AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Vassalboro man charged with killing a man he alleges sexually molested him has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. The Kennebec Journal reports the suspect's lawyer sought the evaluation. He's accused of stabbing Thomas Namer of Waterville November 21.
OLD TOWN, Maine (AP) - A Bangor roofer has died after a fall from an Old Town building he was working on yesterday afternoon. Police say the man was part of a roofing crew working on the commercial building when he fell about 15 feet onto concrete. Federal safety and state authorities are investigating.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A prison inmate has filed a complaint against the state and the prison in Windham, claiming he was pepper-sprayed while restrained last year and left to suffer for more than 20 minutes. The Portland Press Herald reports the notice reserves Paul Schlosser III's right to sue over the incident.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A state panel is wrapping up its look into possible causes for the state's relatively high cancer rate. The task force today will finalize a set of education and prevention recommendations for state lawmakers. More than 8,000 Mainers are diagnosed with cancer in a typical year.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Missing North Conway teen Abigail Hernandez has contacted her mother. Federal and state authorities say they've verified a letter postmarked October 23 is authentic. They say the letter has given them hope of finding Hernandez, but they remain fearful for her safety. The 15-year-old disappeared after leaving high school October 9.
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - A Vermont man accused of stabbing a White Mountain School trustee to death at a Littleton hotel may be close to entering a plea. Rodney Hill was set to face trial in February but the Caledonian Record reports court documents now suggest he'll enter a plea then and face sentencing. He's accused of stabbing Catherine Houghton last February.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Durham's town administrator is challenging the University of New Hampshire's decision to keep closed its 75-year-old outdoor pool. In a letter to UNH officials, Todd Selig calls the decision premature and inconsistent with terms of a 2006 agreement on the pool. Foster's Daily Democrat reports the university is reviewing the letter with lawyers.
MONT VERNON, N.H. (AP) - A police sergeant who broke down a door in 2009 to save an 11-year-old home invasion victim in Mont Vernon has been named police chief there. Kevin Furlong was the first officer on the scene after Jaimie Cates dialed 911. The machete attack left the girl's mother dead. The Nashua Telegraph reports Furlong will be sworn in a week from Monday.
GUILDHALL, Vt. (AP) - A man convicted in a baby killing 20 years ago faces new burglary charges after police say DNA linked him to a blood-spattered pamphlet at the crime scene. Shawn Boyd has pleaded not guilty to the break-in at the Concord cafe last Christmas Eve. He's being charged as a habitual offender for the $7 theft because he has three prior felony convictions, including one for manslaughter.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Governor Peter Shumlin has ordered flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the passing of former South African leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela died yesterday at age 95. Flags will stay lowered through sunset Monday.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Opponents of a wind farm on Lowell Mountain are trying to get the state to revoke its stormwater runoff permits for the project. The 21 turbines for the Green Mountain Power project went into service last year. The Burlington Free Press reports the group Energize Vermont state natural resources officials didn't follow standard procedure in issuing the permits.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - A former office manager and bookkeeper for a Waterbury cider mill is expected to enter a plea later this month to charges she embezzled from the operation as well as from a youth hockey group. Michelle Rutledge's attorney tells the Barre Times Argus she is remorseful and eager to make restitution.
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