News from October 8, 2013

October 9, 2013

New York detective faces charges in biker fracas

Police say he was shown on video damaging an SUV.

October 8, 2013

One arrested, two hospitalized during Portland concert

Police say at least four concertgoers ingested ‘an unknown substance.’

October 8, 2013

U.S. adults do poorly in global math, reading test

The results show us trailing many others, and reinforce the large skills gap among the nation’s workers.

October 9, 2013

Maine AG: Trooper justified in shooting of Maine teen

James Reynolds, 18, of West Paris, who reportedly is mentally ill, made a threat with a rifle, the attorney general says.

October 9, 2013

Double-billing Maine psychologist sentenced to eight months

She defrauded insurance companies of over $69,000 for more than three years.

October 9, 2013

Maine credit unions post record numbers

The state’s 61 credit unions reached highs in assets, loans and members in the first half of 2013

October 8, 2013

Maine man accused of pushing wife off cliff fights evidence

A lawyer for Charles Black says a search warrant for medical records lacked probable cause.

October 9, 2013

PUC orders disclosure of UMaine wind proposal details

The commission says it will work to release information that’s not deemed confidential by the end of the month.

October 8, 2013

Crash shuts down River Road in Windham for two hours

The road reopened at 5:45 p.m.

October 8, 2013

Two Brunswick children report suspicious incidents

Police say a girl and a boy both reported being approached by males in vehicles in the past month.

October 8, 2013

Gas leak outside Auburn Mall contained

A Unitil spokesman says there were no evacuations after a gas line was struck outside JCPenney.

October 8, 2013

89-year-old drug ‘mule’ pleads guilty in Detroit

Prosecutors are showing mercy by recommending a five-year prison sentence because of Leo Sharp’s age and his war service.

October 8, 2013

Scarborough won’t enforce new leash law yet

Town officials decide on a delay as a petition for a referendum on the ordinance is circulated.

October 9, 2013

TD Bank drops Portland as headquarters

Maine still will be a ‘hub,’ while the company’s sole headquarters will remain in Cherry Hill, N.J.

October 8, 2013

Forecast: Most U.S. heating bills to rise this winter

For those who use oil, the average bill should drop slightly, but it’s still the second-highest average on record.

October 8, 2013

Higgs, Englert win Nobel Prize in physics for ‘the God particle’

The Higgs boson is associated with an invisible field that is part of the basic infrastructure of the cosmos.

October 9, 2013

Shutdown leads to layoffs of 52 Maine state workers

The employees in the Disability Determination Office are paid with federal funds.

October 9, 2013

LePage selects funding expert as education chief

Jim Rier, longtime Department of Education finance director, becomes acting commissioner.

October 8, 2013

Sox broadcaster’s son pleads innocent in stabbing death

Jared Remy enters the plea during his arraignment on murder and assault charges, and the court orders him held without bail.

October 11, 2013

Fourth biker arrested in Manhattan road-rage assault case

The driver of the SUV that ran over and seriously injured one of the bikers has not been charged, even though some of the motorcycle riders say he sparked the violence.

October 9, 2013

House Republicans dismiss warnings of government default Several photos included in this story

The treasury secretary insists that default is inevitable ‘if we don’t have enough cash to pay our bills.’

October 9, 2013

Former ACLU director will challenge Susan Collins

Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester will launch her campaign Oct. 23 in Ellsworth and Portland.

October 8, 2013

Police investigating crash, attempted ATM theft in Waldoboro

The suspect or suspects crashed a truck into a supermarket entrance, then fled the scene early this morning.

October 8, 2013

Nyad tackles NYC pool marathon to help Sandy victims

Diana Nyad started her 48-hour swim this morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square.

October 8, 2013

School bus drivers strike, so Boston kids get lifts from cops

About 600 of the 700 drivers who work for the city’s bus contractor are on strike, affecting about 33,000 students.

October 8, 2013

Portland police arrest four, seize $30K in heroin, crack

The raid and arrests at 648 Congress St. follow a six-month investigation.

October 8, 2013

Portland loosens food truck rules

Trucks will face lower fees and may now cluster together to sell food, something that was previously prohibited.

October 8, 2013

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October 8, 2013

Maine man charged in three-county burglary spree

Police believe the man and another suspect are responsible for at least 30 burglaries in the last three months.

October 8, 2013

Kerry meets briefly with Russian, Chinese leaders

An official said the secretary spoke with Vladimir Putin for about 15 minutes primarily about Syria.

October 8, 2013

Kerry Kennedy in court for drugged-driving case

The daughter of Sen. Robert Kennedy was arrested last year after swerving her Lexus into a tractor-trailer.

October 8, 2013

Maine ethics panel recommends fines for casino backers

Stavros Mendros and Peter Robinson are accused of hiding the source of substantial contributions to their campaign in order to mislead voters

October 8, 2013

Bitten Calif. surfer says shark came from nowhere

“Sometimes you have a feeling that the water is weird,” he says.

October 8, 2013

U.S. adults score below average on worldwide test

Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas of the test.

October 9, 2013

Democrats try using debt bill to avoid default

Meanwhile, the stock markets start to lose confidence as the budget stalemate shows no signs of a solution

October 8, 2013

Maine church supper leads to hepatitis alert

Officials urge vaccinations for diners at the Durham event, where an infected volunteer served food.

October 8, 2013

Bicyclist hit by Maine bus awarded $750,000

Monica Semian, a student from Romania, was knocked off her bike and crushed by the rear wheels of the vehicle.

October 8, 2013

Police probe whether Maine shooting was justified Several photos included in this story

A clash between two lobstermen in North Yarmouth leaves one dead of gunshot wounds to the torso.

October 8, 2013

Some pay price for entering closed Acadia

Rangers issue a handful of citations over the weekend for alleged trespassing. The government shutdown closed the national park Oct. 1.

October 8, 2013

Central Maine Medical Center lauds ruling against Anthem

State regulator says the insurance provider can’t force customers to change doctors.

October 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Robbers dressed in black and white sought by police / Warning issued about driver’s license scams ... and more news from around the state.

October 8, 2013

Feature Obituary: Mary Axelsen, 66, worked three decades at First Technology

She had a passion for country line dancing and family.

October 8, 2013

Biddeford announces encore Main Street Challenge

Three winners will receive $20,000 incentive packages to open downtown businesses.

October 8, 2013

Terror suspect seen as trove of information

The man captured in a rare U.S. rendition likely holds secrets of al-Qaida’s strategy since 2001.

October 8, 2013

Supreme Court to ponder campaign-finance limits

The national Republican party wants the court to overturn the $123,200 limit on what contributors may give in a two-year federal election cycle.

October 8, 2013

Search fails to locate missing Winthrop man

The Maine Warden Service and Winthrop police searched the woods behind Thomas Devoy’s home, but found nothing.

October 8, 2013

Health care website still having glitches

After emergency repairs over the weekend, consumers in different parts of the country continue to report delays.

October 8, 2013

New Maine cellphone privacy laws take effect Wednesday

Law enforcement will now have to get search warrants to gather cellphone information including voicemails, text messages and location data.

October 8, 2013

Five Maine colleges make Princeton Review top schools list

Students also give their own take – from ‘lots of beer’ at Bates to ‘best campus food’ at Bowdoin.

October 7, 2013

In South Portland campaign, oil allies outspend opponents 10-1

The latest campaign-expense disclosures show in-kind donations play a key role for all parties.

October 8, 2013

Rays walk-off homer forces Game 4 Several photos included in this story

The Red Sox still have a 2-1 series advantage, but failed to close out Tampa on Monday night.

October 8, 2013

Scarborough school custodians fight to keep jobs

Contracting out cleaning services could save more than $250,000 per year, administration says.