News from September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

Burglary assistant to serve 15 months in county jail

AUGUSTA -- Deborah Hughes came to court Monday to advocate for a woman whose boyfriend had burglarized Hughes' house.

September 11, 2012

Augusta's history and literary life subject of C-SPAN program

"Augusta has a remarkable and broad history, one that goes right back to" the Plymouth Colony and the Pilgrims who helped found this nation, the state historian says.

September 10, 2012

Augusta Area Police Report: Sept. 9-10



September 11, 2012

Westbrook grandma faced currents, jellyfish before ending swim

Pat Gallant-Charette, 61, was pulled from the water after 3.5 hours, but might get another chance to cross the Tsugaru Strait on Thursday or Friday.

September 10, 2012

Trade ambassador's Norridgewock visit key to keeping New Balance jobs intact say Maine legislators

SKOWHEGAN — A visit later this week to the New Balance shoe factory in Norridgewock by the U.S Trade Representative comes at a crucial time for the company’s 900 Maine jobs, state officials said Monday. State Reps. Sharon Treat, D-Hallowell, and Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, said the message they heard Sunday at an international trade meeting in Leesburg, Va., was that protections for the footwear jobs are endangered.

September 10, 2012

Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain

The 18,000-person study "provide(s) the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is a reasonable referral option," according to the authors.

September 10, 2012

Vt. man rescued after trying to retrieve computer

The man calls 911 when he gets stuck in thick bushes on a rock ledge.

October 26, 2012

Portland judge assigned to Kennebunk prostitution case

 There was a concern that judges in York County might have to recuse themselves if they knew any witnesses, the court says.

September 10, 2012

Tom Maines resigns as Scarborough girls basketball coach

After going 19-2 in his first year, Tom Maines suddenly resigns.

September 10, 2012

Mass. power boat racer dies when boat flips

The accident happened toward the end of a race in Taunton on Sunday.

September 10, 2012

C-SPAN crews filming in Augusta this week

AUGUSTA — C-SPAN producers are in capital area this week visiting various historic and literary sites and interviewing locals with the resulting productions to be broadcast on two cable TV channels next month.

September 10, 2012

Cruise ship takes on load of Maine lobster

The Celebrity Summit, visiting Portland today, takes delivery of lobsters from Ready Lobster.

September 10, 2012

Sabattus police seize hundreds of pot plants

Police also seize $3,000 and a vehicle.

September 10, 2012

Whittier Middle School teacher named Maine's teacher of the year

The award was presented by Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen to seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Shannon Shanning during a school assembly on Monday.

September 10, 2012

Obama called steaming mad over failed budget deal



September 10, 2012

Dexter police seize $60,000 worth of marijuana

Police responding to a domestic-violence call in Dexter uncovered what they call a marijuana growing operation in two adjacent apartments.

September 10, 2012

Maine gas prices still going up

The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine jumped nearly a nickel in the past week.

September 10, 2012

Border Patrol halts free flights home for Mexican illegals

More than 125,000 passengers were flown deep into Mexico for free since 2004 at a cost of nearly $100 million to U.S. taxpayers.

September 10, 2012

Ears, bone grown in labs to heal returning troops

A taxpayer-funded federal program is speeding state-of-the-art techniques from research to the real world.

September 10, 2012

Obama edges out Romney in August fundraising

Despite Obama's advantage in August, it's the third straight month Romney has collected more than $100 million.

September 10, 2012

Maine man arrested on 23-year-old warrant

A disturbance at a Holden trailer park leads to the arrest of 43-year-old Arnold Thompson on a 1989 warrant.

September 11, 2012

Hundreds rally for same-sex marriage in Portland Several photos included in this story

More than 200 people turn out at City Hall on Monday to support the statewide ballot initiative.

September 10, 2012

Glenn Close, husband to be honored in Maine

The Maine Center for Creativity will honor the actress and Idexx Laboratories founder David Shaw for contributions to Maine's creative economy.

September 10, 2012

High school class schedules run counter to students' biology

Noah Gallagher is probably an anomaly among teenagers, but Cony’s schedule is hardly unique in expecting students to learn well before 8 a.m. Most area high schools start classes at times that sleep experts say run counter to adolescent biology.

September 10, 2012

United Bikers of Maine deliver toys for holiday charity

AUGUSTA — If the bikers who gathered Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center for Sunday’s 31st annual United Bikers of Maine Toy Run needed more than the crisp fall air and collection toys to get in the Christmas spirit, then all they had to do was visit Richard White.

September 10, 2012

Proposal for China truck park to go before planners

CHINA — A controversial proposal for an off-road truck park on Parmenter Hill Road will be discussed again Tuesday by the Planning Board.

September 10, 2012

Family Fun Day to kick off events to fight childhood obesity

Let’s Go! Family Fun Day is free and will include trail hikes, a bike rodeo and chance to win a new bike, climbing wall, geocaching, a story walk, a children’s musician and educational activities related to healthful eating.

September 10, 2012

Clinton chief of staff tells Maine to demand debt reduction, elect Angus King

PORTLAND — A leader of the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission urged Mainers on Sunday to demand that Congress reduce the nation’s debt — and to elect former Gov. Angus King to the U.S. Senate.

September 10, 2012

9/11 memorial comes with expensive operating cost

All that eye-welling magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the roughly $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate.

September 10, 2012

Adult education grant helps programs at Gardiner, Maranacook schools

The programs received a joint award of $29,825 from the Maine College Access Challenge, a federal grant program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine.

September 10, 2012

Augusta District Court: Aug. 30 - Sept. 5, 2012

AUGUSTA — The following is a list of cases closed in Augusta District Court Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2012.

September 10, 2012

Kennebec Journal police and arrests log: Sept. 10, 2012

Augusta, Saturday, at 6:17 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Green Street.

September 10, 2012

Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years

Negotiations with the district failed over issues including compensation and evaluations, the union says.

September 10, 2012

CanaRx ruling hurts workers for city, state

The attorney general's decision to suspend the mail-order brand-name prescription service affects 1,200 Maine households.