News from November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

Waterville City Council to decide final police station budget Tuesday

WATERVILLE -- City Councilors will vote tonight on a final budget for the police station project during a special meeting.

November 26, 2012

Skowhegan library discovers trove of books by local poet

SKOWHEGAN -- Folks at the Skowhegan Free Public Library have discovered treasure in the attic.

November 26, 2012

Kennebec Valley Community College president to be named Wednesday

The name of Kennebec Valley Community College's new president is scheduled to be released Wednesday.

November 26, 2012

Readfield home invasion robbery suspect jailed

AUGUSTA -- A former Readfield man accused of committing an armed home invasion Sept. 22 in Randolph remained in jail Monday in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

November 26, 2012

Robber hits Augusta Walmart pharmacy on Monday, flees with oxycodone Several photos included in this story Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- A man dressed in blue and wearing an FBI baseball hat was on the run Monday after robbing the pharmacy inside the Walmart on Civic Center Drive in the afternoon, police said.

November 26, 2012

US Supreme Court won't review Maine sex assault case

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the case of a Maine man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl whom he allegedly hypnotized to help calm her about their relationship.

November 26, 2012

Chest wound killed hunter, state rules

WALES -- A hunter killed near his East Road home last week died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.

November 26, 2012

Winthrop middle school evacuated after electrical mishap

WINTHROP -- The middle school was evacuated Monday when an electrical short in the ventilation system sent smoke wafting into a teachers' room.

November 27, 2012

State ad blitz asks public to keep loose hypodermic needles out of the trash

The Department of Environmental Protection is finishing a two-week advertising blitz telling people not to throw used needles into the trash.

November 26, 2012

Anti-renewable-energy report cited by LePage was funded by fossil fuel interests

Paul LePage In September, Gov. Paul LePage cited a report that said Maine's renewable energy mandate would cost electricity ratepayers $145 million and nearly 1,000 jobs by 2017. The study was immediately challenged for its conclusions, and now its motives are under scrutiny.

November 26, 2012

Log truck rolls over on US Route 201 in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN -- A Canadian truck driver escaped injury Monday morning when he lost control of his loaded log truck and tipped over, spilling the contents near the Sappi Fine Paper mill off U.S. Route 201, police said.

November 26, 2012

Snowe donated heavily, exclusively to GOP candidates in Maine races

When U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe made her surprise announcement in February that she would not seek re-election, she condemned the "atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies" in Washington and stressed the "vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish."

November 26, 2012

Belgrade to install security cameras at community center

BELGRADE -- Town officials hope new security cameras will deter troublemakers from misbehaving at the Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons during unsupervised hours.

November 26, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 26, 2012

IN ALBION, Friday at 9:53 p.m., an assault was investigated on Unity Road.

November 26, 2012

Anson murder victim was slain because of drugs, attorneys claim

SKOWHEGAN -- Prosecutors and defense disagree about who killed Everett L. Cameron, but they do agree on one thing.

November 27, 2012

Snowe's political donations, calls for unity at odds

She backed Maine Republicans who were far from centrists, but says her campaign support was tied to their loyalty, not ideology.

November 26, 2012

Should politicians focus more on men, less on women?

Despite all the talk of women's issues, elections show men have less party loyalty and are more likely to be swayed by a particular candidate.

November 26, 2012

RI officers probed for making kids do pushups

A neighbor videotaped the stop and posted it online. Now the North Providence mayor wants the officers suspended.

November 26, 2012

Victim of alleged rape misidentifies suspect in Portland courtroom

She later identifies the suspect in custody, and a judge finds probable cause for the charge.

November 26, 2012

Police hunt for man who robbed Augusta Walmart pharmacy Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A man demanded pills, suggested he had a weapon and fled.

November 26, 2012

Prosecutor: Desperation, drugs motive for killing

Desperation and drugs drove Robert Nelson, 41, to kill Everett L. Cameron in Anson about three years ago, according to the prosecutor in his opening statement Monday in Somerset County Superior Court.

November 27, 2012

Evidence files given to Zumba teacher's lawyer

Kennebunk police also release the names of four more of Alexis Wright's alleged clients in the high-profile prostitution case.

November 26, 2012

Top lobster scientists gather for Maine symposium

The conference comes as the Maine harvest is going gangbusters, the southern New England fishery has virtually collapsed and ocean temperatures are warming.

November 26, 2012

Autopsy: Maine hunter died of gunshot wound to chest

The report did not indicate whether the gunshot wound was the result of a homicide.

November 27, 2012

Maine teachers say new restraint rule leads to assaults by students

Educators say a new mandate is making them overly cautious, and the instances of teachers being assaulted by students since the rule took effect have been in the "dozens."

November 26, 2012

Schapiro's SEC successor likely to follow her lead

Elisse Walter, one of five SEC commissioner, has consistently voted with her predecessor on almost every major initiative.

November 26, 2012

OOB man hit by car dies from injuries; Saco police investigating

Michael White, 65, died after being struck by a car near the corner of Main and Water streets in Saco.

November 26, 2012

All items in '12 Days of Christmas' now top $107K

If you get all 364 items repeated throughout "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol, you'll pay 6.1 percent more this year.

November 26, 2012

Supreme Court orders new look at health care lawsuit

The court orders a federal appeals court to consider the claim by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that Obama's health care law violates the school's religious freedoms.

November 26, 2012

Update: Smoke sends Winthrop middle-schoolers to high school

WINTHROP — The middle school was evacuated this morning when an electrical short in the ventilation system sent smoke wafting into a teachers’ room.

November 26, 2012

More Kennebunk prostitution names to be released today

More names of men charged with engaging in prostitution with 29-year-old Alexis Wright, a former Zumba instructor will be released today.

November 26, 2012

Daughter, mom, grandma bag deer on same day

It was a 'freaky day,' says Brenda Gammon of Maine, who shot a six-point buck weighing about 150 pounds.

November 26, 2012

Employee in Mass. gas explosion did right thing

The blast Friday that leveled an adult entertainment club and damaged 42 buildings was blamed on "human error."

November 26, 2012

PUC, CMP agree to tree-cutting changes

A CMP spokesman says the company is still wary it could be held liable and even fined for outages caused by downed trees outside its jurisdiction.

November 26, 2012

Maine gas prices drop slightly

Prices in Maine are now nearly 11 cents lower per gallon than a month ago.

November 26, 2012

Bounce houses a party hit but kids' injuries soar

A nationwide study suggests that 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains and concussions from bounce house accidents.

November 26, 2012

In shocker, Israel's defense minister quitting politics

Ehud Barak, a decorated former general and one-time prime minister, said he would stay on in his current post until a new government is formed.

November 27, 2012

'Sneaker waves' blamed for deaths of Calif. family Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Two parents and their son are killed when a game of fetch leads to a nightmarish chain of events.

November 26, 2012

Maine election officials finish recounts

None of the 12 legislative recounts resulted in a change in the Election Day outcome.

November 26, 2012

CO exposure in Kennebunk sends 2 to hospital

Firefighters say a basement furnace was the likely cause.

November 26, 2012

Muzzleloader deer hunt under way in Maine

The state's muzzleloader season begins Monday and continues until Dec.1 across the state.

November 26, 2012

Civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot dies at 73

A Mississippi native, Guyot worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project.

November 26, 2012

'Baby box' foes: Solution worsens problem

 A practice in some countries aimed at lowering the infanticide rate apparently has not done so.