News from November 13, 2012

November 14, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 13, 2012

IN BENTON, Monday, at 1:15 p.m., reported criminal mischief was investigated at R and D Storage on Neck Road.

November 13, 2012

GOP candidates call for recounts of House districts 45, 54 contests

Republican incumbents Susan Morissette of Winslow and Ryan Harmon of Palermo have requested recounts in their Maine House races, the secretary of state's office announced Tuesday.

November 13, 2012

Main Street Skowhegan touts $4M success

SKOWHEGAN -- More than $4 million in public and private investment has come to downtown Skowhegan, bringing 21 new businesses and 43 new jobs since the program Main Street Skowhegan came to town in 2005.

November 13, 2012

In SAD 13, closing Quimby Middle School the most popular option

BINGHAM -- Almost half of the school district residents who returned a recent survey about restructuring said they favor closing Quimby Middle School.

November 13, 2012

Winslow police station work reveals fire station concerns

WINSLOW -- The construction of a police station has overcome its rocky start and is now ahead of schedule, Town Manager Michael Heavener told the Town Council Tuesday night.

November 13, 2012

Ground broken at Colby Circle for new Waterville police station

WATERVILLE -- City officials on Tuesday morning broke ground on a new 12,133-square-foot police station at Colby Circle.

November 13, 2012

State's medical marijuana director tried to rescind his resignation

The man who has overseen Maine's medical marijuana program for more than a year says he received little oversight or criticism of his work until he was fired last Friday.

November 13, 2012

Man sentenced to seven years on child porn charge

PORTLAND -- Authorities had already seized a huge collection of child pornography when they raided Jack Moore's Berwick home in 2008, but Moore "couldn't restrain himself" and kept amassing more explicit pictures of children until he was finally arrested in 2011, a federal judge said in handing down a seven-year prison sentence Tuesday.

November 13, 2012

Orrington struggles to move on after state's deadliest fire in two decades

ORRINGTON -- The house, charred black from the inside out, was still standing but unlivable. The acrid smell of smoke hung in the air. Firefighters and inspectors were long gone but yellow caution tape still formed a perimeter around the property. The only signs of life were a minivan parked in the driveway, blocked in front by a plastic children's car.

November 13, 2012

King still cagey about which political party he plans to caucus with

WASHINGTON -- He's been asked the question probably more than any other during a campaign that drew national media attention and political money: Would Angus King align himself with the Democrats or Republicans?

November 13, 2012

Secretary of state begins election recounts Wednesday

AUGUSTA -- The first of nine recounts stemming from the Nov. 6 election begins today at 8:30 a.m. in the Department of Public Safety headquarters at the Central Maine Commerce Center.

November 13, 2012

Fire destroys motor home in Augusta, leaves man destitute

AUGUSTA -- Robert Wing knelt and held his Dalmatian, Brie, tightly in front of their charred motor home Tuesday morning, the acrid smell of smoke still in the air.

November 13, 2012

Augusta man injured in weekend fire remains in critical condition

AUGUSTA -- A city man who suffered serious burns while lighting his wood stove over the weekend remained in critical condition Tuesday at a Portland hospital.

November 13, 2012

Storage trailer at Augusta construction site burglarized

AUGUSTA -- Joe Nestor should have spent Tuesday cutting framing and pounding nails in his race to beat the approaching winter.

November 13, 2012

Defiant Democrats name new House speaker, Senate president Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The newly elected Democratic majority in the Legislature named House and Senate leaders on Tuesday in a move that signaled the party won't be afraid to get contentious with Gov. Paul LePage.

November 13, 2012

Waterville breaks ground on new police station

WATERVILLE — City officials this morning broke ground on a new 12,133-square-foot police station at Colby Circle.

November 13, 2012

King may declare his party choice Wednesday

On Tuesday, King met with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Roy Blunt of Missouri, who holds leadership positions in the Republican Conference.

November 13, 2012

AAA: Thanksgiving travel should increase slightly

A dramatic drop in gas prices of 35 cents per gallon in the last month should help holiday travel.

November 13, 2012

MPA announces times for state football games

All games will be played at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

November 13, 2012

Waterville, Winslow police logs, Nov. 12 and 13

Theft, harassment, vehicle burglary

November 13, 2012

Woman who drove on sidewalk holds 'idiot' sign

Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.

November 13, 2012

Maine legislative recounts scheduled for 3 tight races

The House District 70 race has Wayne Werts just 2 votes ahead of Bruce Bickford.

November 13, 2012

Patriots fans' car catches fire during drive through Maine

The car caught fire on Interstate 95 in Newport at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, causing a temporary shutdown of the northbound lanes.

November 14, 2012

Petraeus scandal widens to include another top general Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The suddenly public drama also involves a Tampa socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute and flirty emails.

November 13, 2012

Rockefeller tree to come from Sandy-battered town

Tree owner Joe Balku lost 2 other trees during the storm and just got electricity back over the weekend.

November 13, 2012

Long Islanders fume over utility's slow storm response Video clip included

Tens of thousands of Long Island Power Authority customers remain in the dark 2 weeks after the storm.

November 13, 2012

Concrete work being done on new NH-Maine bridge

Sidewalks on the Portsmouth, N.H., side of the bridge should be ready by Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2012

Maine murder trial involving sex, drugs enters 5th day

Buddy Robinson has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire.

November 13, 2012

Maine college grant program hits milestone

Newborn Irie Mastrella of LIsbon has become the 15,000th Maine baby to receive a $500 college grant.

November 13, 2012

Ex-head of Maine marijuana program plans appeal

John Thiele says he received a letter from the state Department of Health and Human Services human resources office last month saying he was fired as of Oct. 19.

November 13, 2012

Sen.-elect King to meet with Sen. Collins

King has not revealed which party, if any, he'll caucus with in the Senate.