News from December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 14, 2012

IN FAIRFIELD, Thursday, at 9:39 a.m., juvenile offenses were reported on School Street.

December 14, 2012

Selectmen increase Main Street Skowhegan support

SKOWHEGAN -- Selectmen this week voted to increase funding by 50 percent for Main Street Skowhegan. The vote was close and came after impassioned pleas from merchants and supporters of the program.

December 14, 2012

Police laud Skowhegan bank workers' actions during Thursday robbery

SKOWHEGAN -- Police continued an investigation Friday into the robbery of a Madison Avenue bank.

December 14, 2012

Fairfield, Oakland officials avoiding tax hikes as new budgets take shape

Town leaders in Fairfield and Oakland are trying to avoid property tax increases as they gear up for next year's budget cycle.

December 14, 2012

Brahms Mount outgrows Hallowell site, may move to Monmouth

HALLOWELL -- After nearly 30 years, Brahms Mount has outgrown the 19th-century building where it weaves blankets and towels.

December 14, 2012

ON THE EDGE: Oh, for a silent night

Is there any truth to the rumor that the CIA used "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" as a torture device when interrogating prisoners? An apocryphal tale perhaps, but I can see its value.

December 14, 2012

Area educators react to Conn. shooting by checking security, answering questions

AUGUSTA -- Word of the Friday morning massacre at a Connecticut elementary school didn't immediately reach pupils at Marcia Buker Elementary School in Richmond, where students were distracted by winter events, including a scheduled holiday concert.

December 18, 2012

Saddleback owners put price on their gem Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Berry family, which has invested $40 million and quadrupled the work force, wants $12 million for the 400-acre ski resort.

December 14, 2012

Windham company's prefabricated counters, cabinets speed up new hospital fittings Several photos included in this story Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- All the woodwork, countertops, sink tops, windowsills and even the protective strips along the walls and the corner protectors are coming from a single firm in Windham.

December 14, 2012

Maine Criminal Justice Academy grads spread cheer, purchase presents for needy

VASSALBORO -- The newest graduates of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy decided to celebrate their achievement by spreading Christmas cheer.

December 15, 2012

Maine and nation must curb guns, advocates argue

But those who favor few restrictions say solutions should focus on the people who are driven to violence.

December 15, 2012

Obama delivers words of grief Video clip included

The president also calls for 'meaningful action,' though the administration mentions no specifics.

December 14, 2012

Missing toddler's dad and his family talk to police

As lines of communication are re-opened, there's also a hint that a substance with DNA found in the basement might not be blood.

December 14, 2012

Maine robberies prompt drug chain to post guards

Maine has had 54 pharmacy robberies so far this year – 30 more than all of last year.

December 17, 2012

Wright's son to live with dad until prostitution case resolved

Alexis Wright is the woman at the center of the Kennebunk prostitution scandal.

December 14, 2012

New England fishermen reimbursed by U.S. for unjust fines

Friday's ruling orders some $544,000 returned to 14 fishing concerns, most of them in the Northeast.

December 15, 2012

Man kills mother, then 26 at Conn. grade school Several photos included in this story

"Evil visited this community today," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "We'll do whatever we can to overcome."

July 24, 2013

Judge rules against ex-Chelsea selectwoman in fraud case

A federal judge has rejected former Chelsea selectwoman's Carole Swan’s efforts to keep her admissions to deputies out of her upcoming fraud trial.

December 14, 2012

Police to give update today on Ayla Reynolds case

Ayla Reynolds was 20 months old when her father reported her missing on Dec. 17 of last year.

December 14, 2012

Obama: Won't go after states where pot is now legal Video clip included

"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view" to focus on drug use in states where it is now legal, the president says.

December 14, 2012

Maine sheriff: Jail guard's alleged assault was a hoax

Troy Lyons had denied making up the assault, but he resigned Thursday before a scheduled termination hearing.

December 14, 2012

Washington County jail guard resigns after assault claim

Sheriff Donnie Smith concluded guard Troy Lyons' assault claim was a hoax.

December 14, 2012

Lewiston mayor blames school crowding on welfare families

Mayor Robert MacDonald says there ought to be laws putting limits on how long families can collect welfare benefits.

December 14, 2012

Poll: Even science doubters now say world is warming Video clip included

Within that highly skeptical group, 61 percent now say temperatures have been rising over the past 100 years.

December 14, 2012

2 Mass. co-workers split $50M Powerball jackpot

The two Costco workers are taking the $33 million lump sum payout. After taxes, they'll split $23 million.

December 14, 2012

Pentagon sending 400 troops to operate missiles in Turkey

The two batteries of Patriot missiles are meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack.

December 14, 2012

Owner of Rivera plane being investigated by DEA

The man widely believed to be behind the aviation company is an ex-convict who has a long and checkered legal past.

December 14, 2012

Redistricting closes Rep. Michaud's Waterville office

Redistricting plan passed last year by the Legislature moved Winslow and Waterville into the 1st Congressional District represented by Rep. Chellie Pingree.

December 14, 2012

KENNEBEC COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

AUGUSTA -- A number of people were sentenced Monday and Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court:

December 14, 2012

SKOWHEGAN DISTRICT COURT

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2012 in Skowhegan District Court.

December 14, 2012

BRIEFS

OAKLAND -- Massage therapist William Dail recently joined the Pathways Healing Center, at 9 Swan Hill Road.

December 14, 2012

Steps taken to establish teacher evaluations



December 14, 2012

McCabe among Dems on district line panel

AUGUSTA -- Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, is one of five Democrats in the Legislature appointed to the Apportionment Commission, which will meet in the coming months to redraw the Legislature's 186 district lines.

December 14, 2012

Sally Struthers lawyer enters not guilty plea to OUI charge

YORK -- Celebrity actress Sally Struthers, scheduled to appear in York District Court for the first time Thursday to face a drunken-driving charge, did not attend in person, leaving it to her lawyer to deliver her lines.

December 14, 2012

Bay State special ed administrator arraigned on child porn charges

A special education administrator from Massachusetts may face additional charges after his arrest Wednesday for allegedly posing as a teenage boy in order to exchange illicit photos online with a 15-year-old girl from Cumberland County.

December 14, 2012

NRCM again attacks company chosen to revise mining rules

The Natural Resources Council of Maine on Thursday renewed its attack on the Department of Environmental Protection's selection of an out-of-state contractor to help modernize Maine's mining rules, alleging that both the contractor and the DEP had "misrepresented" the company's credentials, experience and ties to the mining industry.

December 14, 2012

Charter commission chooses two leaders

WATERVILLE -- Peter Lyford and Edward Lachowicz will lead the city's new Charter Commission, which voters established in November.

December 14, 2012

Kaplan University expands offerings

AUGUSTA -- Kaplan University will start enrolling students next month for a nursing program set to begin in February, and two information technology degree programs should follow later in 2013.