News from January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013

Flu reports level off in central Maine

Reports of new influenza cases were relatively unchanged during the last week in central Maine, according to a report published Tuesday by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

January 29, 2013

Jay, Rumford lawmakers sponsor bill to extend Sunday liquor sales hours

Area legislators are sponsoring a bill that would allow early Sunday liquor sales.

January 29, 2013

Seven state legislators submit no bills this session

AUGUSTA — Rep. Thomas Winsor, in his sixth legislative term, is no stranger to the State House halls.

February 1, 2013

Maine filmmaker loses prized film collection to Saturday fire Several photos included in this story

SOLON -- Veteran Maine filmmaker Richard Searls lost a lifetime of master film reels and original videotape Saturday in a fire that tore through his former home and storage barn.

January 29, 2013

Waterville's Winter Carnival includes snowshoe races, skiing, sledding and more

WATERVILLE -- Bundle up and enjoy everything from cross country skiing to sledding and snowshoe races.

January 29, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 29, 2013

IN ANSON, Tuesday at 11:54 a.m., an animal complaint was reported on Town Farm Road.

January 29, 2013

Waterville mayor doubts plan to slash municipal revenue sharing will stick

WATERVILLE -- Mayor Karen Heck said Tuesday she doesn't think state revenue sharing for municipalities will be cut as proposed by Gov. Paul LePage in his upcoming biennial budget.

January 29, 2013

Waterville District Court, Dec. 17 to Dec. 21, 2012

WATERVILLE -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 17 to Dec. 21, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

January 29, 2013

Award-winning mental health advocate resigns NAMI Maine leadership

AUGUSTA -- Carol L. Carothers, with multiple awards for her advocacy on behalf of people living with mental illness, has stepped down after 14 years as executive director of the Augusta-based National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine.

January 30, 2013

Augusta man to serve 2 years for Walmart pharmacy robbery

Jason L. Truman, 33, told police he sold the OxyContin pills he stole to pay a deposit on his sister's apartment.

January 29, 2013

Deadline for potential Gardiner City Council candidates is Friday

GARDINER -- Residents in District 3 have until Friday at noon to submit a letter of interest in order to be considered for the City Council seat left vacant by the election of Mayor Thomas Harnett.

January 29, 2013

Maine Boy Scouts leader welcomes national end of ban on gay leaders

Removing the Boy Scouts of America's long-standing national ban on gay troop leaders and members could allow more Mainers to discover what Scouting has to offer, says an organization leader in Maine.

January 29, 2013

9/11 fund makes 1st payments to sick responders

The first round of payments, most of which have been offered to firefighters, range from $10,000 to a high of $1.5 million.

January 29, 2013

Senate confirms Kerry as Secretary of State

The vote was 94-3. Once sworn-in, Kerry will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is stepping down after four years.

January 29, 2013

Police arrest three on drug charges in Rangeley Several photos included in this story

RANGELEY — Two men and a woman face charges connected to allegedly selling heroin, after police seized drugs and money during search of a motel and Main Street home.

January 30, 2013

Lawsuit targets LePage in defense of mentally impaired

The administration has failed to provide group-home care and other required services to more than 100 intellectually and developmentally impaired adults, the suit says.

January 29, 2013

C-SPAN-style coverage OK'd for Maine State House

The free MPBN State House TV channel could begin broadcasting as early as Monday.

January 29, 2013

Rivers says roles won't change without Rondo

The Celtics are trying to figure out how to replace point guard Rajon Rondo, who tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season

January 29, 2013

Fire destroys car in Fairfield; no injuries or charges

FAIRFIELD -- No one was injured in a stubborn car fire that closed part of Route 104 for about an hour Tuesday while firefighters from Fairfield and Watervillle doused the flames.

January 29, 2013

Maine poet, inaugural star, to read in Portland

For Maine poet Richard Blanco, life has been a rollercoaster since reading his poem "One Today" at President Obama's second inauguration.

January 30, 2013

Augusta apartment fire on Tuesday displaces more than a dozen residents Several photos included in this story Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- More than a dozen people, including at least three young children, were left homeless Tuesday afternoon by a fire that destroyed the roof and upper floors of an old Penobscot Street apartment building.

January 29, 2013

LePage administration retreats from Brunswick tax dispute

At issue is whether Kestrel Aeroworks, a tenant at the former naval air station, should have to pay property taxes.

January 29, 2013

Transportation secretary to leave Obama administration

Under his watch, Ray LaHood pushed to curb distracted driving, promoted high-speed rail and demanded tougher fuel efficiency requirements for automakers.

January 29, 2013

Kennebunk prostitution trial delayed until Feb. 13 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The prosecution is asking Maine's high court to reinstate 46 invasion-of-privacy charges that were dismissed last week.

January 29, 2013

Waterville area police logs, Jan. 28 and 29

Theft, burglary, fire

January 29, 2013

Senate panel approves Kerry nomination

The full Senate is expected to act swiftly this afternoon on Obama's choice of Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

January 29, 2013

2 brothers found dead after northern Maine fire

A spokesman for the state Public Safety Department says the bodies were discovered in a home in the town of Easton early Tuesday morning.

January 29, 2013

Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

The president will hold a campaign-style event to rally support behind his proposals a day after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled their own plan.

January 29, 2013

Greenville man faces child sex abuse charges

Prosecutors say the 49-year-old man sexually abused two children younger than 10 – one boy and one girl – during a three-year period.

January 29, 2013

Egyptian army chief warns state could collapse

Attempts by President Mohammed Morsi to stem a wave of political violence appear to have made no headway as the country sinks deeper into chaos and lawlessness.

January 29, 2013

Warehouse burns near West Paris fireworks store

The fireworks store was damaged, but firefighters got water on the back of the store before it could become a major problem.

January 29, 2013

Unity College teams up with state to study bears

GPS collars will be placed on up five adult female bears with one of the collars equipped with a video camera.

January 29, 2013

Maine insurance regulators help consumers recover $3M

When individuals or business owners have a dispute with an insurance company or agent, the state can often provide assistance, the insurance superintendent says.