Yesterday at 8:26 PM

Crews start Augusta cleanup as Kennebec River recedes Several photos included in this story

Flooding on the river was not as significant as anticipated; and Bond Brook, which never flooded, is no longer a threat.

Yesterday at 5:37 PM

Winthrop Masonic hall torn down Several photos included in this story

The Bowdoin Street hall was razed Thursday to make way for an expansion of the library next door.

Yesterday at 10:18 PM

LePage signs bill calling for removal of some local highway signs

The new law will bring the state into conformity with federal standards by requiring the removal of a quarter of signs directing drivers to secondary destinations.

Yesterday at 7:40 PM

Augusta council OKs three-year contracts for city employees

Negotiations also are underway to provide new contracts to two bargaining units that were not included in Thursday’s decision.

Yesterday at 8:08 PM

Maine man pleads guilty to twice robbing same Augusta pharmacy

Ryan McLaughlin, 26, who told police he had an addiction and was desperate, faces up to 20 years on each of two counts.

1:03 AM

LePage: Welfare penalty to cost Maine $7 million

The U.S. wants $7 million for non-compliance that LePage says he tried to fix, but others say a big fine is unlikely and the non-compliance is from 2011.

Yesterday at 5:18 PM

Rumford attorney resigns in wake of domestic violence terrorizing charge

The lawyer, who was convicted of calling in bomb threats to Wilton schools, is accused of making a threat against his wife to court personnel.

Yesterday at 6:24 PM

Waterville man charged with smashing downtown window

Police said Lance Huff, 37, of 58 Old Main St., Fairfield, was arrested Wednesday.

Yesterday at 6:04 PM

Producers casting in Maine for ‘social experiment’ reality TV show

On Fox’s “Utopia,” people with practical skills and strong opinions about how the world should work will build their own society.

Yesterday at 4:28 PM

Gardiner proposes tax increase

Gardiner City Manager Scott Morelli presented a recommended budget to councilors Wednesday night with an 8 percent tax hike.

Yesterday at 7:00 PM

Police: Vassalboro man bit girlfriend’s ear until it bled

Benjamin Lajoie, 23, of 1321 Cross Hill Road, Vassalboro, was charged outside Champions nightclub in Waterville with domestic violence assault.

12:05 AM

Final-hours push for Maine Medicaid expansion appears headed for another LePage veto

A new proposal would use federal money allocated to expand the program to help low-income Mainers buy private insurance coverage.

Yesterday at 5:44 PM

Pot-growing operation lands Waterville man in court

David Marchand, 40, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor to a charge of “manufacturing marijuana.”

Yesterday at 6:34 PM

Kennebec Journal police log

Augusta-area police reports for April 17, 2014.

7:49 AM

Maine student suspended for squirt gun likely playing ‘Assassin,' police say

Under rules of the game, participants try to squirt an assigned target, often in public.

8:50 AM

Transcript of distress call by South Korean ferry

‘The ship has listed a lot. Can’t move. Please come quickly.’

8:50 AM

Vice principal rescued from South Korea ferry found hanged Several photos included in this story

Police are seeking arrest warrants for captain and two crewmembers after ship’s sharp turn and slow evacuation.

6:34 AM

Former Biddeford pastor pleads guilty to child porn, gets probation

His entire five-year prison sentence was suspended for 12 years of probation.

8:28 AM

12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest Video clip included

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them.

Yesterday at 10:24 PM

Rushdie addresses Colby audience

Yesterday at 4:04 PM

Gardiner organizations honored for volunteerism

Gardiner Federal Credit Union and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gardiner received Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism for supporting their community.

Yesterday at 12:26 PM

Maine approves bill to hold OUI offenders more accountable

The measure allows prosecutors to consider a driver’s lifetime felony offenses, rather than being limited to looking back 10 years.

Yesterday at 6:44 PM

Dexter flooding highlights need for data on Maine’s rivers

Federal sequestration has resulted in the loss of hundreds of river gauges nationwide, including on the Sebasticook.

Yesterday at 9:48 PM

Obamacare sign-ups reach 8 million, boosted by young adults

That 35 percent of those enrollees are under age 35 is crucial to the health care law’s success.

Yesterday at 4:12 PM

Farmington chimney fire quickly extinguished

A Thursday morning fire damaged the floor and walls near the chimney of the Philbrick Road home.

Yesterday at 11:40 AM

Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

Living alone and feeling unhappy, the 74-year-old high-school dropout decided to change his situation by committing a crime in order to get caught.

Yesterday at 4:20 PM

Franklin County physical education get $2 million federal grant

The money will be used over three years for programs for Franklin County students.

Yesterday at 6:56 PM

Summit turns on gas flow to Madison Paper

The connection is the final link in what the company calls its 68-mile steel backbone transmission pipeline from Pittston to Madison.

April 16

State’s high court asked to dismiss Richmond woman’s claim

Linda J. Clifford says she was picked up by two state troopers and taken from her home for a second psychiatric evaluation at the same hospital and strip-searched by male security guards.

April 16

Former Patriot, Black Bear Mulligan visits Pittston school Video clip included

The former New England tight end, who recently signed with the Chicago Bears, led a school assembly Wednesday to emphasize exercise and nutrition.

April 16

Two dogs with mouths full of porcupine quills left at Waterville shelter

Humane Society Waterville Area hopes the owner of the Great Dane and terrier will sign surrender papers so the dogs can be adopted.

Yesterday at 11:02 PM

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she’s very excited, a sentiment echoed by her parents.

Yesterday at 3:19 PM

Waterville tax rate hike sparks heated debate

A Waterville lawyer told the council that the city is facing a financial crisis, but Mayor Karen Heck said numbers are misleading.

April 16

Six indicted on sex crime charges in Franklin County

A Franklin County Grand Jury found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial on the felony cases.

Yesterday at 6:06 PM

Cain, Poliquin virtually tied in fundraising

As the leaders jockey for party support, their opponents say they have enough money to be competitive in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Yesterday at 10:57 PM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate and literary giant, dies at 87 Several photos included in this story

The hugely popular Spanish-language novelist may be best known for the epic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude.’

12:41 AM

Former Maine bank teller gets month in prison for embezzling $26,000

Brittany Mace stole from customers at Bangor Savings Bank in 2010 and 2011, and many of them were elderly or disabled.

Yesterday at 6:05 AM

UMaine System administrator received $40,000 raise

The chancellor agrees others may object in this time of deep cuts, but he wanted to keep the system’s top financial officer from leaving.

April 16

Car catches fire in Pittsfield; potato truck leaves highway in Carmel

Interstate 95 was the site of two accidents late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

1:01 AM

Star treatment as new Nova Scotia ferry arrives in Portland Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The ship is escorted with fanfare into the harbor, where it will put the ‘port’ back in Portland when service to-and-from Canada begins, the mayor says.

Yesterday at 11:10 AM

Maine 10th-grader suspended for 10 days for having squirt gun

The bright yellow squirt gun fell out of the student’s backpack.

Yesterday at 8:11 AM

Lawmakers send overdose antidote bill to Gov. LePage

The bill is amended slightly in an effort to win the governor’s approval.

April 16

Poll shows LePage, Michaud in virtual tie in Maine race for governor

The survey gives the governor a slight lead -- his first in public poll -- but margin of error, other surveys indicates dead heat.

April 16

Waterville residents will learn garbage in, garbage out has a price

Residents are resisting a pay-as-you-throw proposal, but the cost of dealing with their tons of garbage is a lot higher.

April 16

Daschle, speaking at Colby, praises nation’s health care progress

The former U.S. Senate majority leader said America is “transitioning from an illness system to a wellness system.”

April 16

Kennebec Journal police log

Augusta-area police reports for April 16, 2014.

April 16

Kennebec County Superior Court sentences

The hearings were held Tuesday.

April 16

Kennebec floods in Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The river flooded parking lots and spilled into several riverside building basements, but no obvious major damage has been done.

Yesterday at 11:59 PM

Less-educated whites see sharp decline in life expectancy

While longevity in the United States has risen steadily overall, a study finds undereducation, especially among females, has a dramatic correlation with dying younger.

Yesterday at 8:54 AM

Winterport man sentenced on sex charges

David Hyatt will serve nine months for abusing a male child.

Yesterday at 8:10 AM

Bates football captain faces assault charges

Mac Jackson was intoxicated when he burst into a stranger’s home and injured a resident

Yesterday at 7:34 PM

Three killed in Black Sea base attack in Kiev

Around 300 pro-Russian protesters attempted an overnight raid armed with stun grenades and firebombs.

Yesterday at 8:12 AM

Putin hopes for no need to send troops into Ukraine

During a call-in show, the Russian leader criticized the West’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Yesterday at 6:31 PM

Chubby Checker visits N.H. diner

The singer famous for his 1960 song 'The Twist' is promoting a new single.

Yesterday at 6:40 AM

Fate of kidnapped Nigerian girls still unknown

Previous reports said the more than 100 kidnapped were safe; school principal says only 14 have returned.

12:39 AM

Deal reached on calming Russia, Ukraine tensions – for now Several photos included in this story

Russia’s pledge to refrain from further provocation draws support but also skepticism from President Obama.

April 15

Used condoms, sex paraphernalia seized in Litchfield raid

The investigation into an alleged prostitution ring was conducted by Augusta, state and federal agents.

April 15

Hallowell road could be closed five months for turnpike bridge project

The project may add to confusion on roads expected to be dominated by natural gas crews and could lead the city to put off planned paving projects.

April 15

Rollover crash injures two in Manchester

One man was thrown from the car and suffered a leg injury, while the driver sustained minor cuts and scrapes.

April 16

Maine Senate upholds LePage veto of solar rebate bill

The governor objected to the bill because it would’ve added 60 cents a year to residents’ electric bills.

April 16

Franklin County sheriff gets nod for budget, but not for civil deputy

Sheriff Scott Nichols proposed using excess revenue from serving civil papers to fund the department.

April 16

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

One of last year’s runners, who was competing as an amputee, returns to complete what he started – and he brings two friends.

April 16

Seabird familiar to Maine spotted for first time in Pacific

The northern gannet is spotted on Alcatraz Island and other sites. Scientists believe it flew across the Arctic Sea in 2012 when ice coverage was low.

Yesterday at 12:31 AM

Ex-Maine State Police chief pleads not guilty to child sex charges

The judge allows Andrew Demers Jr., who served 26 years with the state police, to remain free on $5,000 bail.

April 15

Construction expo in Augusta holding job fair Wednesday

Construction Expo of Maine, sponsored by the Maine Chapter National Association of Women in Construction, is hosting its annual job fair Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

April 15

Maine marathon participants undaunted by Boston bombings

Runners with ties to central Maine say they see the world as a less safe place but are determined not to live their lives in fear.

April 15

Maine Senate fails to override LePage’s veto of MaineCare rides bill

The vote along party lines is 20-15, which falls short of the two-thirds majority necessary for a successful override.

April 15

Sidney man accused of raping 4-year-old seeks bail

Eric Bard has been held in jail or at the Riverview Psychiatric Center since July 2012.

April 15

Husband of Kingfield teacher killed in crash files lawsuit

Andrew Hodgins is suing Craig Gage for allegedly driving negligently when his van struck a van driven by Samantha Wright.

April 15

New Sharon couple charged with drug possession

A child reported the couple’s apparent overdose last week.