News from December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 17, 2012

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

December 17, 2012

Rangeley man held on $20,000 bail for alleged sexual misconduct with child

A Rangeley man's bail was set Friday at $20,000 cash for the charge of sexual misconduct with a child.

December 17, 2012

Waterville man convicted of domestic violence assault on Monday

AUGUSTA -- A Waterville man was convicted of domestic violence assault early Monday following a non-jury trial in Kennebec County Superior Court.

December 17, 2012

Board member takes over as coordinator of Gardiner's Heart & Soul project

GARDINER -- The city has a new coordinator at the helm of a two-year Heart & Soul project that seeks to increase civic involvement in the community and develop a long-term vision for the future.

December 17, 2012

Wave of gun control bills expected at Maine Legislature

State lawmakers expect a wave of gun control bills in the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut that claimed 28 lives, including 20 school children. But even as the details of the massacre embolden calls for additional background checks or limiting the bullet capacity of some firearms, such legislation faces an uphill battle in Maine, a state that has previously rejected similar measures and recently loosened state gun laws.

December 17, 2012

Verdict expected Tuesday in Nelson murder trial

SKOWHEGAN -- A verdict in the murder trial of Robert Nelson, 41, of Norridgewock, is expected this morning in Somerset County Superior Court.

December 17, 2012

Caroling, candlelit walk in Waterville mark anniversary of Ayla Reynolds' disappearance

WATERVILLE -- A group of about 20 people brought holiday cheer Monday to the site of the city's most notable mystery.

December 17, 2012

Consultants claim Farmington's Whittier Road stabilization project will not harm salmon

FARMINGTON -- Environmental consultants say moving forward on a riverbank stabilization project on Whittier Road will not harm an Atlantic salmon spawning ground.

December 17, 2012

Waterville City Council to consider selling Water Street house, former parks and rec building

WATERVILLE -- City councilors tonight will consider selling a tax-acquired home on Water Street, as well as the former parks and recreation building on Western Avenue.

December 17, 2012

Farmington District Court, Aug. 16 to Nov. 14, 2012

FARMINGTON -- The following cases, listed alphabetically R-Z, were closed from Aug. 16, 2012, to Nov. 14, 2012, in Farmington District Court.

December 17, 2012

Storm closes area schools, generates fender-benders

The first major snowstorm of the season dumped about 6 to 8 inches of snow in central Maine by Monday afternoon, closing schools, causing traffic accidents and halting work at construction sites.

December 17, 2012

Region's school superintendents discuss responses to Sandy Hook school shooting Several photos included in this story

Even before Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., officials at Maranacook area schools had made plans to improve building security and emergency response procedures.

December 17, 2012

Alleged drug trafficker claims case of mistaken identity Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- One suspect arrested in a large drug raid conducted last Friday by state drug enforcement agents and Augusta police was found hiding under a bed in a woman's Water Street apartment.

December 17, 2012

Too much speed, too little tread cause of Augusta interstate truck crash on Monday, trooper says

AUGUSTA -- A big rig crash that injured the driver and tied up traffic Monday on Interstate 95 for nearly an hour was the result of excessive speed and too little tire tread in snowy conditions, police said.

December 17, 2012

Recounting the first moments in Ayla Reynolds' disappearance

WATERVILLE -- At 8:41 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2011, Justin DiPietro dialed 911 and reported that his daughter, 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, was missing.

December 17, 2012

Rockland woman charged with bank fraud

Shauna Quinn, 44, allegedly misappropriated $540,000 and faces as much as 30 years in prison if convicted.

December 17, 2012

A day of Newtown shockwaves across US

A roundup of Newtown-related news: Colo. background check requests break records / Threats put several W.Va. schools on lockdown / Va. Sen. Warner says Newtown massacre has altered his gun stance . . . and more.

December 17, 2012

Windham Weaponry 'sickened' by Conn. murders

Windham Weaponry is the rifle company started after Bushmasters Firearms International LLC was sold to a private equity firm in 2006.

December 17, 2012

Rep. Tim Scott picked to replace DeMint in Senate

The decision makes Smith the South's first black Republican senator since Reconstruction and only the fourth black Republican ever in the U.S. Senate.

December 17, 2012

Obama offers 'fiscal cliff' compromise to Republicans

The president says he will give less cost-of-living increases to Social Security recipients in hopes of striking a deal.

December 19, 2012

Classes resume in Newtown, except Sandy Hook Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Funerals were held for two more of the tiny fallen – a 6-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl – as the long and almost unbearable procession of funerals continues.

December 18, 2012

Schools in Maine, state officials put renewed focus on security measures

Some Maine school districts have beefed up security temporarily in response to the massacre, while others are calling for thorough reviews of security protocol.

December 17, 2012

Most area schools remain open, Madison will close



December 17, 2012

Waterville police log, Dec. 16 and 17

Shoplifting, harassment, theft

December 18, 2012

Snow and rain fall, and more wet weather coming Several photos included in this story

 Portland gets almost 4 inches of snow, but the precipitation to come might make it disappear quickly.

December 17, 2012

Gas prices in Maine continue to fall

The average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine dropped by nearly 4 cents in the past week.

December 17, 2012

Dog mauls boy, mother in Livermore Falls

The boy underwent surgery on Sunday for facial injuries. The pit bull-wolf hybrid mix has been euthanized.

December 17, 2012

Twin NASA spacecraft deliberately crash into moon

Afterward, NASA said it had dedicated the final resting spot in honor of mission team member, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space who died earlier this year.

December 17, 2012

Gun control gets unlikely backers on Capitol Hill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, says it's time to discuss gun policy and move toward action on gun regulation.

December 17, 2012

Across US, students nervously returning to school

Teachers and parents across the country were wrestling with how best to quell children's fears about returning to school for the first time since the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

December 17, 2012

Maine panel nears completion of regulatory report

The Maine Regulatory Fairness Board will meet on Thursday to review business regulatory and statutory issues highlighted during public hearings held over the past year.

December 17, 2012

Maine's Electoral College members vote for Obama, Biden Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Electors of all 50 states convened Monday to cast their ballots. Obama won the popular vote by nearly five million votes.

December 17, 2012

Opposition cries foul in Egyptian constitution vote

They urge mass protests after the draft charter wins a solid majority in the first of two voting rounds.