News from March 26, 2013

March 27, 2013

Dangers of pesticides on cannabis pretty hazy

Marijuana Some types used by a Maine dispensary operation seem safe – but when smoked, the risk is unclear, officials say.

March 27, 2013

Proposed Maine agency would advance natural gas pipelines

Increased natural gas supplies and cheaper electricity would be among the benefits, advocates say.

March 27, 2013

Vt. relaxes review process for green energy projects

 Critics have charged that renewable energy developments are getting approval too easily.

March 27, 2013

Oakland man charged with knocking out pit bull, assaulting woman

Corey Wayne Hall, 28, of Oakland, was arrested Friday night on charges of domestic assault, cruelty to animals and obstructing the report of a crime.

March 27, 2013

Clinton teen badly hurt in fire; mother asks for prayers

Clayton Buzzell, 18, of Clinton was listed in critical condition Tuesday at a Portland hospital after being injured in a fire over the weekend that destroyed the second floor of his family's home.

March 26, 2013

Victim in suspected Biddeford homicide had survived 2003 shooting Video clip included

Charles Raybine, 47, of 6 Rathier St., who was killed early Tuesday morning, had previously survived being shot four times in 2003.

March 26, 2013

Lawmakers reject proposal to limit prisoners' rights

The bill, supported by the Department of Corrections, would have barred prisoners from seeking protection from vindictive officers.

March 26, 2013

Brewers put Rogers on DL

Rogers, from Orrs Island, was placed on the DL because of “right shoulder disability.

March 26, 2013

Biddeford man gets 6 years for child pornography

Pornography seized from Paul Roussele, 45, included videos of sadomasochism and bondage of preteen girls and sexual molestation of toddlers.

March 26, 2013

Federal investigators cite engine failure in fatal crash off Ft. Williams

The NTSB says Dr. Louis Hanson told air traffic controllers before crashing that he'd experienced a total power loss and was not going to be able to glide back to shore.

March 26, 2013

Source: Obama to name woman Secret Service head

Julia Pierson, currently the agency's chief of staff, does not need to be confirmed by the Senate.

March 26, 2013

Police: Man drives 11 miles wrong way on Mass Pike

Authorities say the 87-year-old Connecticut man drove in the shoulder next to the high-speed lane before he was stopped in Grafton.

March 26, 2013

Detective arrested in NH hit-and-run that injured 2 teens

A detective sergeant who was working in the Special Investigations Unit in Manchester turned himself in to police Tuesday – four days after two teenage boys were hit from behind.

March 26, 2013

Lewiston kicks 84 people off welfare rolls

Mayor Robert Macdonald says 50 are being removed for fraud, and the other 34 for not fulfilling obligations like completing job training.

March 26, 2013

Maine nonprofit agrees to pay $75K for improper billing

Support Solutions improperly billed Medicare and MaineCare for services provided by a program manager who had been excluded from participating in federal health care programs.

March 26, 2013

F.O.G. Festival raises $2,500 for food bank

This year's festival included performances by Blues Traveler's John Popper and Spin Doctors' Chris Barron.

March 26, 2013

Episcopal priest to spend 45 days in jail on drug conviction

 The Rev. Stephen Foote, who mailed suboxone to two jail inmates, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of possession of the prescription medication.

March 28, 2013

Maine lawmakers spar over tanning ban for minors

The Democratic-backed bill could make Maine the fourth state to prohibit anyone under 18 from indoor tanning.

March 26, 2013

Maine group delivers messages asking LePage to expand Medicaid

The governor, who's on vacation, hasn't decided whether the state should accept the government's offer of 100 percent funding for three years and 90 percent in the fourth.

March 26, 2013

2 Maine men arrested in NH robbery

Isaac White of Fryeburg and Walter Peek-Antolin of Brownfield, both 20, are accused of stealing a woman's purse at gunpoint.

March 26, 2013

Google clashes with Swedes over 'ungoogleable'

The Swedish version of the word – "ogooglebar" – made the Language Council of Sweden's list of words that have entered common parlance.

March 26, 2013

N. Korea puts artillery forces at top combat posture

The North Korean army's Supreme Command said it will take "practical military action" to protect national sovereignty and its leadership in response to what it called U.S. and South Korean plots to attack.

March 26, 2013

Kennebec Valley Community College evacuated, classes canceled

Police evacuated the college's main campus today after a student reported seeing the word 'bomb' scrawled in a bathroom.

March 26, 2013

Transparency group gives Maine a C- for public spending data

The grade is a notch above the 'D-' it received in 2012 and follows Gov. Paul LePage's creation of Maine Open Checkbook.

March 26, 2013

Maine man's sandcastle to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy

Ed Jarrett of Wiscasset, holder of the world record, will attempt to break it with an even taller sandcastle in New Jersey.

March 26, 2013

NJ professor's quixotic quest to be next president of Iran Video clip included

A Rutgers professor declared his candidacy for the Iranian presidency last year. He's now well into a quixotic quest that has taken him on fundraising jaunts from New York to California to Dubai and, finally, to Iran next month.

March 26, 2013

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashes into Pacific

The privately owned, unmanned capsule brings back more than a ton of science experiments and old International Space Station equipment. NASA is paying SpaceX more than $1 billion for a dozen round-trip missions.

March 26, 2013

Gun in Colo. prison chief's death matches Texas shootout weapon

The weapon match is part of a puzzle that authorities in two states are trying to piece together in the shooting death of corrections chief Tom Clements.

March 26, 2013

Police identify Biddeford shooting victim

The Biddeford man was shot to death inside his car in the parking lot of the Parish Place Apartment complex, police said.

March 26, 2013

Court might sidestep major ruling on Calif. gay marriage ban Several photos included in this story

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the potentially decisive vote on a closely divided court, suggested that the court could dismiss the case with no ruling at all.

March 26, 2013

Crews installing control house for Maine-NH bridge

The new Memorial Bridge between Kittery and Portsmouth is scheduled to be open to traffic this summer.

March 26, 2013

Maine man gets year in prison for sexually abusing girl

Prosecutors say Kyle Howard, 23, abused the 3-year-old girl while he was taking care of her at her house last August.

March 26, 2013

Maine officials warn 'mudders' to use caution

This is the time of year when drivers of four-wheel-drive pickups and other vehicles look for muddy roads and fields where they can slip, slide and spin their wheels.

March 26, 2013

Italian high court overturns Amanda Knox acquittal Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An appeals court is ordered to re-hear the murder case against the American and her Italian-ex-boyfriend.

March 26, 2013

Unusual coyote sparks mystery in Kennebunk

The animal that died under a Kennebunk home's porch last week has been identified as a rare white coyote.

March 26, 2013

North Yarmouth panel: Town needs manager position

The charter commission urges voters to make the switch as the demands on the growing town's government change.

March 26, 2013

Pelosi presses for law requiring paid sick time

Nancy Pelosi Democrat says 40 million in U.S. have no paid sick days, forcing them to work while they are ill or forfeit income.

March 26, 2013

Former Westbrook resident accused of recording teenage girls

 Police say Michael Femling secretly taped the girls with a hidden camera at a Westbrook residence between 2009 and 2011.

March 26, 2013

Bill to aid reporting overdoses

The N.H. measure would provide immunity for calling 911 to report a drug or alcohol emergency.

March 26, 2013

Gorham kindergarten panel to report findings

The Gorham committee will unveil its study on the possibility of providing a full-day program for kids.

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March 26, 2013

Courtside seats going for $6,000 this week

Tickets to Supreme Court arguments that begin today are technically free. But getting them requires lining up days or hours ahead, or paying someone else to.

March 26, 2013

Some lobstermen refuse to take bait on new surcharge

A plan to expand funding to promote sales may help dealers, but they doubt any benefits will trickle down to them.