News from April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

Commotion over duffle bag much ado about nothing

A duffel bag that drew the attention of a bomb squad in Kittery turned out to be filled with a woman's clothes.

April 26, 2013

Kennebec Journal area police log, April 26, 2013

Police say are looking for a man who fled from police Wednesday in a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee before abandoning the vehicle on a logging road.

April 26, 2013

Bill would mediate sewer district disputes

A bill sponsored by Rep. Sharon Treat would allow residents to petition against sewer rate increases.

April 26, 2013

Public schools to get report cards

Maine schools have been graded on their performance, and next week they will receive report cards as part of the state's new initiative.

April 26, 2013

Comedian Juston McKinney plans Waterville show

Former sheriff's deputy and comedian Juston McKinney will perform at the Waterville Opera House Saturday.

April 26, 2013

Pilot remembers his own landing on I95

Roger Wolverton made an emergency landing on Interstate 95 more than 20 years ago, and today's landing by a Warden's Service pilot brought up memories of when his engine failed him.

April 26, 2013

Girl, 11, accused of making bomb threat at Litchfield school

An 11-year-old girl is accused of making a false bomb threat Friday morning at Carrie Ricker School, marking the fourth such threat in the school district this week and the fifth this month.

April 26, 2013

Medical examiner to probe further into death of Oakland man

The State Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy Friday on the body of a 19-year-old Oakland man who was found dead on a golf course, but more tests will be done to determine the cause of death.

April 27, 2013

Families get glimpse of 'Whitey' Bulger at hearing Several photos included in this story

James "Whitey" Bulger His lawyers argue they should be able to present a trial defense claiming that a law enforcement official who has since died gave Bulger immunity from prosecution.

April 26, 2013

Jurors convict Brooklyn man of drug trafficking near Waterville school

A Brooklyn, N.Y., man has been convicted of eight charges related to drug trafficking that occurred last year near Albert S. Hall School in Waterville.

April 26, 2013

Residents' drive likely to reopen Bicentennial Nature Park

Bicentennial Nature Park is likely to reopen this summer despite earlier plans to shut it down by city officials. A citizens group has secured donations to go toward the park's maintenance.

April 26, 2013

Boston bombing survivor spotted suspect in crowd

Jeff Bauman Jr., who lost both legs and some of his hearing, said Tamerlan Tsarnaev 'struck me as odd' and Bauman described Tsarnaev to police.

April 26, 2013

Mosque that suspect attended hosts interfaith service

An assistant imam urges the community to come together in the Boston bombings' aftermath.

April 27, 2013

Maine Democrats offer deal on debt to hospitals

Gov. LePage blasts the proposal, which links repayment of the debt to an expansion of Medicaid.

April 26, 2013

Waterville man sentenced on drug charges Monday pleads guilty to stabbing Friday

Jesse J. Jones, 24, of Waterville, was sentenced Monday on drug trafficking charges in federal court has pleaded guilty Friday in state court to stabbing a man outside the Bob-In bar last May 6 in Waterville.

April 26, 2013

Porpoise found stranded off Brunswick to be released

Noodle was treated for lungworm and gained 15 pounds during rehab.

April 26, 2013

“Let’s go dancing”

You can dance inches or feet apart. You can swirl and jab, punch at the sky and work up a sweat and it’s dancing.

April 26, 2013

Magazine ranks Limestone magnet school tops in Maine

Yarmouth High School places second in the U.S. News & World Report statewide ranking.

April 26, 2013

Pan Am Railways switches tracks, passes insurance costs on to landowners

Legislators and affected landowners expressed disappointment with Pan Am Railways decision to pass liability insurance costs on to local landowners, which could result in added insurance costs statewide for property owners who cross railroad tracks to reach their private property.

April 28, 2013

State House calendar, April 29, 2013

Hearings and work sessions for Monday.

April 26, 2013

Down East Enterprise sells books division

The Rockport-based publisher will maintain control of Down East: The Magazine of Maine.

April 26, 2013

Pingree rules out run for governor in 2014

Her decision clears the way for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud or former Gov. John Baldacci to enter the race.

April 26, 2013

LePage signs bill shielding concealed-gun owners

The new law makes the names, addresses and birth dates of permit holders confidential.

April 26, 2013

Boston suspects' mother in terror database

She was tagged along with one of her sons after Russia contacted the CIA with concerns they might have militant leanings.

April 26, 2013

Maine revenue gap expected to worsen

Meanwhile, projections for the current fiscal year are up by $43 million, driven by income taxes.

April 26, 2013

Suspicious Kittery bag proves to be harmless

But the public response typifies the heightened vigilance since the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 26, 2013

Alcohol, cellphone use could be factors in two-vehicle accident on Cornville

Police are investigating whether alcohol and cellphone use by Marc Swain, 18, of Norridgewock, were factors in the accident when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a pickup truck driven by William Chappo, 64, of Cornville.

April 26, 2013

Officials: Bomb suspects' parents received welfare

The suspects' parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, received food stamps from 2002-2004 and 2009-2011, and Tamerlan's wife also received them for a year.

April 26, 2013

Panel delays decision on investigating allegations against LePage

The governor allegedly pressured unemployment hearing officers to make more pro-business decisions.

April 26, 2013

Controllers to return after flight delays sway Congress

With President Obama's promised signature, the measure will erase one of the most stinging and publicly visible consequences of the budget cuts known as the sequester.

April 26, 2013

Paintball incident: a threat to Maine senator?

Vandalism is investigated at Dutremble's home, following his key gun-control vote.

April 27, 2013

In Maine, GPS directs driver into deep water

En route to a job interview in Portland, a man must be rescued from a submerged Pontiac Grand Am in Lebanon.

April 26, 2013

Country music legend George Jones dies at 81 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

He had 143 Top 40 hits and won two Grammy Awards in a career that spanned six decades.

April 27, 2013

Urgency grows at Bangladesh factory Several photos included in this story

 Rescue workers find 19 more survivors in the rubble today as the death toll rises to 340.

April 26, 2013

Economy grew at 2.5% last quarter

But most economists say they think the GDP is slowing in the April-June quarter to 2 percent.

April 27, 2013

Plane lands on Maine Turnpike after engine failure Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Warden Dan Dufault sets the Cessna down in a surprisingly good place to land a plane.

April 26, 2013

Auburn police seek pizza shop robbery suspect

Police say a white man in his 20s walked into the Heathco's and Domino's pizza shops on Thursday evening and demanded money.

April 26, 2013

Military ramps up training for new breed of cyberwarriors

Students at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies are participating in elaborate cyberwarfare exercises as the military educates a generation of future commanders in the theory and practice of computer warfare.

April 27, 2013

Boston suspect moved; FBI searches landfill

An FBI spokesman would not say what investigators were looking for at the landfill near UMass-Dartmouth.

April 26, 2013

New law expands turkey hunt to Down East area

Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows a spring hunt in wildlife management district 27, which is located along the coast.

April 26, 2013

Maine Film Office updates crew listings for filmmakers

The online database includes Maine-based producers, camera operators, location scouts, costume designers, makeup artists and script supervisors.

April 26, 2013

Maine work force panel to visit Biddeford

The Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future will tour the city's North Dam mill development on Friday.

April 26, 2013

Bangladesh disaster: Factories ignored order to evacuate

Bangladesh mourners The death toll climbs to 275 in the collapse of a building where cracks had been seen in the walls.