News from November 7, 2012

November 7, 2012

Nichols elected Franklin County sheriff

With a commanding lead for Republican Scott Nichols, independent incumbent Dennis Pike conceded the race for Franklin County sheriff Wednesday morning.

November 7, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 7, 2012

IN CANAAN, Tuesday at 4:34 p.m., a report of harassment was investigated on Whitten Road.

November 7, 2012

Witness tells Farmington murder trial jury he did not lace suspect's marijuana with other drugs

FARMINGTON -- The man who Juan Contreras told investigators slipped him other drugs in a marijuana cigarette the night Grace Burton was murdered testified Wednesday that he did not lace the joint with anything.

November 7, 2012

Waterville police station's cost put at $3.4 million

WATERVILLE -- The proposed cost to build and equip a new police station at Colby Circle is $3.4 million, a price at least one city councilor said is too high.

November 7, 2012

It's back to work for 2nd District's Michaud

Mere hours after U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud declared victory Tuesday, the Democratic incumbent was back to work in Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

November 8, 2012

Gay-rights advocates hail an historic Election Day

AUGUSTA -- From the re-election of President Barack Obama to wins in four states that voted on gay marriage, it was big day Tuesday for gay rights, national advocates said Wednesday.

November 8, 2012

First same-sex weddings likely in January

AUGUSTA -- As soon as marriage licenses become available to same-sex couples, Maggie Oechslie and Alissa Poisson will be the first in line.

November 7, 2012

Augusta's Maloney wins two-year term as Kennebec and Somerset Counties district attorney Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Democrat Maeghan Maloney of Augusta will be the next top prosecutor in Kennebec and Somerset counties for the next two years.

November 7, 2012

BACKYARD NATURALIST: The beauty of orb spider webs returned this year

In the willow-herb, bedstraw and birchling brush this fall, the argiopes and all their relatives returned.

November 7, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY: Bowdoin takes care of business in NCAA opener

The sixth-ranked Polar Bears dismantled SUNY-New Platz in teh first round of the Division III tournament, moving one step closer to the national championship.

November 7, 2012

Polling results for Kennebec - Somerset counties district attorney's race

Here are the polling results for the Kennebec and Somerset counties district attorney race between Democrat Maeghan Maloney and Republican Darrick X. Banda.

November 7, 2012

NY man faces life in prison for Maine drug crimes

Hasan Worthy, 36, was convicted on charges related to bringing cocaine into Maine from New York, processing it into crack and selling it from Portland, Lewiston and Waterville.

November 7, 2012

Palmyra Republican keeps House 28 seat

Incumbent Dean Cray, R-Palmyra, defeated Daniel S. Swain, D-Canaan, by a 2,814 to 1,655 vote Tuesday in the race for House District 28.

November 7, 2012

Boehner: Republicans will consider tax increase

He says House Republicans are asking Obama "to make good on a balanced approach" that would including spending cuts and address government social benefit programs.

November 7, 2012

Roy, Dunphy to Somerset County Commission

In the race for District 1 on the board of the Somerset County Commissioners former commission Chairman Phil Roy, of Fairfield, defeated incumbent Gerald York, also of Fairfield, 2,436 to 2,316.

November 7, 2012

Gay marriage supporters declare victory in Washington

As election results continued to trickle in, a spokesman for Washington United for Marriage said he was confident Washington state would join Maryland and Maine, which both approved gay marriage measures Tuesday night.

November 7, 2012

Republican Keschl keeps House 83 seat

Republican incumbent Dennis Keschl won by 602 votes in unofficial returns to keep his seat in House District 83 thanks largely to strong support in Belgrade where he lives and where he was town manager for about five years.

November 7, 2012

Ex-relative suspicious of Farmington murder suspect soon after killing

The former father-in-law of the man on trial this week for the murder of Grace Burton testified today that he became suspicious of the man he lived with in Farmington after seeing a cut on his hand.

November 7, 2012

Snowe urges compromise and a softer party line

The outgoing senator urges both parties to compromise on the fiscal crisis, and says Republicans need to broaden the party's appeal.

November 7, 2012

New faces likely for key US economic posts, starting at Treasury

It’s rare for Cabinet secretaries to serve more than four years, and Timothy F. Geithner has stated clearly that he would not stay if Obama was re-elected.

November 7, 2012

Wilton's Saviello holds large lead in Senate 18

With results in from all but two towns, incumbent Thomas Saviello, R-Wilton, led Joanne Dunlap, D-Rangeley, by a 12,148 to 7,501 vote in the race for Senate District 18.

November 8, 2012

Filing: Alleged Kennebunk prostitute posed naked with son

 The 7-year-old's father calls the pictures inappropriate and requests full custody.

November 7, 2012

Dodgeball tourney on tap at Monmouth Academy

Game, which is open to youths and adult, is a fundraiser by the Future Business Leaders of America.

November 7, 2012

Skowhegan Republican keeps Senate 26 seat

Incumbent Rodney L. Whittemore, R-Skowhegan, defeated David Schwanke, D-Norridgewock, in the Senate District 26 race by a 11,873 to 8,248 vote.

November 7, 2012

Embden Republican retains House 88 seat

Incumbent Larry Charles Dunphy, R-Embden, defeated Colby James Seams, D-Anson, with a 2,644 to 1,462 vote Tuesday in the race for House District 88.

November 7, 2012

Wilton Republican to keep House 90 seat

With results in from all but one town, incumbent Russell J. Black, R-Wilton, held a commanding lead over Richard M. Stovall, D-Phillips, in the race for House District 90.

November 7, 2012

China's Cotta keeps House 55 seat

Incumbent David Cotta, R-China, beat Amy Sylvester, D-China, by a 2,605 to 1,779 vote Tuesday to keep the House District 55 seat.

November 7, 2012

Airlines cancel New York flights ahead of storm

The latest storm, though expected to be weaker than Sandy, could bring some high winds Wednesday.

November 7, 2012

Democrat Fowle unseats Foster in House District 58

AUGUSTA — Democrat Lori Fowle unseated incumbent Republican Karen Foster in House District 58. Unofficial results show Fowle with 2,513 votes and Foster with 2,069.

November 8, 2012

Democrats ask King to choose their side Video clip included

The independent senator-elect is expected to align with them but insists he'll remain an independent voice.

November 7, 2012

Johnson narrowly bests Fossel in Senate 20 race

Democratic state Sen. Chris Johnson appears to have narrowly held back Republican challenger Les Fossel in the race for state Senate District 20.

November 8, 2012

Raye concedes 2nd District race, thanks supporters



November 7, 2012

Vassalboro carries Fowle to House 58 win

Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro, defeated incumbent Karen Foster, R-Augusta, 2,513 to 2,069 in the House District 58 race.

November 7, 2012

Norridgewock's Dorney takes House 86 race

Ann Dorney, D-Norridgewock, defeated Edward Goff, R-Norridgewock, in the House District 86 race Tuesday by a 2,234 to 1,945 vote.

November 7, 2012

Waterboro hand counting ballots after voting machine breaks

Town Clerk Yvette Murray said the machine, which she described as old, stopped working Tuesday, forcing officials to hand count 112 ballots.

November 7, 2012

Keschl keeps House 83 seat with wins in Belgrade, Mt. Vernon

Incumbent Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, defeated Pamela Boivin, D-Manchester, 2,964 to 2,362 Tuesday in the race for House District 83.

November 7, 2012

Kusiak takes Fairfield, Rome to win House 84 seat

Karen Kusiak, D-Fairfield, defeated incumbent John J. Picchiotti, R-Fairfield, 2,244 to 1,973 Tuesday in a race for House District 84.

November 7, 2012

Jay Democrat keeps House 87 seat

Incumbent Paul Gilbert, D-Jay, defeated Clinton W. Brooks, R-Jay, in the race for House District 87 seat Tuesday by a 2,826 to 1,820 vote.

November 7, 2012

Flood defeats Bustin in Senate 21 race

Republican Pat Flood bests Hallowell Democrat David Bustin.

November 7, 2012

Twitchell takes Winslow council seat

Political newcomer Ben Twitchell narrowly beat longtime incumbent Paul Manson, 393-360, for a three-year seat representing District 2 on the Town Council.

November 7, 2012

Republican incumbent keeps Farmington, Industry House seat

Republican incumbent Lance E. Harvell beat Democrat Keith Welch 2,362 to 1,847 in the race for House District 89 Tuesday.

November 7, 2012

Former Burnham school to become Town Office

Former Burnham Village School will be the site of the Town Office, voters decided during a referendum Tuesday.

November 7, 2012

Republican Newendyke retains House 80 seat by 8 votes

Eight votes put incumbent Rep. Melvin Newendyke, R-Litchfield, ahead of Democratic challenger Rachel Sukeforth D-Litchfield, in unofficial returns from all three towns in House District 80.

November 7, 2012

Republican Nutting keeps Oakland, Sidney House seat

Incumbent Robert Nutting, R-Oakland, defeated Harry Hayes, D-Oakland, 2,893 to 1,842 Tuesday in the race to for House District 78 to represent Sidney and part of Oakland.

November 7, 2012

Democrat Beck keeps Waterville, Oakland house seat

Rep. Henry Beck, D-Waterville, defeated challenger Mark Andre, R-Oakland, 2,287 to 1,264 in the race for House District 76.

November 7, 2012

Two Republicans take Augusta House seats

Corey Wilson and Matt Pouliot defeat Democratic opponents.

November 7, 2012

Donahue, Cianchette win Pittsfield council seats

Heather Donahue and Michael Cianchette won seats Tuesday on the Town Council. School board members also selected.

November 7, 2012

Monmouth voters dim fireworks

The ordinance limits fireworks use to 11 days.

November 7, 2012

Oakland keeps incumbents, changes charter

Incumbents on both the town council and local school board successfully defended their seats against challengers.An amendment to the town charter designed to increase public oversight of major expenditures was also approved.

November 7, 2012

Winslow Democrat beats incumbent in House District 54

Democratic challenger Catherine Nadeau beat incumbent Republican Susan Morissette by 33 votes Tuesday to win the House District 54 seat representing Winslow and part of Benton.

November 7, 2012

Dexter Republican keeps House 24 seat

Incumbent Raymond Wallace, R-Dexter, won in nearly every town to keep his House District 24 seat Tuesday.

November 7, 2012

Bishop Malone 'deeply disappointed' in Question 1 results

Maine, Maryland and Washington became the first three states in history to approve gay-marriage at the ballot box Tuesday.

November 8, 2012

President celebrates, returns to governing Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama Obama will address a host of staff departures as he develops his agenda for the next four years.

November 7, 2012

Penn State ex-President Spanier arraigned in ‘conspiracy of silence’

Spanier, 64, is charged with concealing child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

November 7, 2012

Lewiston man's murder trial opens

The trial of a Lewiston man charged with killing a neighbor whose body has never been found has started with different versions of what happened.

November 7, 2012

Mainers appear to approve all bond referendums

Only an $11.3 million higher-education bond for the state's community colleges and UMaine was still in question early Wednesday morning.

November 7, 2012

Quiet media night explodes suddenly, Rove protests

As Obama's victory became clear, things got a bit strange at Fox News.

November 7, 2012

Romney concedes defeat Video clip included

The former Massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the good of the country.

November 7, 2012

Washington voters narrowly approving gay marriage

With about half of the expected ballots counted Tuesday night, Referendum 74 was passing with 52 percent of the vote.

November 7, 2012

Pingree routs Courtney

PORTLAND -- Chellie Pingree, the first Democratic woman to represent Maine in the U.S. House, handily won re-election to a third term on Tuesday.

November 7, 2012

Lachowicz in District 25 lead

With four of seven municipalities reporting late Tuesday, Democrat Colleen M. Lachowicz was leading incumbent Sen. Thomas H. Martin, Jr., a Republican, by 1,303 votes in the race for Martin's Senate District 25 seat.

November 7, 2012

No truth to report of bomb scare at Readfield Town Office

READFIELD -- There was no truth to a report late Tuesday of a bomb scare at Readfield's town office, where residents were casting votes. The Maine Civil Liberties Union relayed the report to the attorney general's office, but town employees told state officials that they knew nothing about a bomb threat.

November 7, 2012

Most of state bond referendums on road to approval

Voters were poised to approve state bond referendums for land conservation, transportation and water treatment projects, but results on a higher education bond were neck-and-neck with just more than 20 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night.

November 7, 2012

Long lines slow to steady pace as Mainers turn out

While there were long lines to vote early Tuesday morning, Election Day turnout slowed to a steady pace in the afternoon as Mainers weighed in on the presidential race, a race for U.S. Senate, the state's two congressional seats, same-sex marriage, bond issues and local races.

November 7, 2012

Michaud beats Raye

MILLINOCKET -- The rematch is over.

November 7, 2012

Gay marriage ahead

PORTLAND -- Gay-marriage supporters held an early lead Tuesday on the most controversial social issue of the day, whether Maine should join six other states in allowing gay and lesbian couples to get married.

November 7, 2012

Democrats maintain control of Senate

Despite a weak economy, Democrats actually had a chance to increase their lead in the Senate. "We have a period of reflection and recalibration ahead for the Republican Party," says one Republican leader.

November 7, 2012

Maryland voters approve same-sex marriage

Maryland joined Maine Tuesday as the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, capping a year-long struggle for supporters.