News from May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie discloses weight-loss surgery

Chris Christie The famously round governor says he had his stomach banded for his health, not his career.

May 7, 2013

Governor offers Lewiston residents little hope of funding assistance Video clip included

While reviewing fire damage Tuesday in his hometown of Lewiston, Gov. Paul LePage dismissed a suggestion that he had "discretionary" funds he could tap to help the more than 200 residents who have been displaced by three major blazes in the past 10 days.

May 7, 2013

Reading takes a 5-1 victory over Sea Dogs

The loss is only the second in 10 games for Portland.

May 7, 2013

Ex-S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford reclaims his old congressional seat

Sanford's political career disintegrated four years ago when he disappeared for five days to Argentina with his mistress and later paid a $70,000 ethics fine for using public money to fly for personal purposes.

May 7, 2013

Freeport non-profit acquires property at former Navy base in Brunswick

Seeds of Independence acquires two buildings at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

May 7, 2013

Delaware lawmakers OK same-sex marriage

The legislative battles on the issue are now moving to the Midwest, where the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a marriage bill later this week.

May 7, 2013

Diners look on as Portland police investigate a burglary and a theft

Police say the appearance of several officers is no cause for concern.

May 7, 2013

Maine court again finds ex-teacher's sentence on sex charges was excessive

Theodore Stanislaw of Blue Hill was originally sentenced to 28 years, then 27 years, but the court recommends one-third to one-half of that.

May 7, 2013

Panel votes to kill bills stalling or blocking Maine east-west highway

The legislative committee does, however, recommend passage of a bill to repeal the requirement for a feasibility study on the proposed $2 billion project.

May 8, 2013

Man arrested after chase in Windham that reached 110 mph

The driver eventually stops and runs into some woods, only to be arrested when he emerges.

May 7, 2013

Colorado theater shootings suspect to enter insanity plea

James Holmes' attorneys have put it off for weeks, saying state laws on the death penalty and insanity overlap in ways that violate Holmes' constitutional rights and his ability to mount an effective defense.

May 7, 2013

Saco horse barn burns, but only chickens are lost

Wind fanned the flames at the rural location, but firefighters are able to save a nearby storage building.

May 7, 2013

Dow closes above 15,000 for first time

The milestone marks the latest chapter in the market's ascent this year.

May 7, 2013

Kennebunk will remove dangerous tree roots from Gooch's Beach

Town officials are concerned that swimmers will be injured by the exposed tree roots.

May 7, 2013

Forum to roll out facts, figures on Portland's bike-share program

The program is designed to provide affordable access to bicycles for short-distance trips in urban areas as an alternative to automobiles.

May 7, 2013

Senate OKs bill to selectively raise Maine interstate speeds

The bill authorizes raising the speed limit to 75 mph where it's deemed safe to do so.

May 7, 2013

Charter panel approves scaled-down Baxter Academy for fall

Construction at the Portland school's York Street location began last week, and Kelli Pryor, chairwoman of school's board, said they would make hiring teachers a priority.

May 7, 2013

Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s

Two reports, one public, one private, show a decrease in gun homicides between 1993 and 2011

May 7, 2013

Kennebunkport named one of 'America’s Happiest Seaside Towns'

The ranking in Coastal Living magazine’s is based on criteria that included healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability and standard of living.

May 7, 2013

Neighbors say police were called to house in recent years

Two neighbors of the house where the missing women were found in Cleveland say police were called to the house in recent years due to suspicious activity.

May 7, 2013

N.H. clerk punched in face over bag of crackers



May 7, 2013

Study finds distracted driving deaths underreported

The underreporting makes the problem of distracted driving appear less significant than it actually is, and impedes efforts to win passage of tougher laws, the National Safety Council says.

May 7, 2013

Portland teen sentenced to 8 years for rape

“This was a terrible assault on a sleeping, helpless victim,” says Judge Richard Mulhern, adding that he found nothing in Mohammed Mukhtar’s behavior, other than his young age, to warrant a lesser sentence.

May 7, 2013

Maine Medical Center announces hiring freeze

The hospital also freezes some travel, cuts its catering costs and reduces overtime to offset a $13.4 million operating loss through the first six months of its fiscal year.

May 7, 2013

Maine House upholds veto of car-fee increase bill

The vetoed bill would have allowed towns and cities to increase driver licensing and vehicle registration service fees.

May 7, 2013

S.C.'s Sanford: I won't run for office again if I lose election

South Carolina voters cast ballots today in an election that pits the former Republican governor against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

May 7, 2013

Airman who led sex assault unit charged in groping

A police report says Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, was drunk and grabbed a woman's breast and buttocks. Police say the woman fought him off and called police.

May 7, 2013

Coast Guard seeks help finding Maine SOS caller

The Coast Guard launched a boat and searched throughout the night for a vessel in distress in Blue Hill Bay.

May 7, 2013

NJ governor Christie had secret weight loss surgery

The Republican governor, who turned 50 in September, is running for a second term in 2013, and is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.

May 7, 2013

Old Town man gets 3 years in prison for robberies

Anthony Patricelli, 20, pleads guilty to taking part in robberies at a mini mart in Veazie and a home in Milford. A pellet gun was used in both robberies.

May 7, 2013

Lyman mom crashes SUV, killing 4-year-old; police cite speed

According to police, the vehicle was a short distance from the family’s home on Walker Road when it went out of control and hit a tree.

May 7, 2013

Search drags on for burial spot for bomb suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's mother says in a phone interview today that she wants to bury Tamerlan in her native Dagestan, but Russia is not allowing her to bring back the body.

May 7, 2013

Maine educators get briefings on new laptops

Director of Learning Technology Jeff Mao will hold webinars to explain how the state chose certain specs and components.

May 7, 2013

Dispatches

Saco police arrest another man on indecent conduct charge / Bangor death ruled a homicide, man charged with killing . . . and more news from around the state.

May 7, 2013

School budget headed to Portland voters cuts 49 positions

It also calls for a 3 percent property tax increase to support Portland schools in difficult budget times.

May 7, 2013

Gomez faces uphill battle in Massachusetts

Gabriel Gomez, Edward Markey Republican skepticism is blocking the flow of money and manpower that helped Scott Brown.

May 7, 2013

Security under scrutiny for Beach to Beacon race

Organizers discuss how the bombings in Boston could alter security for the Aug. 3 road race.

May 7, 2013

Feature obituary: Dr. Howard Deming, 81, had passions for radiology, family, golf



May 7, 2013

Man said he killed student during sex

But authorities say a UNH student was the victim of an attempted sex assault that was not consensual.

May 7, 2013

Praise for bill to add public election funds

Although no foes attend a hearing, Gov. LePage opposes strengthening the Clean Election Act.

May 7, 2013

Cause of Waterville fire unknown

 The blaze, which destroyed one building and damaged two others, caused too much damage for its cause to be pinpointed.

May 7, 2013

Jails statewide face funding shortfall

Officials say layoffs are possible as the state Board of Corrections is short $700,000.

May 7, 2013

Fear has some ready to pack up and leave city

Meanwhile, residents speculate on whether the frequent fires will continue, or are just coincidence.

May 7, 2013

State union seeks meeting with LePage on possible shutdown

The MSEA wants to discuss terms of the 'inevitable,' but a LePage aide says no shutdown plan directive has been issued.

May 7, 2013

After no sex for 17 years, cicadas to turn East Coast into love nest Video clip included

 Since 1996, this group of 1-inch bugs, in wingless nymph form, has been a few feet underground, sucking on tree roots and biding their time.

May 7, 2013

Portland moves toward ban on Styrofoam packaging

Plastic packaging is one of the most common forms of litter in the city and polystyrene contains a chemical that poses serious environmental and public health risks, according to the city's website.

May 7, 2013

Westbrook rubber plant to come down in 90 days

The City Council approves an agreement that requires the demolition of the former Maine Rubber Co. factory.

May 7, 2013

Cleveland police face questions after long-missing women are found Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Three brothers, including a former school bus driver, are arrested, but no charges are filed.

May 6, 2013

Firefighters respond to garage fire in Lyman

Firefighters are able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby house.