News from January 6, 2014

January 7

Man sentenced to eight years for stalking estranged Maine wife

Benjamin Lee, 53, drove 1,500 miles with a Cadillac full of weapons, handcuffs and plastic sheeting after repeatedly threatening to kill her.

January 7

In-state tuition considered for those in N.H. illegally

The bill is being voted on by the state House this month.

January 6

Mainer dies in I-95 crash

Police don’t yet know what led to the rollover crash.

January 6

Patriots place LB Brandon Spikes on IR

Spikes, the Patriots’ second-leading tackler, is their fourth key defender to be sidelined for the season.

January 6

Liz Cheney quits bid to unseat Wyoming’s Enzi

Cheney cites 'serious health issues' that 'have recently arisen in our family' as the reason for her decision.

January 7

As cohabitation gains favor, shotgun weddings fade

The number of unmarried couples who opt to move in together after a pregnancy has surpassed ‘shotgun marriages’ for the first time in a decade.

January 6

Senate confirms first woman to ever lead Federal Reserve

Janet Yellen, who chaired Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, will replace Ben Bernanke.

January 7

Pennsylvania news conference set on Maine man’s road-rage death

Authorities won’t say whether a suspect has been identified or if the public is in danger after Timothy Davison was fatally shot Saturday by another driver.

January 6

US marks 4 straight years of slowing health costs

In a major rarity, the U.S. economy grew faster in 2011 and 2012 than did national health care spending.

January 6

Rules could keep Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn out of Sochi races

The new rules require skiers to finish a certain number of races in a discipline over last season and this season to qualify for that event in the Olympics.

March 12

Bellows raises $332,000 in bid to unseat Maine’s Collins

But the Democrat has some catching up to do against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has $3.3 million.

January 6

Jet’s warning of landing gear problem in Portland is false alarm

The US Airways flight from Philadelphia lands without incident.

January 6

Satanists unveil design for Oklahoma Capitol monument

A group overseeing the Capitol grounds has put a moratorium on monuments after the filing of a lawsuit over the erection of a Ten Commandments display.

January 6

U.S. high court refuses to block new health care law

Chief Justice John Roberts makes no comment as he refuses the request by a doctors’ group.

January 6

Men’s Wearhouse boosts bid for Jos. A. Bank

Analysts say a combination would enable both chains to cut costs and boost profits in an increasingly competitive market.

January 6

Man robs credit union in Lewiston

The Community Credit Union on Pine Street was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money Monday morning.

January 7

Portland Food Co-op takes step toward full-service store

The location on Congress Street is expected to open to the public in September.

January 7

Michaud reports $1 million in campaign donations

Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler have yet to publicize their recent campaign finance reports.

January 7

Former Scarborough firefighter sentenced to eight years in brutal attack Several photos included in this story

Eric Gwaro beat and stomped Sherri York unconscious in 2012, then hid the injured woman from neighbors.

January 6

New York man arrested after low-speed police chase in Wells

The chase spans three towns before the driver crashes in Ogunquit.

January 6

Tips for surviving massive flight cancellations

If the phone lines are jammed, consider trying the airline’s overseas numbers. You’ll pay long-distance rates, but might not have to wait.

January 6

Autopsy scheduled in road-rage slaying of Mainer

The gunman in the Pennsylvania attack is still at large and police are looking for a small dark-colored pickup truck.

January 6

Trial resumes for Maine woman charged in husband’s death

A neuropsychologist testifies that Roxanne Jeskey is ‘brain injured in a significant way.’

January 6

‘Jihad Jane’ gets 10 years in plot to kill artist

Prosecutors depicted Colleen LaRose as a ‘lonely and isolated’ woman who was flattered to get an assignment to kill a foe of Islam.

January 6

Portland home damaged by early-morning fire

A resident is injured and a cat killed by fire at the Brighton Avenue home.

January 7

Judge rules against rezoning Portland West End church Several photos included in this story

The city has yet to decide whether to appeal the decision, and the developer will let the city take the lead on the case, a spokesperson says.

January 7

LePage wants Rier as permanent chief of education

James Rier has held the job since October, when previous commissioner Stephen Bowen left.

January 6

Oxford County sheriff announces re-election bid

Michael Parshall, a Monmouth police officer from Upton, has announced his intention to challenge Wayne Gallant.

January 6

Same-sex marriages in Utah put on hold

The order will remain in effect until a federal appeals court decides whether to uphold an earlier court ruling that Utah’s ban is unconstitutional.

January 30

Billion-dollar merger may affect three Maine paper mills

Verso Paper will acquire NewPage Holdings in a $1.4 billion deal. The two employ 2,250 workers in the state.

January 6

Boston swears in first new mayor in 20 years

One of Martin Walsh’s first tasks will be to select new fire and police commissioners.

January 6

In-state tuition mulled for those in NH illegally

Opponents argue it isn’t fair for out-of-state students to pay higher tuition than students in the country illegally.

January 6

Most dangerous temps in decades push across US Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Many across the nation’s midsection went into hibernation, while others dared to venture out in temperatures that plunged well below zero.

January 6

Rodman, ex-NBA All Stars arrive in North Korea Video clip included

‘The marshal is actually trying to change this country in a great way,’ he says.

January 6

Man who slapped toddler on plane gets eight months

Prosecutors recommend six months, but the judge imposes a longer sentence in part because of the man’s criminal history.

January 7

Freezing temperatures to turn Maine roads into ice rinks Several photos included in this story

Transportation officials warn that motorists should assume surfaces will be ice-covered as temperatures drop below freezing after a day of soaking rain.

January 6

NJ works to curb sex trafficking before Super Bowl Video clip included

The state’s sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population can make it an attractive base for traffickers.

January 6

California girl declared brain dead moved to unnamed facility

The hospital where she was being treated considers her dead, but an uncle says the new facility has ‘beliefs just like ours,’ presumably meaning she will be maintained on a ventilator.

January 6

Snowmobile victims recalled year after tragedy Several photos included in this story

Four riders died while snowmobiling on Rangeley Lake.

January 6

Domestic dispute in Clinton puts man, woman in hospital

The man apparently shot himself in the face.

January 6

Men accused of running massive Maine drug operation going to trial

 The 2009 drug bust in Washington County led to the seizure of $9 million in marijuana, among the biggest in state history.

January 6

Bangladesh violence kills at least 18

Police fire on protesters and opposition activists torch 100 polling stations.

January 6

Unwanted presents can be real gifts to Skowhegan Indian restoration project

A March 1 auction will turn regifting into fundraising to repair a tall sculpture honoring local tribes.

January 6

Natural gas company to pay contractors

Summit Natural Gas of Maine plans to pay money owed on the pipeline project by Jan. 10.

January 6

Charles ‘Chick’ O’Leary, former Maine AFL-CIO president, dies at age 76



January 6

Dispatches

LePage to visit tomato grower Backyard Farms / Agricultural exhibition to open at civic center / Couple who died in home fire identified / Logging accident knocks out power to about 5,000

January 6

Global market grows for fake clicks

Companies are capitalizing on the chance to make millions of dollars by duping social media.

January 6

Training to aid mentally ill a priority for Maine police

Most officers in Portland and elsewhere in Maine are learning how to intervene amid a mental health crisis.

January 6

Military recruiting bill returns, aiming for less rancor

A similar bill was defeated amid political wrangling in last year’s legislative session, even though there was no evidence schools denied uniformed recruiters access to students.

January 6

Bold idea for Portland restaurant fraught with challenges Several photos included in this story

All of the food will be grown or harvested in Maine – a restrictive standard, but chef/owner David Levi thinks he can pull it off, even though items like lemons, olive oil and sugar cane don’t grow here.