News from September 10, 2013

September 11, 2013

Obama: 'Our ideals ... security are at stake'

Obama pledges to try diplomacy with Syria but respond with force if needed, and asks Congress to delay a strike authorization vote.

September 10, 2013

Maine will open 21 lighthouses to public Saturday

The Coast Guard has partnered with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation to sponsor the event.

September 10, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, June 17-21, 2013

The following cases were closed from June 17 to 21, 2013 in Skowhegan District Court.

September 11, 2013

Waterville area men on track to own former John Martin's Manor

Michael Palmer, owner of Ace Tire & Auto Center, and his brother, David Palmer, plan to buy the former John Martin's Manor at 54 College Ave.

September 10, 2013

Trash-marauding bear in Litchfield sparks wardens' warning

Game wardens are urging property owners in a Richmond Road, Litchfield neighborhood to keep their trash out of reach of a hungry bear.

September 10, 2013

Hinckley charter school's new greenhouses latest step in agricultural mission Several photos included in this story

The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences unveiled a new project reflective of its agricultural mission Tuesday, as students from around the state returned to campus for the start of the school year.

September 10, 2013

Changes to Skowhegan's Indian sculpture site draw concern from selectmen

Plans to renovate the site of the iconic Skowhegan Indian sculpture, and to change the sculpture's orientation, drew criticism from selectmen Tuesday, which was welcomed by the executive director of Main Street Skowhegan.

September 10, 2013

Augusta considers standards, inspections for General Assistance housing

Augusta city councilors on Thursday will consider whether to set minimum standards and require inspections of rental units for those who receive General Assistance housing money from the city.

September 10, 2013

Bath Iron Works finalist to build new Coast Guard cutters

The new generation of ships will feature increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, better surveillance and a larger flight deck.

September 10, 2013

Veterans' cemetery maintenance mess covers some headstones with weeds

The daughter of a couple buried at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Augusta said the conditions of the cemetery were so disgraceful during a recent visit that she wanted to exhume her parents' bodies and take them elsewhere.

September 10, 2013

Vassalboro town manager named to municipal group's executive committee

Vassalboro Town Manager Mary Sabins was recently elected to the Maine Municipal Association's 12-member executive committee, according to a news release from the organization.

September 11, 2013

Patriots re-sign Maine native Matt Mulligan

He takes the roster spot of running back Shane Vereen, who broke his wrist on Sunday and has been placed on injured reserve.

September 10, 2013

Bravo's restaurant to be reborn in Hallowell this week

Bravo's Southwest Bistro will open for dinner some night this week, in the same building as Cafe de Bangkok, before a full phase-in next week, owner Jim Remley said.

September 10, 2013

Inland, Redington-Fairview hospitals sign natural gas deals with Summit

Summit Natural Gas announced Tuesday that it will supply Inland Hospital and Redington-Fairview Hospital with natural gas service.

September 10, 2013

Journalism center hires MaineShare executive as chief operations officer

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has hired Hildie J. Lipson, of Wayne, a former executive at MaineShare, as its chief operating officer.

September 10, 2013

16-year veteran promoted to president of Augusta marketing firm

Charlene Williams has been promoted to president of Nancy Marshall Communications, an Augusta-based public relations and marketing agency.

September 10, 2013

Colby, Tufts graduate named to Waterville practice

Dentist John Poirier recently announced that Anna O'Keefe has joined his practice as an associate dentist.

September 10, 2013

Clinton dentist joins Windsor practice

Dentist William D. Powell recently announced that dentist Beth A. Nielsen has joined the practice.

September 10, 2013

Titcomb Mountain names 2 managers

Titcomb Mountain ski area recently announced that it has hired Megan Roberts and Jaime Ranger as managers.

September 10, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Sept. 10, 2013

IN CANAAN, Tuesday at 1:08 a.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Nelson Hill Road.

September 10, 2013

Police release video of Glenburn robbery

They hope to enlist the public's help in locating the suspect pictured in the video.

September 10, 2013

Chesterville woman dead in Wilton collision with logging truck

Claire Trask, 59, of Chesterville, was killed Tuesday when she failed to yield at a stop sign at routes 156 and 4 in Wilton, and her vehicle struck a logging truck, according to police.

September 10, 2013

Brunswick man escapes serious injury after Bowdoinham car crash

Kenneth Johnson, 50, of Brunswick, walked away with minor injuries when he fell asleep while driving his car and slammed the car into a guardrail on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham.

September 10, 2013

LePage: Prosecution of welfare fraud up in Maine

The governor says he plans to introduce more reforms to the state's welfare system next session.

September 10, 2013

Funeral held for former Sen. Hathaway of Maine

Family, friends and former colleagues including Rep. Mike Michaud, Sen. Angus King and former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen gathered today at Arlington National Cemetery.

September 11, 2013

Collins, Michaud oppose U.S. strike on Syria

After listening to Obama’s speech, Rep. Chellie Pingree reiterates her opposition; Sen. Angus King isn’t prepared to take a position.

September 10, 2013

Top 1 percent in U.S. took biggest share since 1928

Since the recession officially ended in June 2009, the top 1 percent have enjoyed the benefits of rising corporate profits and stock prices.

September 10, 2013

U.S. News ranks Maine colleges and universities

The news magazine profiled some 1,800 schools for its 2014 rankings, which took into consideration acceptance rates and average student debt, among many other factors.

September 10, 2013

New Colby College president has Maine roots, wants to build on successes

David A. Greene, executive vice president at University of Chicago, will take office July 1 as Colby College's 20th president.

September 11, 2013

UMaine's athletic director resigns to return to politics

After three years as interim AD in Orono, Steve Abbott will return to his role as Sen. Collins' chief of staff.

September 11, 2013

Maine jury listens to frantic 911 call: 'He will kill us'

Benjamin Lee is on trial for stalking and threatening his estranged wife in Limerick last year.

September 10, 2013

LePage signs executive order on suicide prevention

The state says that 1,169 people died by suicide in Maine between 2007 and 2012.

September 10, 2013

Second almanac says get ready for colder, snowier winter

But the Old Farmer's Almanac says a few regions, including Maine, may be spared the harsher conditions.

September 10, 2013

N.H. officials report first human case of West Nile

Health officials say residents statewide should take precautions, as the disease so far this year has been detected in eight batches of mosquitoes.

September 10, 2013

Families seek a say at Bulger's sentencing

The prosecutor says that even though Bulger wasn't convicted in eight killings, relatives of those victims want to testify at Bulger's November sentencing hearing.

September 11, 2013

Easing of Maine smog rules argued at hearing

Easing some limits won't add to air pollution, the paper industry says, but health advocates disagree.

September 11, 2013

RSU 12 budget passes by 20 votes

Regional School Unit 12 vote passes the $26.4 million budget by 20 votes after the initial budget was rejected in June.

September 10, 2013

Sources: Senators crafting Syria alternative

The group includes four Republicans and five Democrats.

September 10, 2013

Brunswick woman dies from fire injuries

Harriet Soulen, 91, died overnight at Maine Medical Center.

September 11, 2013

Maine leaders warned of impact as state's population ages

'Radical rethinking' will be needed, an economist tells a Maine gathering taking a first step in developing solutions.

September 10, 2013

Civil rights charge filed over Maine threat tied to race

The attorney general says a Windham man made 'hateful' comments to a black woman in Portland.

September 10, 2013

Chelsea contractor: Carole Swan wanted kickback paid in 'cash, big bills'

On the first day of former Chelsea selectwoman Carole Swan's extortion trial in federal court Tuesday, contractor Frank Monroe testified she wanted a $10,000 kickback paid in "cash, big bills."

September 11, 2013

Portland's Karen MacDonald named Maine Teacher of the Year Several photos included in this story Video clip included

20130910_Teacher_OTY The innovative King Middle School teacher was honored Tuesday with an assembly attended by Education Commissioner Steve Bowen.

September 10, 2013

Charge reduced in Farmington gun scare

Police say the 20-year-old John Cushman made 'a lot of people nervous' and prompted employees at a pub to lock the doors with customers inside.

September 10, 2013

Obama blends threat of Syria attack, hope of diplomacy

Seizing on that two-track strategy, a group of senators crafts a resolution calling for a U.N. team to remove Syria's chemical weapons by a set deadline and authorizing military action if that doesn't happen.

September 10, 2013

Mass. man sentenced in Maine on drug charges

Joshua Snow was pulled over by Maine State Police on I-95 in January and found to be in possession of 500 oxycodone pills.

September 10, 2013

Maine hearing to focus on aging population

House Speaker Mark Eves is holding a discussion with lawmakers, health care officials and economists today.

September 10, 2013

$4M settlement reached in Owls Head plane crash

Two University of Maine students and one alumnus died in the November 2012 crash that occurred when their plane clipped a pickup truck.

September 10, 2013

Indian court convicts four in fatal gang rape case

The men were convicted on all the counts against them, including rape and murder, and now face the possibility of hanging.

September 10, 2013

Feds plan to release details of secret spy court

The civil liberty group Electronic Frontier Foundation says it will receive the documents and technicians will upload them to the group's website today.

September 10, 2013

Maine man appeals attempted-murder conviction

Bartolo Ford was convicted in 2010 for trying to kill a police officer by ramming his cruiser with a dump truck.

September 10, 2013

Joshua Chamberlain's Medal of Honor returned to Brunswick

The Pejepscot Historical Society received the medal in an anonymous package in July but questioned its authenticity. Historians have since verified it is the real thing.

September 10, 2013

Common Core rift confronts Gov. LePage

Two key Republican constituencies – the tea party and business – are on opposite sides of the new educational standards.

September 20, 2013

Winslow lab's illegal shipments may have helped Syria

Maine Biological Laboratories, of Winslow, may have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad build his biological-weapons capability when it illegally shipped vaccines containing an avian flu virus to Syria in 2001 and early 2002.