News from March 27, 2013

March 28, 2013

State police identify suspects in Yarmouth drug store robbery

The suspects are receiving treatment in a local hospital and have not been charged yet.

March 27, 2013

Legislators grill Corrections chief on use-of-force incidents

 The panel suggests the department could use an internal-affairs unit.

March 27, 2013

Maine couples watch DOMA case closely

 Numerous federal benefits are currently denied to same-sex spouses under the law enacted in 1996.

March 28, 2013

Committee members want new draft of Maine liquor bill

The lawmakers say that combining the best of the two plans would resolve the partisan dispute.

March 29, 2013

Clinton officer charged with assault was fired in 2010

Officer Scott Francis, under investigation by the town and state, faces charges for domestic violence assault.

March 27, 2013

Location of high-voltage lines targeted

Health concerns prompt a bill to require that new power lines be set back at least 300 feet from homes.

March 28, 2013

Great State of Maine Air Show has been canceled

 Uncertainty associated with sequestration is blamed by officials, who stage the show.

March 27, 2013

Gun-control group to aim at Collins in Maine TV ads

The $12 million ad buy in selected states is designed to build support for universal background checks, including guns sold at shows or in private transactions.

March 28, 2013

Waterboro woman shoots, kills neighbor's dog

The woman said that local police, after several complaints, took no action against the dog or its owner.

March 27, 2013

Gorham panel: All-day kindergarten too costly

A report released Wednesday does not recommend extending Gorham's kindergarten program.

March 27, 2013

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust hires executive director

Stefan Jackson will be the first person to fill the new position.

March 28, 2013

Consultant: Portland should hire firefighters to cut overtime

 An outside report cites inadequate staffing in some areas of the Portland department, despite its large numbers.

March 27, 2013

Robbery chase ends in I-295 crash

A high-speed chase following a pharmacy robbery has resulted in the closure of part of I-295 in Freeport.

March 27, 2013

Legislative panel rejects bill to allow single-gender classrooms

The Education Committee voted down the bill in a 13-1 vote, but it will go to the full Legislature for consideration.

March 27, 2013

Maine Hospital Association backs Medicaid expansion

Jeff Austin, the association's lobbyist, confirmed that the organization would support expansion, a key component of the federal health care law.

March 27, 2013

Maine bill would ban fiddlehead, mushroom foraging without OK

If passed by lawmakers, the bill would make it a civil violation to take plants, minerals, objects or anything else that exists naturally from private property without approval.

March 27, 2013

Records provide new look at Ariz. shooting spree

The records, released by the Pima County sheriff's department, include transcribed interviews with witnesses and various police reports, and provide new insight into how the shooting occurred.

March 27, 2013

Portland Library's new Book Mobile gets rolled out Tuesday

The 24-foot-long mobile library will be equipped with solar panels, wireless Internet capabilities and sides that open up for additional book and material storage and programming.

March 27, 2013

House Democrats pass bill to hike minimum wage

The bill would increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2016 and rise incrementally with inflation thereafter.

March 28, 2013

Bill allowing 75 mph on I-295 advances

 But a state official says it won't lead to an increased speed limit through the Portland region.

March 27, 2013

Portland Children's Film Festival selects 28 student films

In all, 49 films produced by160 Portland area students were submitted to the festival for consideration.

March 27, 2013

Portland business continues fight over paper mill case

A Portland company led by energy consultant Richard Silkman says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's market manipulation case against Rumford Paper Co. "will not hold up to scrutiny in a fair, judicial setting.”

March 28, 2013

High court skeptical of federal marriage act Video clip included

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decisive vote in close cases, joins the four more liberal justices in raising questions about denying married gay couples from receiving federal marriage benefits.

March 27, 2013

Calif. city uses 'smart' meters to offer free Wi-Fi

The new meters send electricity and water usage reports via a wireless network, but in Santa Clara they also have a separate channel that provides free, outdoor Internet.

March 27, 2013

Maine bottle redemption fraud conviction upheld

A man found guilty of redemption fraud in 2011 appealed his conviction to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

March 27, 2013

Minor fire at correctional facility in Alfred extinguished

The fire was reported at a center that helps inmates prepare for their release from prison.

March 27, 2013

North Korea says it has cut key military hotline

In a statement announcing the shutdown, the North repeated its claim that war may break out any moment.

March 27, 2013

Rhode Island city drops cussing cockatoo case

Police say it was in the city's best interest not to use its resources to try to enforce a $15 citation.

March 27, 2013

Boston man convicted of killing Maine woman over drugs

Amos "Ace" Don is found guilty of fatally shooting 29-year-old Erica Field of Lewiston as retribution for missing heroin.

March 27, 2013

Petraeus: Sorry for affair that led to resignation

"I know I can never fully assuage the pain that I inflicted on those closest to me and a number of others."

March 27, 2013

4 sued in connection with fatal West Paris crash

The father of a 16-year-old West Paris girl killed in a car crash last year has sued the driver and three others.

March 27, 2013

Maine House leader's bill would expand dental care

The bill from the House Speaker Mark Eves would establish a license for mid-level dental hygiene therapists to provide limited oral care focused on prevention.

March 27, 2013

Federal funds approved for dredging of Scarborough River

The project qualified for the money because of the excessive shoaling caused by Hurricane Sandy.

March 27, 2013

Dispatches

Support Solutions settles over health-care billings / Young man gets year term for sexual abuse of toddler . . . and more news from around the state.

March 27, 2013

Bulger seeks to overturn ruling that barred immunity defense

Reputed gangster, who is due to be tried in June, claims he has immunity for past and future crimes.

March 27, 2013

Featured obituary: Jean Sawyer, 81, Gorham variety store owner

 Mrs. Sawyer and her husband, Hall C. Sawyer Jr., were longtime owners of the popular Sawyer's Variety in Gorham's Little Falls neighborhood.

March 27, 2013

New England Dispatches



March 27, 2013

Ex-legislator pleads down to criminal threatening

Frederick L. Wintle, 60, of Garland, had completed a 12-month deferred disposition for pulling a handgun on a stranger on May 21, 2011, outside a Waterville Dunkin' Donuts.

March 27, 2013

Public views sought on school calendar changes

A Portland study group's final ideas include a later start for high schoolers and a longer class day.

March 27, 2013

Seat belt crackdown raises quota concerns

A state police directive says troopers should issue seven tickets a month to stem deaths of the young.

March 27, 2013

Supreme Court wary on gay marriage

Supreme Court and Prop 8 Justices signal it's too early in the issue's evolution for a broad ruling.

March 27, 2013

Food bank to carry on despite eviction Video clip included

 York County Food Rescue secures temporary space in Alfred to store pallets of food as it looks for a permanent home.

March 27, 2013

OOB chooses interim manager

 The former Rockport manager will earn $1,500 a week until a permanent replacement is found.

March 27, 2013

Newlywed Mainers hope court cleans up a tax mess



March 27, 2013

Bill Nemitz: A hunger to excel trumps controversy

You'd think all those parents hoping to enroll their kids in the Baxter Academy of Technology and Science would be in full retreat by now . . .

March 27, 2013

Colorado sheriffs decry new gun-control laws as unenforceable

John Hickenlooper The resistance reflects the views of hundreds of rural law enforcement officers across the United States.