Central Maine News: January 14, 2016
These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.
(AP) -- Maine legislators are ready to consider an impeachment order calling for an investigation into allegations that Gov. Paul LePage abused his power. The proposal is due to be debated on the House floor on Thursday. Those supporting the proceedings say it is about holding the governor accountable. LePage's office calls the accusations frivolous. An impeachment order would be unprecedented. It likely wouldn't survive long as it would eventually go to the Republican-controlled Senate.
(AP) -- The Governor's Energy Office says the average statewide cash price for heating oil is down another 2 cents from two weeks ago. The statewide average is $1.81 per gallon. Kerosene was also down 2 cents to $2.42 per gallon and propane creeped up one cent to $2.22 per gallon.
(AP) — There are at least three winning tickets in Wednesday night's record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. The California lottery says one ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, near Los Angeles. And there also are winners in Tennessee and Florida. The winning numbers are 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.
(WGME) -- State Police say remains found inside a garage in Fairfield are those of a full term baby boy. Investigators say the baby's parents, 20-year-old Kayla Stewart and 25-year-old Nicholas Blood, are cooperating with police. Police say the couple also has a 3-year-old daughter who is staying with other relatives. Detectives have been on scene gathering evidence since the discovery of the baby's remains Monday inside a garage next to the couple's mobile home .
(WCSH) — Gov. Paul LePage said he believes that the Maine State Lottery “absolutely” targets the poor, and that if legislators passed a bill to end the lottery he would sign it immediately. The governor’s comments were made Tuesday morning during a interview and came just days after the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted to fast-track a study of the $230 million lottery operation and its marketing practices. LePage said the lottery takes advantage of people who are “looking for a silver bullet” as a way out of poverty.
(WABI) -- Augusta police are looking for the man who aimed a gun at a convenience store worker and robbed the place. Police say the man went into the C&S Market on Riverside Drive just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. He demanded money and pulled out a weapon. He was given all the money in the register and then took off. Police say the man got into a dark-colored sedan, heading north on Riverside Drive toward Waterville/Winslow. He’s described as 5′ 09” with a slim build. Anyone with information can contact Augusta Police at 626-2370.
(KJ) -- Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan is going to hire a full time officer. According to the KJ, the hospital will pay the salary, benefits and training for a full-time resource officer on overnight shifts for 52 weeks a year. This way there is always a security presence at the hospital and there when needed. As it now, when the hospital does call the police for help that pulls those officers way from needs in the community. The officer, the Skowhegan department’s 16th police officer, would be newly hired and would be assigned full time to the emergency room area.