News from July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013

Top medical examiner testifies in Waterville shooting case

Matthew Partridge of Winslow is charged with murdering Justin Smith outside a Waterville pub.

July 18, 2013

Two teenagers charged with Maine kidnapping

The two teenagers stand accused of holding a man inside a home in Chelsea.

July 18, 2013

Carbon dioxide pollution falls in New England, so limit is lowered

A cap-and-trade system is one of many factors that have helped slash emissions in the region.

July 18, 2013

Angry photog releases bloody photos of Boston bombing suspect

The pictures were taken when Tsarnaev was captured April 19, and are a response to Rolling Stone magazine's cover photo.

July 19, 2013

Ups and downs for Mainer in majors

Ryan Flaherty A strong work ethic guides Deering High grad Ryan Flaherty, who has gone from a starter to a reserve role for the Orioles.

July 19, 2013

Trayvon Martin's parents shocked by verdict

In the interview, Martin's mother questions why black children can't walk home without others assuming they are criminals.

July 18, 2013

'Glory': Civil War fight by black troops re-enacted Several photos included in this story

Civil War buffs mark the anniversary of a battle that showed the world black soldiers could fight.

July 19, 2013

MPBN to replace classical music host

The Maine network plans to eventually broadcast classical music on a separate radio channel.

July 18, 2013

R.I. beach-goers report bug-like marine critters

State officials told The Providence Journal the creatures are crustacean isopods, about a half-inch long and look like tiny red-brown shrimp.

July 18, 2013

N.H. fireworks victims sue homeowners

Thirteen people suffered injuries when an explosion on a Pelham, N.H., home's back deck set it on fire.

July 18, 2013

Former York emergency room nurse arrested

Police say they found drugs, ammunition and guns at the home of Michael Worrick-Soule, in violation of bail conditions for a previous arrest.

July 18, 2013

Heavy rain causes crashes, traffic jam on I-295

Torrential downpour made it difficult for drivers to see the cars in front of them.

July 18, 2013

British Open: Johnson the strongest link after opening round Several photos included in this story

 Zach Johnson takes the lead with superb putting and just one bogey on a brown course.

July 18, 2013

Moonshine moves out of backyards and into stores

New legal brands find their way onto shelves, propelled partly by a reality TV show that taps into the mythic nature of illegal outdoor distilling.

July 18, 2013

Maine's jobless rate unchanged for June

The unemployment rate stays at 6.8 percent, better than the national rate and the lowest it has been since November 2008.

July 18, 2013

New clubhouse at Portland golf course to open Friday

The city plans to dedicate the South Course Club House on Friday morning with refreshments and reduced rates.

July 18, 2013

As U.S. deficit drops, Moody's upgrades outlook for debt

The U.S. government is on track to report its lowest annual deficit in five years because of an improving economy, tax hikes and spending cuts.

July 18, 2013

Detroit files for largest municipal bankruptcy in history Video clip included

The decision comes after a long economic slide, and the strategy may be a model for other cities in deep distress.

July 18, 2013

Small business chief Karen Mills heading to Harvard

The Maine resident has led the agency since 2009.

July 18, 2013

Portland company gets $15 million in equity funding

The funds, from 13 investors, will allow expansion at BlueTarp, which services the building supply industry.

July 18, 2013

Pierce, Garnett: 'It's tough' not being Celtics anymore

Paul Pierce appeared dazed at times during his introductory news conference with New Jersey, while KG seemed to have a little easier time of it.

July 18, 2013

Spectators get warning in Chelsea fraud trial

A Whitefield contractor is back on the stand today in the trial of a former selectwoman who is accused of taking kickbacks.

July 18, 2013

Powerball winner from Maine buys home in Fla.

Gloria MacKenzie, 84, has bought a 6,322-square-foot, five-bedroom home in a gated golf course community. She formerly lived in a rented apartment.

July 18, 2013

Lightning blamed for fire at Portland car dealership

The fire was reported at 11 p.m. and caused substantial damage to the attic and roof of the building housing Bay City Motors, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Wassick.

July 18, 2013

N.H. family sues over injuries from fireworks

The suit says the homeowners failed to maintain safe conditions the day of a fireworks explosion that the fire marshal ruled accidental.

July 18, 2013

Weather service: 7,500 lightning strikes in Maine, N.H.

That figure doesn't include far northern Maine, which experienced some of the heaviest thunderstorms Wednesday night.

July 19, 2013

Class-action suit initiated against Maine company in train crash Several photos included in this story

Residents of a devastated Quebec town are seeking compensation for victims of the disaster, which killed 50 people.

July 18, 2013

Congressman 'stunned' that woman isn't his daughter

In February, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee received media attention after he sent Twitter messages to the 24-year-old Texas woman during the president's State of the Union address.

July 18, 2013

Relief from worst U.S. heat on the horizon, but not until weekend

Humid air and drought conditions make the heat especially hard to bear in some areas.

July 18, 2013

Bangor aviation-services company plans $5M hangar upgrade

C&L Aerospace provides services to the commercial and military aviation sectors.

July 18, 2013

Obama talks up health care rebates, lower premiums

At a White House event, he draws attention to $500 million in rebates going to nearly 9 million people under a provision of the law.

July 18, 2013

Potential witness against Bulger is found dead

Authorities are conducting an autopsy on Stephen Rakes, who was a vocal critic of James 'Whitey' Bulger leading up to the trial.

July 18, 2013

Amtrak's Downeaster facing slowdowns due to hot rails

The heat causes the steel rail to expand, and speeds must be lowered for safety.

July 19, 2013

Continued heat leads to extended call to conserve power in New England

The region's grid is expected to see peak demand this afternoon as residents struggle to stay cool.

July 19, 2013

Maine actor, cast mates nominated for Emmy Video clip included

Tim Simons, who grew up in Readfield, is one of seven regulars on the HBO show 'Veep,' nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

July 18, 2013

Alleged killer of Maine teen faces new charges

Police say a search of Kyle Dube's home last month revealed a stolen gun and other pilfered items. He's also accused of kidnapping and killing Nichole Cable.

July 18, 2013

Gen. Dempsey says U.S. considering use of force in Syria



July 18, 2013

Man's death in central Maine linked to Palmyra search

Police interview a man and seize evidence from a Palmyra home as part of the ongoing investigation.

July 18, 2013

Judge won't dismiss serious charge in Manning case

The charge that he aided the enemy is punishable by up to life in prison without parole.

July 18, 2013

Fire caused by lightning destroys Saco house, barn

One person was home at 71 Rocky Hill Road when they reported that lightning had struck the barn at 10:30 p.m., said Capt. Bill Madore of the Saco Fire Department.

July 18, 2013

Officer shot in showdown condemns Rolling Stone cover

'There's a number of people they could have picked for an arts and entertainment magazine than an alleged bomber.'

July 18, 2013

UMass researchers block Down syndrome chromosome

The result was accomplished with human cells grown in a lab dish, raising the possibility that a similar shutdown could someday be engineered in people.

July 18, 2013

Internet shows its muscle by making Emmy history

'House of Cards' becomes the first online series to nab a top nomination, and 'Arrested Development' also earns nods.

July 18, 2013

Opening of new Memorial Bridge uncertain

More work remains to be done before the new bridge is turned over to Maine and N.H.

July 18, 2013

Where's that royal baby? Is Kate overdue?

Dozens of reporters have already staked out the central London hospital where Kate is expected to give birth.

July 18, 2013

Son of Jerry Sandusky seeks to have name changed

Matt Sandusky told investigators that he also had been abused by his adoptive father.

July 18, 2013

Waterville officer disciplined for treatment of homeless man

The homeless man, Brian Charette, 33, submitted a signed statement to police May 11 saying that Sgt. Brian Gardiner had called him a 'mental retard.'

July 18, 2013

Texas Gov. Perry signs sweeping abortion restrictions

Only five of Texas' 42 abortion clinics currently meet the new requirements.

July 18, 2013

Maine man accused of leaving kids in sweltering car

Jeremiah Hollenbeck of Lebanon is charged with child endangerment and having stolen property.

July 18, 2013

Ex-partner faces off with Bulger in tense courtroom

Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi, a ruthless underworld killer, says he and 'Whitey' Bulger were FBI informants for 15 years.

July 18, 2013

Arrests made in Pa. crash that killed four on foot

28-year-old Samara Banks and her sons were killed as they crossed a busy roadway while walking home after visiting an aunt.

July 18, 2013

Mandela 'steadily improving' on 95th birthday

He is making 'remarkable progress' after tense weeks in which some South Africans talked about the possibility that he was on the verge of dying.

July 18, 2013

World survey sees China topping U.S. as superpower



July 18, 2013

Website helps Maine businesses report new hires

Under new requirements, businesses should report any newly hired or rehired employees to the state within seven days of hire.

July 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Manhole cover hits windshield, injuring driver / Company proposes to build new Route 1 shopping plaza / South Berwick man, 23, sentenced in fatal overdose ... and more news from around the state.

July 18, 2013

Maine, Alabama soldiers mark clash at Gettysburg Video clip included

The meeting between soldiers commemorates a more violent meeting of their predecessors 150 years ago this month.

July 18, 2013

Expert: Disrepair, lack of funds putting Maine jails in peril

The U.S. Justice Department official says the crisis is political with the state not keeping its promises.

July 18, 2013

For scare in space, Mainer had right stuff Several photos included in this story

Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who grew up in Bath and York, assists a colleague in distress during a walk outside the space station.

July 18, 2013

Barnacle Billy's founder, Ogunquit legend, dies at age 86

 'Billy' Tower Jr. opened his landmark restaurant in 1961 and hosted U.S. presidents, NFL quarterbacks and many others.

July 18, 2013

Portland native runs Tour de France route Video clip included

 Zoe Romano is close to completing the course on foot, a 2,115-mile trek that has no known precedent.

July 18, 2013

Maine tax-and-rent refund checks aren't coming

The new state budget replaced the property tax and rent 'circuit breaker' program with a tax credit that provides far less relief.

August 14, 2013

On Internet, Mainers can trace family roots this weekend

Ancestry.com is offering free access this week to a new batch of 220 million historical records.

July 18, 2013

Portland firefighters battling blaze on Warren Avenue

The location of the fire is near the Happy Wheels Skate Center.

July 18, 2013

Firefighters battle large barn fire in Saco

A dispatcher says the barn is attached to a residence.

July 17, 2013

Fatal Maine collision now blamed on inattention

The crash involving a pickup and tractor-trailer in New Sharon was thought earlier to involve alcohol.