News from January 8, 2013

January 9, 2013

Bingham school board votes to keep Quimby Middle School open

BINGHAM -- Quimby Middle School will stay open, despite results of a recent survey in which a majority of residents who responded were in favor of closing it.

January 9, 2013

Daughter interrupts mother's attempted suicide but not before shots are fired

No one is injured but the matter remains under investigation by the Bath Police Department.

January 8, 2013

Skowhegan selectmen unanimously back detective as deputy police chief

SKOWHEGAN -- Longtime Detective Daniel Summers was named deputy police chief by selectmen Tuesday night.

January 8, 2013

China family given two weeks to sell condemned property

AUGUSTA -- A family living in a home that's been declared dangerous by the town of China has two weeks to let the Superior Court know if they are able to sell the property.

January 8, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 8, 2013

IN ANSON, Tuesday at 1:13 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Fletcher Road.

January 8, 2013

Former prosecutor, child porn owner pleads innocent to contempt charges

PORTLAND -- The state's former top drug prosecutor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to contempt of court in connection with charges that he fled the state after learning an appeal of some of the child pornography charges he was convicted on was unsuccessful.

January 8, 2013

National Guard officer dies at Augusta's Camp Keyes; death 'untimely, unexpected'

AUGUSTA -- For the rest of the season, the Mt. Blue High School varsity basketball team in Farmington will be wearing armbands bearing the initials of Lt. Col. Michael J. Backus.

January 9, 2013

Protest, promises of future friction greet legislators on first day of session Several photos included in this story Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- Teases of legislation and political fights to come, along with a mid-day demonstration by progressive groups, took over the halls of the State House, where official business on Tuesday consisted of quick morning sessions and committee work.

January 8, 2013

Albion aims to keep town budget, tax rates level

ALBION -- Selectmen say they're determined to keep the town's budget from rising this year, members said this week.

January 8, 2013

Former Richmond man avoids jail in 2008 slapping, kicking assault

AUGUSTA -- A Portland man will see no jail time for being involved in slapping and kicking a drunken man who died hours later of what the medical examiner ruled were unrelated causes.

January 9, 2013

Livermore Falls to consider switching counties

A similar effort died on Legislature's doorstep in 2005.

January 8, 2013

Augusta to consider banning sex offenders from living near schools, parks

AUGUSTA -- City Councilors on Thursday will discuss a proposal to prohibit sex offenders convicted of acts against children from living within 750 feet of schools, parks and other municipal property where children are the primary users.

January 9, 2013

Ex-Augusta man gets life for California double murder

A former Augusta man who killed a Maine couple in California three years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison.

January 8, 2013

PHOTO: Big rig jackknifes on Pond Road in Sidney Tuesday

According to police, the operator of this tractor-trailer became jackknifed on the Pond Road in Sidney after attempting to turn around, when the front tires went in a ditch, on Tuesday. A tow truck was called to get the rig back on the roadway.

January 9, 2013

Kenneth Cormier, founder of Funtown/Splashtown USA, dies at 80

Cormier, an Army veteran, first bought the plot of land on now-busy Route 1 in Saco more than 50 years ago.

January 8, 2013

Sanford pharmacy robbery Maine's first in 2013

Sanford police are investigating a pharmacy robbery at a Walgreens store on Main Street.

January 8, 2013

Opponents challenge LePage on education funding

Rep. James Campbell, I-Newfield, says he has drafted a bill to use state revenue from the Oxford Casino to fully fund K-12 education.

January 8, 2013

911 call played at hearing for Colo. massacre suspect

The call lasted 27 seconds and police say at least 30 shots could be heard.

January 9, 2013

Former Maine prosecutor pleads not guilty to contempt

Authorities also said they will not prosecute James Cameron again on several child pornography charges for which the convictions were overturned on appeal.

January 8, 2013

2012 hottest year on record in US, by far

The entire year was 3.2 degrees warmer than the average for the 20th century.

January 8, 2013

Feds scale back LePage Medicaid cuts

LePage wins federal approval to eliminate or reduce coverage for more than 14,000 Mainers to save $4.5 million of $23 million in targeted cuts.

January 8, 2013

Maine recovery expected to lag US by more than a year

“Until the national economy grows more quickly, Maine won’t grow more than a couple thousand jobs a year,” says Charles Colgan, USM professor of public policy and management.

January 9, 2013

Trooper describes car chase of accused double murderer

“I was 100 or so mph and he slammed on his brakes to try to make that corner,” testified State Police Trooper Roger Teachout, describing the violent end of a high-speed pursuit.

January 8, 2013

Boston mobster's lawyers to ask for judge removal

Whitey Bulger's attorneys say the judge has a conflict of interest because he was a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant.

January 8, 2013

Waterville, Clinton police logs, Jan. 7

Assault, vehicle accident, theft

January 8, 2013

2nd Winehouse inquest confirms alcohol death

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe rules that the 27-year-old soul singer "died as a result of alcohol toxicity" and records a verdict of death by misadventure.

January 8, 2013

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control initiative

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly say their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative will help raise money to support greater gun control efforts.

January 8, 2013

Maine officials reschedule 3 lobster forums

The meetings seek ideas about the harvest, prices, Maine's relationship with Canada, the state's marketing strategy and the lobster licensing system.

January 8, 2013

Tanker strikes San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

A Coast Guard spokesman said the pilot and others on board during the accident will be tested for drug and alcohol use.

January 8, 2013

Portland law firm hosting inaugural party in D.C.

Preti Flaherty is hosting an invitation-only event featuring Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree and a host of dignitaries.

January 8, 2013

Maine lawmakers getting down to work today

The state budget is going to be a priority for the Republican governor and lawmakers as they return to the State House.

January 8, 2013

Jackpot winner's death now a cyanide homicide

New tests show the man who won $1 million did not die naturally, but was he killed for his money?