News from November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 14, 2012

IN ANSON, Tuesday at 5:23 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Horseback Road.

November 15, 2012

Pittsfield Rite Aid robber sentenced to 3 years behind bars

AUGUSTA — Michael D. Klaiber walked into the Pittsfield Rite-Aid at 7:40 p.m. May 3 wearing sunglasses, a baseball hat covered by a hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and gloves, and he demanded drugs.

November 14, 2012

Father, 3 sons who died in Orrington fire were living in house rent-free

The father and three children who perished in the Orrington fire last weekend were living in the house under an unusual arrangement that is discouraged in the real estate industry, according to several real estate agents who are familiar with sales of financially distressed properties.

November 14, 2012

Recounts for District 54, District 45 races Monday

The Maine House of Representatives vote recounts requested by Republican incumbents Susan Morissette, of Winslow, and Ryan Harmon, of Palermo, are scheduled for Monday.

November 14, 2012

Somerset County opts out of four-county plan to lobby state

SKOWHEGAN -- Somerset County commissioners on Wednesday rejected an offer to join with four other counties in asking the state Board of Corrections to include jail debt in its upcoming budget for systemwide capital improvements.

November 15, 2012

Newport's Fredette named House minority leader

AUGUSTA -- Diminished ranks of Maine House Republicans looked to a fresh face to lead them as they resume the role of minority party.

November 14, 2012

Sunday concert at University of Maine at Augusta canceled

AUGUSTA -- The Mac McHale & Emery Hutchins concert, listed in today's What's Happening section, has been canceled. The show originally was scheduled for Sunday at UMA's Jewett Auditorium. For more information, call 621-3551 or email umasc@maine.edu.

November 14, 2012

Waterville police ask for help identifying couple involved in purse snatching

WATERVILLE -- Police are asking the public for help in identifying a couple involved in a Nov. 6 purse snatching inside Walmart.

November 14, 2012

Farmington's Whittier Road to remain closed through winter

FARMINGTON -- A road that is being undermined steadily by the erosion of a nearby riverbank will remain closed until spring, town officials have decided.

November 14, 2012

Five school districts vie for $400 million in federal grants

AUGUSTA -- A consortium of five Maine school districts will be in the running for a share of $400 million in federal grant money.

November 14, 2012

Former prison chaplain sees the hazards in jailhouse ministry

Poor training, hidden agendas and inexperience are a dangerous combination when it comes to granting volunteers access to prison and jail populations, according to a former Maine State Prison chaplain.

November 14, 2012

Four johns plead guilty in Zumba prostitution case

ALFRED -- The first four men to plead guilty to engaging former Zumba instructor and accused prostitute Alexis Wright for sex each had his figurative day in court without actually having to appear.

November 15, 2012

Federal court vacates 6 of 13 child pornography convictions against former state prosecutor

BOSTON -- A federal appeals court has reversed some of the convictions against Maine's former top drug prosecutor, who was sentenced to 16 years for child pornography.

November 14, 2012

Hunters claim harassment while on Starks land owned by shooting victim

STARKS -- A group of hunters reported Wednesday that they were threatened near where a man was shot recently in a dispute with another hunting party.

November 14, 2012

Augusta City Council to consider bus-stop smoking ban

AUGUSTA -- An incident involving an adult smoking at a school bus stop used by children with health problems has prompted the city to consider extending a ban on smoking to include school bus stops.

November 16, 2012

KENNEBEC TALES: Hallowell wears its history as a badge of honor

A recent story in the Kennebec Journal saying that Water Street, Hallowell's main drag, was long past due for an upgrade probably sent shivers through the spines of anyone who was around 40 years ago.

November 14, 2012

Augusta priest charged with smuggling drugs into Wiscasset jail Several photos included in this story

Police say Rev. Stephen Foote thought he was helping inmates at jail

November 14, 2012

Obama: No evidence of security breach in sex scandal Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The FBI says it didn't inform the White House and Congress sooner about the investigation because of rules set up after Watergate to prevent interference in criminal investigations.

November 14, 2012

LePages' food drive nets 1,568 pounds of goods

Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage received donations at the governor's mansion each of the last three Saturdays.

November 14, 2012

Maine wind farm generating power, cash

A new 19-turbine wind farm with capacity to supply the equivalent energy needs of 18,000 homes has been completed.

November 15, 2012

Maine Republican chairman questions black voters Video clip included

Charlie Webster's claim that hundreds of unknown black people voted in rural Maine towns causes a stir, and leads one GOP strategist to call for his immediate resignation.

November 14, 2012

Newendyke keeps House 80 seat after recount Video clip included

AUGUSTA — Rep. Melvin Newendyke, R-Litchfield, has retained his House District 80 seat following a three-hour ballot recount today. The final margin was just four votes.

November 14, 2012

Farmington road closure extended through winter

FARMINGTON —A road that is being steadily undermined by the erosion of a nearby riverbank will remain closed until spring, town officials decided Tuesday. “It just came down to public safety. That was the bottom line,” Public Works Director Denis Castonguay said

November 14, 2012

Maine priest charged in jail drug trafficking case Several photos included in this story

The Rev. Stephen Foote, 70, is accused of supplying suboxone, an opiate, to two inmates in Wiscasset.

November 14, 2012

King says Senate Democrats his best bet for success Several photos included in this story

Maine's senator-elect decides to caucus with the majority party because he wants to be effective but still independent.

November 14, 2012

Waterville, Winslow, Clinton police logs, Nov. 13 and 14

Theft, vehicle burglaries, assault

November 14, 2012

Lewiston murder trial delayed by judge's accident

The judge in the trial of Buddy Robinson was taken to the hospital after a car crash Tuesday morning.

November 14, 2012

Brewer woman gets 9 months for fatal hit-and-run

Patricia Giles pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident and falsifying evidence.

November 14, 2012

Lawmakers probe generals scandal with national security in mind Several photos included in this story Video clip included

President Barack Obama is expected to make his first comments on the widening scandal Wednesday, during a news conference at the White House.

November 14, 2012

Man survives being stabbed 10 times in Portland

The man asked for help at a Forest Avenue convenience store but is not cooperating with police.

November 14, 2012

FairPoint attends Jamaican lottery scam forum

The telephone company says elderly residents across the region have been cheated out of more than $1 million by con artists.

November 14, 2012

Maine election fairness panel holding Down East hearing

The five-member panel was appointed in May to study voter participation, Maine's voter registration system and the conduct of elections in Maine.

November 14, 2012

New Maine wind farm completed in Hancock County

The 19-turbine Bull Hill project has the capacity to supply the average energy needs of 18,000 homes.

November 14, 2012

Bangor woman admits to stealing from nonprofit

Laurena Cunningham faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for next month.

November 14, 2012

Maine murder trial delayed following judge's crash

Justice MaryGay Kennedy was taken to the emergency room at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with neck pain after the head-on crash Tuesday morning.