News from April 9, 2013

April 10, 2013

After 27 years of burglaries, 'North Pond Hermit' is arrested Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A determined sergeant with the Maine Warden Service finally captures Christopher Knight, 47, who says he committed more than 1,000 burglaries over 27 years of solitary life in the woods.

April 9, 2013

Maine-linked serial killer wanted quick execution

The ex-Maine resident committed suicide to protect his daughter, but did so before revealing ties to unsolved cases, police say.

April 9, 2013

Students in Biddeford gain new experience: Success Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 At YouthBuild Biddeford, young people who have struggled get help to earn GEDs and job skills.

April 9, 2013

Spelling Bee kids will have to know definitions too

The executive director says the changes are supposed to reinforce the competition's purpose — to broaden students' knowledge of the language.

April 10, 2013

Teachers at hearing decry plan to cut Portland jobs

The union offers other ways to save so the budget can minimize the impact on Portland students.

April 10, 2013

Maine groups tangle over guns in vehicles at work

Democrats are trying to roll back a 2011 law that allows employees with concealed-weapons permits to keep guns in their cars at their office.

April 10, 2013

Proposal to divert attorney general funds rejected

A legislative committee defeats a LePage effort to move funds for the state’s legal representation.

April 9, 2013

Admiral says US can intercept North Korean missile

U.S. defenses could intercept a ballistic missile launched by North Korea if it decides to strike, Adm. Samuel Locklear says.

April 10, 2013

FBI investigating recording of McConnell talks

A magazine releases a recording of a private meeting where Mitch McConnell's aides discuss how they can use Ashley Judd's bouts with depression against her.

April 9, 2013

Civic Center, Pirates face 'stubborn issues' over lease

But the hockey team CEO downplays the differences yet to be resolved with the arena negotiators.

April 10, 2013

Maine panel works on revised charter school funding

One proposal seeks state subsidies to ease the burden on public schools forced to pay for students who leave the district.

April 9, 2013

Budget cuts ground Air Force aircraft

"The current situation means we're accepting ... that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies," Gen. Mike Hostage says.

April 9, 2013

Student arrested in Texas college stabbing attack

At least 14 people are injured, two critically, by a suspect who went building to building attacking people.

April 10, 2013

Fired UMaine coach failed to meet goals

The university highly praises Tim Whitehead's efforts but says it needs new energy in its fading hockey program.

April 9, 2013

Bill to raise Maine minimum wage gets final House approval

The bill would raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour by July 2016 to keep up with rising costs of living, but Gov. LePage may veto it.

April 9, 2013

Senate upholds LePage veto of teen tanning ban

Senators vote 19-16 vote to sustain the governor's veto.

April 10, 2013

Pingree bill would increase access to local food

The proposal includes credits for schools and a program to test using food stamps via smartphone.

April 9, 2013

Pickup truck hits utility pole, closing Falmouth road

Police say that Calvin Bridges, 63, was driving west on Longwoods Road, also known as Route 9, when he apparently fell asleep and drifted off the road and hit the pole.

April 9, 2013

AG: Maine trooper justified in firing weapon

Trooper Paul Casey fired at a Minot man who had fired dozens of rounds from a high-powered rifle and a machine gun during a standoff with police in December.

April 9, 2013

Jury awards N.H. $236 million from Exxon

The state sued the oil company over MTBE, a toxic chemical additive used by Exxon Mobil.

April 9, 2013

DEP holds hearing on plan to send Biddeford trash to Old Town

Maine residents and some environmental organizations pose questions Tuesday about the proposal and future operations at the Juniper Ridge Landfill.

April 9, 2013

South Portland police investigate armed robbery

A man threatened a Big Apple clerk with a handgun before leaving with a small amount of cash.

April 9, 2013

Maine House rejects bill to ban cellphone use while driving

 The House also rejects a bill requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets.

April 9, 2013

Ridership up on Downeaster route

Amtrak says the Downeaster had the 11th biggest percentage increase for the period among its 45 routes nationwide.

April 10, 2013

Portland charter school, ousted founder settle legal dispute

The terms are confidential, but there still could be a state investigation of the Baxter Academy application.

April 9, 2013

Newtown families lobby on gun bill, Dems face key decision

Meanwhile, conservatives say they will use procedural tactics to try preventing the Senate from even debating firearms restrictions.

April 9, 2013

Celebrities urge Obama to change federal policy on drug offenders

The group insists "the time is right" to move toward replacing jail sentences with intervention and rehabilitation for non-violent offenders.

April 9, 2013

Boy, 6, dies after being shot by playmate, 4

Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle from his family's New Jersey home.

April 9, 2013

Talk aside, NKorean capital shows calm, not panic Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Observers say the torrent of North Korean prophesies of doom is partly meant to win Pyongyang-friendly policy changes in Seoul and Washington.

April 9, 2013

Waterville pharmacy robbers sentenced to 2½ years

Two men have received identical prison terms for their roles in robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy last August.

April 9, 2013

FDA taking closer look at surgeries using robot Video clip included

The high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system.

April 9, 2013

Maine deer, moose test negative for wasting disease

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife this year tested tissue samples from 404 deer and eight moose.

April 9, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Portland police investigate robbery at Don’s Sports Cards / Republican Richardson says he’ll run in primary / Sheriff’s tactical squad mobilized for arrest . . . and more news from around Maine.

April 9, 2013

Franklin County jail may not pay state its fee

The sheriff says the state needs to address money problems the consolidated system is causing.

April 9, 2013

Falmouth cleared in complaint of age discrimination in firing

The claims of former code enforcement officer Albert Farris were unfounded, a state panel finds.

April 9, 2013

Feature obituary: Herman Boudreau, 93, lawman, WWII hero, family man

Though his military and police careers were important, nothing topped the love he had for his wife and their four children, his son says.

April 9, 2013

Portland council OKs plans for $1.9 million in grants

But some disagree with City Manager Mark Rees' decision to reduce funding for certain programs.

April 9, 2013

Another comeback, and Cards are champs Video clip included

Louisville battles back from a 12-point deficit in the first half to beat Michigan, 82-76.

April 9, 2013

Net bycatch: A ‘lifeline’ for some, a threat for lobstermen

The bill would permit trawlers to sell "incidentally caught" lobsters, something Maine lobstermen strongly oppose.

April 8, 2013

Man in Hillary Clinton office standoff recaptured

Leeland Eisenberg walked away from a minimum-security correctional facility Sunday afternoon.

April 9, 2013

Sidewalk art restrictions top Portland agenda

The city's Public Safety Committee could decide tonight whether Portland should prohibit street vendors from setting up within 10 feet of a retailers and on sidewalks less than 8 feet wide.