News from December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012

Central Mainers react to Conn. school shooting

WATERVILLE -- On Friday 26 people were shot by a gunman at a Connecticut elementary school. Adam Lanza, 20, forced his way into the school, and killed 20 children, the school principal, school psychologist and four teachers. He also shot his mother, at her home in Newtown, Conn., before the school rampage.

December 15, 2012

Connecticut massacre spurs memories of Maine students held hostage

 The former principal of Stockton Springs Elementary School, where four years ago a fifth-grade class was held hostage at gunpoint while the rest of the school was evacuated, advised parents to protect their children this weekend from the images being broadcast of the Newtown, Conn., mass shootings.

December 15, 2012

Activists form Alliance for the Common Good to press progressive solution to fiscal cliff

AUGUSTA -- After an election that was good for progressives, activists are committed to advocating for peace, the poor and the environment at the state and national levels.

December 15, 2012

Mainers spearhead Wreaths Across America effort

ARLINGTON, Va. -- On any day, the rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery are a place of solemn reflection on the contributions and, often, the sacrifices made by the men and women who rest there.

December 15, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 15, 2012

IN FAIRFIELD, Friday at 5:25 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Kelley Street.

December 15, 2012

Card-making class helps Colby, Common Street Arts make exhibits a hands-on experience

WATERVILLE -- Lukas Stewart worked diligently on applying red glitter and beads to his Christmas tree card.

December 15, 2012

Waterville city manager wants to stop paying stormwater fee

WATERVILLE -- City Manager Michael Roy is recommending the city no longer pay stormwater treatment fees to the Waterville Sewerage District.

December 15, 2012

Gerald Hotel project promises to percolate Fairfield economy

FAIRFIELD -- The economic benefit of a $4 million renovation project at the former Gerald Hotel, where demolition began this week, is likely to be significant, although much of it will be hard to quantify.

December 15, 2012

Cooperative Extension Service pitches agricultural tourism to farmers

FARMINGTON -- For decades, Herbert "Bussie" York tinkered with running his farm.

December 15, 2012

For average Maine Christmas tree, a decade-plus of generous life and a glorious death

As the old song goes, Christmas trees are green when summer days are bright; they're green when winter snow is white.

December 15, 2012

Maine State Employees Association resumes labor talks with state this week

AUGUSTA -- The state and the Maine State Employees Association are set to go back to the negotiating table this week as they try to come to a collective bargaining agreement 18 months after the contract expired.

December 16, 2012

A list of names, ages of victims in Conn. school rampage

All the children killed were 6 or 7.

December 15, 2012

Police arrest 5, seize heroin, cocaine, in major Augusta, Belgrade drug bust Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA — Five people have been arrested in connection with a massive drug operation in the region, police said, and drugs seized have a street value of more than $23,000.

December 15, 2012

Secretary of state Clinton faints, sustains concussion

A statement says Hillary Rodham Clinton was dehydrated because of the virus and that she fainted and sustained a concussion

December 15, 2012

Police: Gunman wounds 3 at Alabama hospital

The officer and two employees suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

December 15, 2012

Mental health toll emerges among Sandy survivors

Government officials are dispatching more than 1,000 crisis counselors to the worst-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, helping victims begin the long work of repairing Sandy's emotional damage.

December 16, 2012

Conn. school victims shot by rifle multiple times Several photos included in this story

Lt. Paul Vance said the suspect was not voluntarily let into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.

December 15, 2012

Ski Museum of Maine hosts open house

Visitors will have an opportunity to view the museum's exhibits and share personal ski history stories on Saturday afternoon.

December 15, 2012

Birders take part in Christmas Bird Count

Bird-watching groups with Maine Audubon began their bird-counting excursions in Maine on Saturday..

December 15, 2012

LePage addresses domestic violence in weekly address

The tragedy in Kansas City involving a former UMaine football player spurs the Maine governor to talk about domestic violence.

December 15, 2012

Event to raise awareness for missing toddler

Trista Reynolds, the mother os missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, and LostNMissing are sponsoring a "Shining Hope for Ayla Event" on Saturday at the Riverton Community Center in Portland.

December 15, 2012

AP source: 3 guns found in Connecticut school

The three weapons were registered to the shooter's mother, who was killed in Friday's shooting.

December 15, 2012

Police, world wonder about Conn. shooting motive

Police shed no light on the motive for the nation's second-deadliest school shooting.