News from July 15, 2013

July 16, 2013

Maine wardens ID man missing at local lake

The Warden Service got a 911 call about 7 p.m. Sunday that a boat was in the water going in circles.

July 16, 2013

Portland outlaws panhandling in medians

In 30 days, it will be illegal for anyone to loiter in the city's street medians for any reason, including panhandling.

July 16, 2013

Mysterious Fla. man awakes from coma, only speaks Swedish

Michael Boatwright, 61, is convinced his name is Johan Ek, and has no memory of his past.

July 15, 2013

Mass. killer of two admits to a third slaying

 The former handyman, who is serving a life sentence, confesses he killed a boy, 16, in Massachusetts in 1992.

July 15, 2013

Informant on Bulger predicted own death

The victim, who began cooperating with the FBI in 1982, was gunned down a few months later.

July 15, 2013

All-female jury may have defied stereotypes with Zimmerman verdict

Female jurors can be sympathetic to victims and tough on accused gunmen — at least those are the stereotypes court observers describe.

July 15, 2013

Red Sox lead majors with 58 wins at All-Star break

The expensive flops are gone. So is the misfit manager. And the Boston Red Sox are winning again.

July 17, 2013

ACLU says new Fairfield social media policy violates free speech rights

Town officials say policy regarding posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media is to keep employees from insulting each other and the town.

July 16, 2013

Early in deliberations, half of Zimmerman jury favored 'guilty' verdict

An unnamed juror – who felt Trayvon Martin threw the first punch – reveals that detail and others in her first interview.

July 15, 2013

Judge orders man held for Portland murder trial

Anthony Pratt of New York stands accused of killing a Westbrook woman last November.

July 15, 2013

Fla. town somberly absorbs Zimmerman verdict Several photos included in this story

Nearly 70 years after Jackie Robinson was run out of town, Sanford is absorbing what some see as another blow to race relations . . .

July 15, 2013

Portland advocates cite race in push to legalize marijuana Several photos included in this story

They say marijuana is safer and less addictive than alcohol and that current law disproportionately affects black people.

July 15, 2013

Two more bodies recovered in Quebec

So far, 37 bodies have been recovered and 13 remain missing after the July 6 train derailment and fire.

July 16, 2013

After Quebec disaster, railroad inspectors coming to Maine

The federal review will start less than two weeks after a train disaster in Lac-Megantic killed 50 people and devastated an entire town.

July 15, 2013

Maine gets grant to help unemployed workers

The grants are designed to help states offer one-on-one counseling to those receiving unemployment benefits.

July 15, 2013

Kate's Homemade Butter has cameo in new comedy film

The Maine product gets some screen time in Adam Sandler's new movie 'Grown Ups 2.'

July 15, 2013

N.H. woman gets 10 years for lying about role in Rwanda genocide

Her lawyers say they will appeal her conviction, a move that is expected to delay deportation proceedings.

July 15, 2013

Two pursue lawsuit in Canada oil train explosion

One is the owner of the Musi-Cafe bar, where many died in the July 6 disaster.

July 15, 2013

Saco River drowning victim identified as Conn. man

The 30-year-old man died after jumping from a railroad trestle in Conway, N.H., on Saturday.

July 15, 2013

Mets' ace Harvey earns start on home field

Harvey, who will face Detroit's Max Scherzer, will be the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall.

July 15, 2013

Augusta man charged with domestic violence after trying to flee police

Gary S. Wallace, 46, was arrested for domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, criminal mischief, burglary and refusing to submit to arrest.

July 15, 2013

Wardens searching Maine pond for missing fisherman

A dispatcher at the state Department of Public Safety said the search began Sunday at about 7 p.m.

July 15, 2013

National Puzzlers' convention coming to Portland

Word puzzle fans from around the country will be heading to Maine in 2014, as well as puzzle celebrities like Will Shortz of The New York Times.

July 15, 2013

Portland schools: LePage wrong about military recruiters

The district is now the third to say Gov. LePage is not correct by claiming uniformed military recruits are being barred from certain schools.

July 15, 2013

Former DEP worker cleared of tampering charge

Jon P. Andrews, 58, of Augusta, a former hazardous materials cleanup specialist for the state, has been cleared of a charge of tampering with public records.

July 15, 2013

Maine prosecutor's misconduct may lead to suspension

Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett was accused of withholding evidence in a rape trial and interfering with subpoenas.

July 15, 2013

Special election for Maine Senate District 19 set for Aug. 27

Voters will fill the seat left vacant by Seth Goodall's departure to be regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.

July 16, 2013

Activist Portland school nurse Amanda Rowe dies at 58 Several photos included in this story

Rowe, wife of former Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe, lived a caring, adventurous life.

July 16, 2013

President Bush's son rescues stranded Maine boaters

 Bush apparently was visiting the family compound in Kennebunkport on the weekend before heading to Washington, D.C. for a high-profile event.

July 18, 2013

Maine governor's race already drawing big bucks

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler post significant totals in finance reports, while LePage fundraising lags.

July 15, 2013

Crash shuts down I-295 northbound in Freeport

The driver, a 53-year-old Brunswick man, had to be extricated by firefighters.

July 15, 2013

U.S. Air Force combat aircraft no longer grounded

The grounding affected about one-third of active-duty combat craft, including squadrons of fighters, bombers, and airborne warning and control craft.

July 15, 2013

Ex-FBI agent: Bulger victim foretold his own death

The former agent told jurors Monday that Edward "Brian" Halloran had agreed to testify against Bulger, hoping he could get help on a murder charge he faced.

July 15, 2013

Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia Video clip included

Working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged – all things known to help prevent mental decline.

July 15, 2013

Poland Spring truck rolls over in Casco

Cumberland County sheriff's deputies responded to the rollover involving a Poland Spring truck just after 6:30 a.m.

July 15, 2013

Missing toddler's father facing Portland assault charge

Justin DiPietro, who was caring for Ayla Reynolds when she disappeared in 2011, is free on bail.

July 15, 2013

Maine gas prices surge 16 cents per gallon

Residents are now paying an average of $3.69 per gallon, 7 cents above the national average.

July 15, 2013

Maine man sentenced for shooting at truck

Prosecutors say Dennis Meaney fired buckshot into the rear of a pickup truck leaving his property in January.

July 15, 2013

Journalist: Edward Snowden has 'blueprints' to NSA Video clip included

The documents 'would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.'

July 15, 2013

Robots could revolutionize farming, ease labor woes Video clip included

Researchers are designing robots that use advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, networking and high precision GPS.

July 15, 2013

Council to consider Portland panhandling problem

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.

July 15, 2013

Man arrested outside John Kerry's house in Mass.

The man was taking pictures of a window in Kerry's house, according to a Kerry spokesman.

July 15, 2013

UMaine System wants to help students who never graduated

A report presented to trustees, who meet today in Bangor, indicates about 200,000 Maine adults fall in that category.

July 15, 2013

Elder Bush brings rare bipartisan niceness to DC

Amid all the fighting in Washington, President Obama took time Monday to honor a volunteer service award George H.W. Bush created 24 years ago.

July 15, 2013

Little black box could be key for small airports

A duo from Maine invented a way for regional airports to record radio transmissions.

July 15, 2013

Civil rights charges may be next for Zimmerman

But as the FBI reviews evidence, there may not be a sufficient racial element to warrant a federal case.

July 15, 2013

Colby museum opening draws crowd Video clip included

 Colby's new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion with its prized Lunder Collection opens to the public.

July 15, 2013

Novel project in Maine aims to avoid cost of power line

 The Boothbay peninsula will be a testing ground for innovative ways to keep its single transmission line from overloading.

July 15, 2013

Transgender clients at Portland women's shelter draw complaints

 But officials for Florence House say their policy is to accept people as they present themselves.

July 15, 2013

Hospital repayment a boon for Maine health network

The Franklin Community Health Network says $15.4 million will help pay its mortgage and pay for new technology.

July 15, 2013

Piper seeks to honor public safety officers

 The founder of Guns 'N Hoses Pipes and Drums of Maine says fallen heroes deserve bagpipe tributes.

July 15, 2013

Should Kittery throw life buoy to old rescue station?

Petitioners ask the town not to demolish the island building, but there are obstacles.