News from November 2, 2012

November 2, 2012

Fate of vacant Burnham Village School rests on three ballot questions

BURNHAM -- The fate of the Burnham Village School will be decided by voters Tuesday in three separate ballot questions.

November 2, 2012

Skowhegan asked to turn out Sunday for police chief returning from Afghanistan

SKOWHEGAN -- Area residents are being encouraged to turn out Sunday to greet Police Chief Michael Emmons who is returning home from the war in Afghanistan.

November 2, 2012

Mobile home in Hartland destroyed in Friday blaze

HARTLAND -- A furnace fire destroyed a single-family mobile home on Canaan Road early Friday morning.

November 3, 2012

In 2nd District Congressional race, candidates' positions now crystal-clear Several photos included in this story

After four debates and two months of heavy campaigning, the candidates in Maine's 2nd Congressional District have crafted clear and distinguishing images.

November 2, 2012

Michaud releases internal poll showing 22-point lead over Raye for 2nd Congressional District

The campaign for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud released internal polling data Friday that shows the Democratic incumbent maintaining a 22 percentage point lead in the race for Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

November 2, 2012

Farmington's Whittier road closed through Wednesday at earliest

FARMINGTON -- Whittier Road, which was closed by town officials after Hurricane Sandy threatened to send it into a nearby river, will remained closed until at least Wednesday.

November 2, 2012

Somerset County Commissioners candidates want jail revenues to pay off debt

Two candidates running for the District 2 seat on the board of Somerset County Commissioners say they want to see legislation allowing the county to use revenues from the jail to offset the debt it took to build it.

November 2, 2012

Self-defense determined in China death; no charges filed

CHINA -- The stabbing death of a man inside his girlfriend's home this summer will not lead to charges, authorities have confirmed.

November 2, 2012

Gardiner man faces additional charge of kidnapping in domestic dispute

AUGUSTA -- A grand jury has added kidnapping to a list of charges a Gardiner man already faces involving an incident in which his girlfriend suffered a stab wound, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

November 2, 2012

Skowhegan credit union robber sentenced to 3.5 years

BANGOR -- A Fairfield man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to serve 3 1/2 years in prison for his role as an accomplice in the armed robbery of a Skowhegan credit union in June 2009.

November 2, 2012

ON THE EDGE: My lesson from Andre: Vote

We were the only two tenants on the fifth floor. I was the struggling actor, with a view of a street bordered with colored, discarded doors where they were tearing down our neighborhood, just down from West 67th and Columbus, a space that would soon become Lincoln Center.

November 2, 2012

Media groups support Scarborough author over Duke lacrosse case letters

Five media groups, including MaineToday Media, are backing the author’s resistance to being forced to turn over correspondence about the infamous rape case.

November 2, 2012

Appalachian Trail hiker trapped by snow rescued after 911 call

Steven Ainsworth started his trip in June, heading south from Maine, determined to hike the trail end-to-end.

November 2, 2012

Critics blast Bloomberg on decision to go ahead with NY Marathon Video clip included

The mayor counters that his predecessor, Rudolph Giuliani, went ahead with the New York Marathon two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

November 2, 2012

Maine campaign spending by outside groups shatters record

For the first time, outside groups have spent over $100,000 on eight state Senate races, including three races over $200,000.

November 2, 2012

NY Gov. Cuomo threatens utilities with loss of business

Nearly 1.3 million customers remained without electricity statewide. Most were in New York City, its northern suburbs and on Long Island.

November 3, 2012

Shaw's laying off 700 workers

Notifications of layoffs began this week and will be complete by the end of the weekend. The company will not disclose how many Maine employees will lose their jobs.

November 2, 2012

Whittier Road to remain closed into next week



November 2, 2012

Police: No charges expected in China stabbing

James Dodge, 38, died July 13 as a result of a single stab wound to his chest. Authorities say they have completed the investigation without bringing charges.

November 2, 2012

Maine issues far fewer absentee ballots than in 2008

A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office says 188,180 ballots had been requested and more than 150,000 had been returned as of Thursday's deadline.

November 2, 2012

Coast Guard probing cause of Bounty's sinking

One crew member died and search for the captain, Robin Walbridge of St. Petersburg, Fla., has been suspended.

November 3, 2012

Mass. paper company buys Maine stationery maker

William Arthur, which employs about 270 people in Kennebunk, will be sold to fine stationery firm Crane & Co.

November 2, 2012

Maine regulators advise rejection of proposed wind farm

The DEP staff says the proposed windmills would disrupt a "one-of-a-kind" view.

November 2, 2012

Former Maine Gov. John Reed dies at 91

While governor, the Republican was instrumental in starting educational television in Maine and oversaw creation of a network of University of Maine colleges.

November 2, 2012

US economy adds 171K jobs, unemployment rate rises to 7.9%. Video clip included

The Labor Department's last look at hiring before Tuesday's election sketched a picture of a job market that is gradually gaining momentum after nearly stalling in the spring.

November 2, 2012

Lines at East Coast gas stations steam commuters

With fuel deliveries in the East disrupted by storm damage and many gas stations lacking electricity to run their pumps, gasoline has become a precious commodity.

November 2, 2012

Stranded doctor pays $750 for Philly to Boston cab ride

Dr. Sujatha Balija flew to the U.S. a few days before the start of the American Society for Clinical Pathology's annual meeting. Then Sandy hit.

November 2, 2012

Bangor triple homicide suspect faces judge Monday

Bangor police brought Nicholas Sexton to the Penobscot County Jail from Brockton, Mass., on Thursday.

November 2, 2012

Former bank employee accused of theft is released on bail

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Tasha Hilts posted nearly $1.7 million in provisional credit to her TD Bank checking account and $9,505 to her savings account.

November 2, 2012

NYC man accused of pulling gun in gas line

A 35-year-old Queens man is arrested on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

November 2, 2012

State-by-state update of superstorm's effects

Power outages now stand at more than 3.6 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million.

November 2, 2012

Secret Service agent who hid affair kills himself

Rafael Prieto, a married father assigned to the security detail for President Obama, admitted the years-long relationship with a woman from Mexico to U.S. investigators when confronted.

November 3, 2012

US jobs report likely to show modest hiring

Today's report is the last broad snapshot of the economy before Tuesday's presidential election.

November 2, 2012

Tired of dark in NYC, Sandy refugees head to loved ones

Generosity toward the storm's victims has extended well beyond the big city.

November 2, 2012

Storm-related price gouging reported in Conn.

Department of Consumer Protection says 14 of the complaints accused gas stations of selling overpriced fuel.

November 2, 2012

LePage to accept food donations on Saturday

The donated food will be given to the Auburn-based Good Shepherd Food Bank.

November 2, 2012

UMaine study: Youth obesity to cost $1.2B

The study also suggests that the incidence of obesity is likely to increase from 7.8 percent of Maine's youths to nearly 26 percent as they grow into adults.

November 2, 2012

Judge allows phone evidence in Lewiston slaying case

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Robinson beat and drowned the 22-year-old Fesmire then drove her body to a wooded area and dumped it.

November 2, 2012

Once in need, woman now gives back to Bread of Life kitchen

AUGUSTA -- When she was done, Alfreda Barrett sat down with a plate of plate of pasta, salad and bread. She scanned the room, taking in the few faces lingered at the tables around her.

November 2, 2012

Fairfield, state, Pan Am Railways getting repair estimates for railroad crossings

FAIRFIELD -- A solution may finally be in the works for the decrepit railroad crossings in town, which have been the subject of complaints for years.

November 2, 2012

Skowhegan District Court, Oct. 15 - 19, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, 2012, in Skowhegan District Court.

November 2, 2012

Waterville District Court, Oct. 1 - 5, 2012

WATERVILLE -- The following cases were closed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 5, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

November 2, 2012

Former Augusta man arrested in Rockport on gun, driving and theft charges

A former Augusta man was arrested in the coastal town of Rockport Thursday morning with a handgun that police believe was stolen somewhere between Augusta and the midcoast region on Tuesday or Wednesday.

November 2, 2012

Augusta City Council enacts six-month moratorium on commercial fireworks storage

AUGUSTA -- City councilors concerned someone could fill a warehouse with fireworks in Augusta enacted a six-month moratorium on commercial fireworks storage Thursday.

November 2, 2012

Sheridan Corp. of Fairfield wins bid to do Gerald Hotel

FAIRFIELD -- Locally based Sheridan Corp. is the winning bidder for the $4 million project to transform downtown's historic Gerald Hotel into residential housing for low-income seniors.

November 2, 2012

Final days of presidential race: Campaigning returns to full throttle

Mitt Romney As Romney and Obama focus on the critical states, polls suggest a split of the electoral and popular votes.