News from November 27, 2012

November 28, 2012

RSU 9 board approves $900,000 boiler system for Mt. Blue middle school complex

FARMINGTON — Regional School Unit 9 will get a wood-pellet boiler system to heat Mt. Blue Middle School, Cascade Brook School and the bus garage.

November 27, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 27, 2012

IN FAIRFIELD, Monday, at 9:29 a.m., reported fraud was investigated at Hammond Tractor on Center Road.

November 27, 2012

State fines Wilton Recycling $7,500 for Forster Mill asbestos

WILTON -- Wilton Recycling will pay a $7,500 penalty to the state for the company's role in an asbestos hazard at the former Forster Mill, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

November 27, 2012

$3.4 million police station budget stamped by Waterville City Council

WATERVILLE -- City councilors approved $3.4 million in spending for the police station project during a special meeting Tuesday, bringing an end to more than two years of planning and debate.

November 27, 2012

Longtime legislator Mitchell to get honors from law school alma mater

AUGUSTA -- Former Senate President Libby Mitchell of Vassalboro will be honored Friday by the Women's Law Association at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.

November 27, 2012

Currier resigns from Winthrop Town Council

WINTHROP -- Councilor Jennifer Currier has resigned from her seat after less than a year on the job, and a special election to fill the seat will be held Jan. 15.

November 27, 2012

Workers' compensation swindler ordered to repay state $8,687

AUGUSTA -- A 47-year-old Charlotte man has been ordered to repay the state $8,687 for illegally collecting workers' compensation benefits last year.

November 27, 2012

Dresden woman charged in connection with burglaries

A Dresden woman has been charged in connection with a string of burglaries this summer in Kennebec County.

November 28, 2012

Judge rules Augusta man not criminally responsible for stabbing roommate

AUGUSTA -- A judge on Tuesday concluded that a city man was not criminally responsible by reason of mental disease for stabbing a roommate a year earlier.

November 28, 2012

State job posting for insurance exchange manager has many scratching heads

Gov. Paul LePage claimed state wouldn't participate in Affordable Care Act exchange, but job description appears to describe exactly that.

November 27, 2012

Propane surplus has some questioning need for giant Searsport tank

Sudden, fundamental changes in the U.S. petroleum market are raising questions about the need for a 22 million-gallon liquid propane storage tank in Searsport, and whether the planned marine terminal could someday export domestic fuel overseas, rather than bring propane to Maine.

November 27, 2012

Legal battle brewing over former Brunswick air station tax break

A legal fight is taking shape as the agency that is redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station seeks to exempt one of its tenants from paying property taxes.

November 27, 2012

Augusta school board seeks end to new superintendent residency requirement

AUGUSTA -- A requirement that the superintendent of Augusta schools must live within city limits is under review now that school officials say it was a top reason the quest for a new superintendent has come up empty.

November 27, 2012

Search continues for Augusta Walmart pharmacy robber

AUGUSTA -- Police on Tuesday continued to search for a robber -- now described as a young man with acne scars and bad teeth -- who held up the pharmacy inside the Civic Center Drive Walmart.

November 28, 2012

Jackman border patrol shooting ruled justified by state

JACKMAN -- The state attorney general has concluded that the shooting death of a Jackman man by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in June was justitified.

November 28, 2012

Prosecutors considered Cameron a flight risk before indictment Several photos included in this story

Federal prosecutors contended James Cameron was a flight risk when they indicted him on child pornography charges in 2009, but a U.S. District Court judge the following year found no evidence the former prosecutor would flee while he appealed his conviction.

November 27, 2012

Anson murder defendant betrayed no emotion when told of death, detective testifies

SKOWHEGAN — The Anson man accused of a 2009 murder had little reaction to the death when police told him about it the day it happened, according to testimony Tuesday.

November 27, 2012

Brunswick man gets 2 years for fraud, tax evasion

Matthew LaForge was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty in August to mail fraud and tax evasion charges.

November 27, 2012

Police say Nelson was "stone-faced" at news of death



November 27, 2012

Propane glut clouds Searsport storage plan

The proposal for a facility to accept imported liquid propane even as the price plummets raises questions about its future.

November 27, 2012

Record Powerball jackpot climbs to $500M

A single winner choosing the cash payout will take home $327 million before taxes.

November 28, 2012

Maine court upholds Dolloff's bat-attack conviction

In a unanimous decision, the Maine Supreme Court rejects Linda Dolloff's claims that the prosecutor misrepresented facts in her 2010 trial.

November 27, 2012

CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares to step down

Joseph Murphy, who has led Bar Harbor since 2002, said he would step down in June 2013.

November 27, 2012

Shoplifting suspect's wife: He didn't have to die

The shoplifting suspect died after a fight with security personnel outside an Atlanta Walmart.

November 27, 2012

FairPoint gets contract to link 400 health care facilities

The $16 million contract will link the primarily rural health care facilities in three states to expertise at urban hospitals and universities in northern New England.

November 27, 2012

US consumer confidence highest in 4½ years

Higher consumer confidence could translate into a more robust holiday shopping season and stronger economic growth. Consumer spending drives nearly 70 percent of economic activity.

November 27, 2012

AG: Border Patrol shooting death in Jackman justified

Charles Robinson, 75, shot in his home in June

November 27, 2012

Border agents cleared in fatal Maine shooting

They thought they were in imminent danger during a shootout that left one man dead, the state rules.

November 27, 2012

Rice concession on Libya fails to mollify 3 Republican senators

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice met behind closed doors Tuesday morning with Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte – three of her harshest critics.

November 27, 2012

Windham police search for man who impersonated deputy

The victim drove the suspect to a TD Bank ATM in North Windham where he withdrew an undisclosed amount of money.

November 27, 2012

Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

Obama will meet with small business owners at the White House on Tuesday and with middle-class families on Wednesday.

November 27, 2012

Feds say Canadian caught with meth at Maine border

Charles Joseph Maillet had 2,002 tablets of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicle.

November 27, 2012

NJ roller coaster submerged by Sandy to be removed

Mayor Bill Akers last week told a TV station that the coaster would make a "great tourist attraction."

November 27, 2012

2 arrested during brawl at Maine wedding reception

Some people reportedly were using beer bottles as weapons.

November 27, 2012

Zoo calendar features animals from boy's mauling

Zoo officials say the calendars featuring pictures of African painted dogs had already been printed before the Nov. 4 death of Maddox Derkosh.

November 27, 2012

Mass. transplant doctor, Nobel winner dies

Dr. Joseph E. Murray performed the world's first successful kidney transplant.

November 27, 2012

Ten Dexter football players suspended for 'serious' hazing incident

The alleged hazing occurred during a sleepover at the school, and some were reportedly caught on video.

November 27, 2012

Maine motorists can renew licenses at more AAA offices

Following a successful pilot program in Waterville, the program is being expanded to include AAA branches in Portland, Bangor and Augusta.

November 27, 2012

Maine trooper avoids jail in OUI case

Sgt. Julie Bergan loses her license for 90 days, is fined $500 and ordered to take part in an OUI alternative sentencing program.

November 27, 2012

Experts seeking clues exhume remains of Yasser Arafat Video clip included

The exhumation began before dawn, under the cover of huge sheets of blue tarpaulin draped over Arafat's mausoleum in his former government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

November 27, 2012

Study links autism with pollution from autos

Children from homes exposed to high levels of exhaust were three times more likely to be autistic.