News from November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012

Maine Human Rights Commission creates mediation panel

AUGUSTA -- The state group charged with investigating claims of illegal discrimination in employment, housing and education and other areas has set up a program to try to resolve disputes sooner.

November 30, 2012

Spring Road house in Augusta damaged by fire on Friday

AUGUSTA -- A fire at a house on Spring Road was extinguished quickly Friday but not before causing significant damage.

November 30, 2012

$100 million MaineCare shortfall a product of missteps, bad estimates, commissioner tells legislators

Overly optimistic savings initiatives, budgeting based on still-unapproved cuts and a failure to forecast health care claims all are contributing to a projected $100 million shortfall in the state's Medicaid program.

November 30, 2012

Human Rights Campaign calls Augusta above average on gay equality

AUGUSTA -- While it doesn't have the gay-friendly vibe of Portland or Hallowell, Maine's capital city scored better than average on a recent survey that examined city services, employment practices and police attentiveness to lesbian and gay community members in 137 municipalities nationwide.

November 30, 2012

Augusta attorney named president of Kennebec County Bar Association

AUGUSTA -- Barbara L. Goodwin, an attorney who recently joined the Augusta law firm of Lipman & Katz, was elected president of the Kennebec County Bar Association.

November 30, 2012

Gerald Hotel sale lining up for finalization next week

FAIRFIELD -- Final paperwork nearly was completed Friday for the sale of the historic Gerald Hotel, leading to a $6.4 million plan to convert it into residential housing for low-income seniors.

November 30, 2012

Nelson trial adjourns early on Friday because of evidence issues

SKOWHEGAN -- The trial of Robert Nelson, the man charged with a murder in Anson three years ago, adjourned early Friday because of issues invoving the evidence, Justice John Nivison announced Friday morning.

November 30, 2012

Judge grants additional freedoms to Riverview patients who killed

AUGUSTA -- Two people committed to state custody after being found not criminally responsible for slayings in central Maine have won a little more freedom off the grounds of Riverview Psychiatric Center.

November 30, 2012

Waterville pedestrian critically injured in College Avenue crash on Friday

WATERVILLE -- A Waterville man was listed in critical condition Friday at a Portland hospital after being struck by a vehicle Thursday on College Avenue.

November 30, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 30, 2012

FAIRFIELD -- Police are investigating the shooting Thursday of the glass on the front of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union building at the intersection of Main and Bridge streets.

November 30, 2012

Carrabec High School students find new skills in old art of masonry

NORTH ANSON -- Carrabec High School students are building skills for the future -- one brick at a time.

November 30, 2012

ON THE EDGE: This kind of money changes everything, 'friends'

As you read this, you probably already know that I've won the $550 million Powerball lottery. There is a chance, of course, that I did not. That's ridiculous, but I have to say it. I'm a very positive person, and have already started a list of things I'm going to do with the money.

November 30, 2012

Dexter man fined $1,500 for accident that killed 12-year-old

FARMINGTON -- A Dexter man was ordered Friday to pay a $1,500 fine for crashing his truck into a van, killing a 12-year-old girl from Connecticut.

November 30, 2012

PHOTOS: Skowhegan Holiday Stroll parade Several photos included in this story

Skowhegan's downtown prepared for Santa's Village with the Holiday Stroll parade on Friday evening. Events continue on Saturday, with Santa's Village open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with a farmers' market, petting zoo and the Pickup Cafe, all at the Grist Mill.

November 30, 2012

Skowhegan District Court, Oct. 22-26, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases, listed alphabetically A-F, were closed from Oct. 22 to 26 in Skowhegan District Court.

November 30, 2012

Jay mill kidnapper to serve 5 years

FARMINGTON -- A Norridgewock man pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and other charges for taking a hostage at a Jay paper mill in March.

November 30, 2012

Drifter charged with Colby computer theft

WATERVILLE -- A man with a history of theft convictions is facing theft charges connected to two laptop computers and a calculator stolen from a Colby College dining hall.

December 1, 2012

LePage: Feds sabotaging my jobs program

At the heart of the controversy is the governor’s attempt to restructure the state’s work force training system.

November 30, 2012

Waterville police probe Burger King burglary

WATERVILLE — Police are investigating the burglary early Friday of the Burger King restaurant on College Avenue in which a cash drawer was stolen.

November 30, 2012

Transient arrested in Colby laptop theft

WATERVILLE — A man with a history of theft convictions is in jail and headed to court after being arrested Thursday and charged with stealing two laptop computers and a calculator from a dining hall at Colby College.

November 30, 2012

Vendor error knocks out Maine government computer network

The widespread outage affected several branches of state government, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and state websites accessed by the public.

November 30, 2012

George Mitchell: Penn State off to good start

Mitchell, who served as a Democratic U.S. senator from Maine in the 1980s and '90s, said nearly 10,000 people at Penn State have already been trained about legal duties to report suspected child abuse.

November 30, 2012

Yarmouth student brings pellet gun to school

The weapon looked like a handgun, which prompted another student to notify the assistant principal.

November 30, 2012

Nelson murder trial postponed; more evidence sought



November 30, 2012

Canadian firm may ask to send tar sands oil through region

The company, Enbridge, applied to the Canadian government Friday for permission to reverse the direction of its "Line 9" pipeline.

November 30, 2012

Update: Firefighters stop house fire on Augusta's Spring Road

Firefighters stopped a house fire at 283 Spring Road in Augusta this afternoon, the city's fire chief said.

November 30, 2012

Waterville pedestrian struck by car in critical condition

Police believe Jeremy Kraft, 51, stepped off the curb into the path a vehicle operated by Matthew Crate, 34.

November 30, 2012

Missouri Powerball winners want to live normally Video clip included

Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., will split the $588 million prize with whoever holds a winning ticket sold at a convenience store near Phoenix.

November 30, 2012

Man sentenced for paper mill standoff in Jay

Francis Smith III of Norridgewock had a shotgun and handgun when he went to the paper mill on March 14 and kept the manager hostage.

November 30, 2012

Norridgewock man pleads guilty to taking hostage in Jay mill

A Norridgewock man pleaded guilty this morning to kidnapping and other charges that he took a hostage at a Jay paper mill in March.

November 30, 2012

Historic Boston church considers sale of rare hymnal

A Sotheby's executive calls the psalm book "the Gutenberg Bible of America," and says it could fetch $10 million to $20 million at auction.

November 30, 2012

2 groups seek federal inquiry into Webster's comments

The ACLU of Maine and the Brennan Center for Justice request an investigation into the state Republican Party chairman's comments about black voters.

November 30, 2012

GI charged in WikiLeaks case admits making noose Video clip included

Pfc. Bradley Manning claims that his treatment at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., was so harsh that the charges against him should be dismissed.

November 30, 2012

Waterville police log and arrests, Nov. 29 and 30

Shoplifting, thefts, harassment

November 30, 2012

Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

It is the first time scientists have a direct method to place an age on crustaceans.

November 30, 2012

Supreme Court may consider constitutionality of gay marriage

There was no announcement about the court's plans on Friday, but they could announce their intentions Monday.

November 30, 2012

Rangeley paying $145K to settle lawsuit in foreman's firing

And the former town manager must pay $30,000.

November 30, 2012

Maine man charged with burning kids

Police say the 28-year-old Houlton man burned the children in their upper back and neck areas "to show them pain compliance while meditating."

November 30, 2012

NH won't pay for special lighting on Memorial Bridge

A state official says the lights aren't essential for transportation needs so the project should be a community initiative.

November 30, 2012

Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn deny settlement reached

A person familiar with the case had said a settlement had been reached.

November 30, 2012

Court upholds Maine man's convictions in slayings of husband, wife

Nathaneal Nightingale was convicted in March 2011 of manslaughter in the death of Michael Miller Sr. and murder in the death of Miller's wife, Valerie, in Webster Plantation.

November 30, 2012

Couple charged in NH boy's beating waive extradition

They will return to New Hampshire to face charges in the beating and burning of the woman's son.

November 30, 2012

Mo. Powerball winner verified; Arizona's a mystery

A news conference is planned for this morning in Missouri, where officials declined to provide details of the winner in advance.

November 30, 2012

Congress looks at doing away with $1 bill

Doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.

November 30, 2012

Sunday River gearing up for skiing Santas

Nearly 300 Santas have pre-registered for Sunday's fundraiser.