single-use launch tube assembly for a Stinger surface-to-air missile had already been used.

January 28, 2013

Police charge man with biting off part of another man's nose

Portland police say the two men were drinking together in a Brighton Avenue motel room when they got into a fight.

January 28, 2013

Somerset County police log, arrests

Monday's police beat

January 28, 2013

Lawmakers, LePage target Maine skills gap

More than half of all manufacturing careers in Maine are considered high-tech jobs, but many go unfilled because applicants don't have the necessary skills.

January 28, 2013

Maine Maritime Museum continues work on massive sculpture

Six 120-foot-tall spires representing the masts of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship built in the United States, will be erected this spring.

January 28, 2013

Maine speakers testify against human services cutbacks

Nearly 100 people speak out against Gov. Paul LePage's proposed cuts to the state DHHS budget.

January 28, 2013

Senators reach agreement on immigration reform

The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

January 28, 2013

American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran

The pastor, who is of Iranian origin but lives in Boise, Idaho, was accused of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

January 28, 2013

16 sick in 5 states linked to salmonella in ground beef

Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

January 28, 2013

Senate nears vote on $50.5B bill for Sandy victims

Northeast lawmakers in both parties are optimistic they have the 60 votes need to pass the bill and send it to PresidentObama for his signature.

January 28, 2013

Grant re-elected as Maine Democratic Party chairman

Ben Grant led the party in November when Democrats regained control of both chambers in the state Legislature.

January 28, 2013

Ford, Daimler, Nissan to research hydrogen cars

The three companies expect their alliance to bring affordable hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market as early as 2017.

January 28, 2013

Students at Pa. school must ask for toilet paper

Boys at Mahanoy Area High School now must go to the school office to request toilet paper and sign it out.

January 28, 2013

Arrests made in Brazilian club fire; funerals begin Video clip included

An early investigation into the tragedy reveals that security guards briefly prevented nightclub goers from leaving through the sole exit. And the bodies later heaped inside that doorway slowed firefighters trying to get in.

January 28, 2013

New clues to sinking of Confederate sub

The hand-cranked sub H.L. Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

January 28, 2013

Maine gas prices up almost 3 cents per gallon

Current prices in Maine are now about the same as they were a year ago.

January 28, 2013

Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

Using online videos produced by teachers, the model flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework – the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice.

January 28, 2013

Full list of Maine bills for 2013 to be released

The number of bills submitted is slightly lower than the prior Legislature, and leaders say it's likely to be reduced further once duplicates are identified.

January 28, 2013

Obama asks police to help pass gun legislation

The president's meeting comes as he tries to build support for gun control legislation that will be difficult to get through Congress.

January 28, 2013

Credit transfer plan on UMaine System Trustees' agenda

They'll also hear about a plan to help Maine adults who have some college credits to complete studies for a bachelor's degree.

January 31, 2013

Stalled Zumba trial still awaiting action by high court

Potential jurors were told via a hotline Monday morning not to report to York County Superior Court in Alfred for jury selection.

January 28, 2013

Elder abuse: 'Huge' and growing problem

Kim Bauer As America's baby boomers age, far more seniors are being added to a vulnerable population. The number of victims is estimated at 2 million a year.