News from July 19, 2013

July 19, 2013

Sea Dogs drop eighth in a row

Portland pulls within one run of Reading.

July 19, 2013

DNA tests buffer belief that DeSalvo was Boston Strangler Several photos included in this story

The tests confirm that Albert DeSalvo killed the woman belied to be the serial killer's last victim.

July 19, 2013

Police looking for missing python at Dartmouth College

The 3-foot-long reptile may have escaped from a co-ed Greek organization.

July 20, 2013

Portland swimmer swept away by current later dies

The man reportedly urged other swimmers near the Casco Bay Bridge to rescue his girlfriend first.

July 19, 2013

Police say Waterboro man shot neighbors' dog

No summons has yet been issued in the case under investigation by the York County Sheriff's Office.

July 19, 2013

Media seek access to more Aaron Hernandez documents

The former New England Patriots star is accused of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

July 19, 2013

House Republicans vote to replace 'No Child' education law

The measure passes with no support from Democrats, who are working on their own bill in the Senate.

July 19, 2013

NY woman accused of posing as Boston Marathon victim

Audrea Gause fraudulently collected $480,000 by posing as a victim with a brain injury, police say.

July 19, 2013

Police: Men say Texas captor held them to take their checks Video clip included

The men, three of whom were malnourished, were kept in a garage that police liken to a 'dungeon.'

July 19, 2013

Crash scene cleared on outer Congress Street

Portland police say a vehicle overturned near the entrance to the Unum campus and two people are injured.

July 19, 2013

Kerry wins step to resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Israel and Palestinian negotiators will soon meet in Washington to work out final details of relaunching peace negotiations.

July 19, 2013

N.H. search for diver is now recovery effort

The diver had been checking lobster traps near the Mildred Long Bridge.

July 19, 2013

Majority group backs Bennett for Maine GOP chair

The Maine Republican State Committee is expected to elect the former Senate president on Saturday.

July 20, 2013

Teenager faces fine in Berwick teacher's death

Cameron Clair crossed the center line on Route 4, killing teacher Amy Harris and injuring her two young children.

July 19, 2013

N.H. police seek man who robbed TD Bank customer

The customer had just withdrawn money from an ATM in Hampton.

July 19, 2013

Lightning strikes send two boats to bottom of Lake Winnipesaukee

One was a 22-foot sailboat and the other was a 28-foot runabout.

July 19, 2013

Obama says Trayvon 'could have been me' years ago Video clip included

But the president declines to wade into legal questions about the Florida case, saying, 'Once the jury's spoken, that's how our system works.'

July 19, 2013

It's official: 'D' changed to grade 'C' at 2 Maine schools

Lake Region and Mount Abram highs benefit from a state error in calculating test participation rates.

July 19, 2013

Families of 19 Arizona firefighters to get lump sum payments

The dead firefighters' families also will receive ongoing financial compensation.

July 19, 2013

Six face heroin, cocaine charges in Skowhegan

Police are searching for another suspect and say more arrests are expected as a result of a month-long investigation.

July 19, 2013

Coroner confirms teen in Asiana crash was killed by vehicle

Officials believe 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, a Chinese student, was struck by a specialized fire vehicle.

July 19, 2013

Police identify central Maine man whose death is considered suspicious Several photos included in this story

In addition to several police at the Detroit home, a diver could be seen in a nearby swampy area.

July 19, 2013

Boston bomb photos show ‘face of evil’ Several photos included in this story

The officer who released the photos to counter a Rolling Stone article has a cottage in Biddeford.

July 19, 2013

Black Mountain ski area to remain open

More than $125,000 is raised in three weeks, enough to ensure skiing will continue for the coming winter.

July 20, 2013

Insufficient brake force blamed for train disaster

Investigators still aren't sure if the brake problems were due to mechanical issues or human error.

July 19, 2013

Tractor-trailer cuts corner, clips Portland traffic light

The crash happened at 2 a.m., police said. Nobody was injured.

July 19, 2013

Portland surpasses record-high temperature Several photos included in this story

The city passed a 31-year-old high temperature record for July 19 by reaching 95 degrees shortly after 4 p.m.

July 19, 2013

Portland OKs pier leases for two seafood processors

Shucks Maine Lobster will open an 18,800-square-foot facility on the Maine State Pier in January. Ready Seafood Co. will expand its existing operations on the pier.

July 19, 2013

DNA links Boston Strangler suspect to last victim

The DNA finding 'leaves no doubt that Albert DeSalvo was responsible for the brutal murder of Mary Sullivan,' says Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

July 19, 2013

Portland councilors to vote on proposed foam ban

The ordinance would prohibit polystyrene food packaging at city events starting July 1, 2015.

July 19, 2013

Maine trial of ex-selectwoman focuses on her workers' comp claims

Carole Swan of Chelsea walks into the courtroom stiffly and slowly as Friday's proceedings began in Bangor.

July 19, 2013

Two Maine towns share $375K in development awards

The awards given to Kennebunk and St. John Plantation will result in the creation of 13 new jobs, according to state officials.

July 19, 2013

Bonny Eagle hires principal from Gray-New Gloucester

Paul Penna will take the helm at Bonny Eagle High School, replacing Beth Schultz, whose contract wasn't renewed.

July 19, 2013

New home for disabled going up in Scarborough

Casa Inc. is breaking ground today on its new 16-bed facility.

July 19, 2013

Vet returns to N. Korea to seek remains of first black Navy aviator Several photos included in this story

An Aegis destroyer now under construction at Bath Iron Works bears the name of Medal of Honor winner Thomas Hudner, who was honored at a ceremony in Maine in April.

July 19, 2013

Pope creates new commission of inquiry for finance

It is the third such commission Francis has named in his four months as pope and signals that big changes are coming.

July 19, 2013

Portland gunshots nearly hit sleeping child

Police canvas the East Bayside neighborhood for witnesses and videotape that might show who was in the area.

July 19, 2013

Deadly derailment won't stop oil on trains

Without new pipelines in North America, there's no other way to transport vast amounts of crude from the middle of the continent to its coasts.

July 19, 2013

Maine town gets 49 applications for police chief

Paris Interim Chief Jerry Hinton says all the applicants are men and come from as far away as California and Florida.

July 19, 2013

Fairfield dog owner charged with cruelty

Police said passers-by saw James Wiggins dragging his dog, now being treated for heat exhaustion and abrasions, down Norridgewock Road and many of them called police.

July 19, 2013

Boat fires caused by lightning strike in N.H.

The boats were docked at a yacht club on Lake Winnipesaukee.

July 19, 2013

Russian opposition leader released day after conviction

A judge says that Alexei Navalny's incarceration would 'prevent him from exercising his rights of being elected.'

July 19, 2013

Partner says Bulger was involved in many killings

Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi testifies that 'Whitey' Bulger personally killed Flemmi's girlfriend and others.

July 19, 2013

Lewiston arson suspect won't be tried as an adult

The April 29 fire was one of three large blazes in the city in a week. Another 13-year-old boy and two men face charges in the other fires.

July 19, 2013

I-295 in Portland reopens after morning shutdown

Downed utility lines closed the interstate in both directions for several hours early this morning.

July 19, 2013

Senate compromise caps future student loan rates

 But the plan being crafted by Senate leaders ties the loans to market rates.

July 19, 2013

Maine's tracks getting lots of safety scrutiny, regulator says

Parking an unoccupied train overnight isn't against regulations, but it's not 'standard procedure,' Maine's representatives are told.

July 19, 2013

New England Dispatches

Orthodontist agrees to pay $800,000 in overbilling deal / DA who caused 4-car crash says he blacked out ... and more news from around the region.

July 19, 2013

Delegation from Maine offers help in Quebec

The group from Franklin County meets with the mayor of the devastated town of Lac-Megantic.

July 19, 2013

Down syndrome advance reported

Researchers at UMass have found a way to shut down the extra chromosome that causes the developmental problems in people with the disorder.

July 19, 2013

New England fishery disaster bill sent to Senate

The plan requests millions of dollars to help the New England groundfishing fleet adapt and survive.

July 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Prosecutor suspended from practice for 30 days / Suspect in Maine teen's killing also faces burglary charge / Ex-nurse charged with violating bail conditions ... and more news from around the state.

July 19, 2013

Bill Nemitz: No rock star status for a monster

For many who took time to read Rolling Stone's article and understand the cover photo, they found the the journalism both fascinating and important.

July 19, 2013

In compromise, Portland raises car-towing fees to $85

Although wrecker companies asked for the change, they say it's still not enough to pay the bills.

July 19, 2013

Jurors watch video clips of former Maine selectwoman

Brief video excerpts from Carole Swan's police interview are played at her trial.

July 19, 2013

Relentless heat roasts Portland area

 The National Weather Service says we're in for the hottest day of the season, presenting danger to some residents.

July 19, 2013

Obama ponders canceling Moscow talks with Putin

The White House is dangling that option over the Russians as Moscow considers a temporary asylum petition from Edward Snowden.

July 19, 2013

Saco Drive-In hopes Honda contest will be its savior

 Winners of a favorite-theater contest will receive the highly expensive digital system many need to survive.

July 19, 2013

Flash mob event headed for Portland

The organizers won't say where the flash mob will turn up on Aug. 5, but they are now recruiting and hope to make it the largest in Maine's history.