News from December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012

Fairfield's Hammond Tractor Co. offers free handgun destruction

FAIRFIELD -- In the wake of last week's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., two local business owners have found a way to reduce the number of guns in the community.

December 21, 2012

Power outages reported across area

AUGUSTA -- High winds knocked out electricity to about 28,600 Central Maine Power customers, mostly in Cumberland and York counties, Friday evening, according to the company.

December 21, 2012

Area lawmakers get committee assignments, discuss plans for legislative session Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Local lawmakers say they are poised to roll up their sleeves and get to work on their committees, where the real give and take of crafting new laws takes place.

December 21, 2012

ON THE EDGE: Lemme tell ya about cliffs

With the horrible specter of the fiscal cliff approaching, the "shudder" has become the national gesture. It's almost Christmas, and people are looking scared. I've seen that look before. As most of you know, I'm a lot older than I seem. I may appear to be 38, but it's an illusion.

December 21, 2012

Farmington to revisit downtown plan in wake of concerns

FARMINGTON --The downtown development plan will be revised again after a town selectmen and residents expressed concern about the draft's language.

December 21, 2012

Dairy prices could increase Jan. 1 if feds don't pass new farm bill

With a federal farm bill expired and nothing to take its place, the price of milk and other dairy products could jump on Jan. 1 if Congress fails to act.

December 21, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 21, 2012

IN CLINTON, Thursday at 2:58 p.m., someone came to the Police Department to report a case involving identity theft.

December 21, 2012

Canadian woman gets 28 months for smuggling meth into Maine

A drug-sniffing dog found the drugs in her vehicle at the border between Maine and Canada.

December 22, 2012

More than 56,000 Mainers lose power from storm

 A powerful wind- and rainstorm pounded coastal and inland areas of Maine on Friday, knocking down trees and power lines and causing chaos.

December 22, 2012

Hospice offers support for those grieving loss of pets

WATERVILLE — Losing a pet can be painful -- as painful as losing a family member.

December 21, 2012

In Mayan heartland, thousands celebrate 'new era'

The doomsayers who had predicted apocalypse were nowhere to be seen. Instead, people showed up in T-shirts reading "The End of the World: I Was There."

December 21, 2012

Angus King picks staff; it's bipartisan

His staff now includes a veteran of Obama's campaigns in Maine and a political consultant with Republican ties.

December 21, 2012

Windham police identify alleged cop impersonator

Steven Shaw, 26, allegedly posed as a police officer to extort a man out of an undisclosed amount of money.

December 26, 2012

One 'jane' joins accused 'johns' on Kennebunk prostitution list

Kennebunk police charge a Shapleigh woman – as well as her husband – with engaging a prostitute.

December 21, 2012

Local social media reactions to the NRA press conference



December 21, 2012

Maine legislative leaders cool to allowing guns in schools

Rep. Brian Duprey, R-Hamden, confirms that he's submitted a bill to allow concealed firearms permit holders to bring guns to public schools.

December 21, 2012

NRA: Put armed police in every school Video clip included

The group's leader said guards need to be in place quickly because "the next Adam Lanza," the shooter in Newtown, Conn., is already planning an attack on another school.

December 21, 2012

Maine unemployment down slightly in November

Maine's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in November, down from 7.4 percent in October.

December 21, 2012

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

"Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."

December 22, 2012

A week after school massacre, new details emerge Video clip included

Nancy Lanza was planning to move out West with her son, shooter Adam Lanza, possibly to Washington state.

December 21, 2012

NH legislators move to ban guns from Statehouse

A committee has voted in favor of a ban on firearms inside the House floor, gallery and adjacent areas, where guns are currently allowed.

December 21, 2012

Waterville, Clinton police logs, Dec. 20

Theft, fight, burglary

December 21, 2012

Analysis: Violence baked into pop culture landscape Several photos included in this story

Cases in point: Sunday's "Homeland" was the highest-rated episode in the two years the series has been on the air. "Dexter" was the top-rated episode of any series in Showtime history.

December 21, 2012

For storm-stricken kids, 'Sandy Claus' delivers

Every afternoon and night, he stuffs his red sack with presents and heads out to storm-ravaged homes, personally delivering toys to awestruck kids. Watch slideshow.

December 22, 2012

As Boehner's Plan B fails, choices are compromise or plunge over fiscal cliff

Although Boehner's stature appears diminished because his GOP colleagues didn't support his tax plan, Republicans will ultimately have to agree to some compromise or else across-the-board tax hikes and cuts will go into effect.

December 21, 2012

FBI: 1 of 2 escapees from high-rise jail arrested

Joseph "Jose" Banks was captured without incident in Chicago Thursday night. The search continues for Kenneth Conley, who fled the jail with Banks early Tuesday.

December 21, 2012

It's all-hands-on-deck for final retail push

At L.L. Bean, top executives are abandoning their desks to work in the shipping department and answer customers' phone calls as retailers nationwide increasingly focus on speed.

December 21, 2012

Vigil in Portland to honor homeless who have died

The observance begins at 4 p.m. with a candlelight procession from the Preble Street Resource Center to Monument Square.

December 21, 2012

LePage calls for moment of silence for shooting victims

He joins other governors in asking state residents to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. today.

December 21, 2012

Maine election panel to begin drafting report

The five-member Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections has completed series of hearings around the state to gather public input.

December 21, 2012

SKOWHEGAN DISTRCIT COURT

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, 2012, in Skowhegan District Court.

December 21, 2012

WATERVILLE DISTRICT COURT

WATERVILLE -- The following cases, listed alphabetically A-H, were closed from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

December 21, 2012

Democrats to form panel on workforce

AUGUSTA -- Democratic legislative leaders announced Wednesday that they will form a committee to try to strengthen Maine's workforce.

December 21, 2012

Cheverus High grad sentenced for insider trading

A Cheverus High School alumnus, former trustee and major donor was one of two former hedge-fund managers convicted Monday for their roles in an insider-trading scheme that illegally netted more than $72 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.

December 21, 2012

BRIEFS

BANGOR -- Gov. Paul LePage says he agrees with an assessment by Forbes Magazine that Maine has the worst business climate in the nation.

December 21, 2012

Jail ferrets out names of inmates

AUGUSTA -- Kennebec County jail officials have used fingerprint records from a national database to determine the identities of two people in custody who allegedly gave fake names.

December 21, 2012

Maine home sales outpace national rate November

Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine surged 23.6 percent in November, outpacing national gains, as buyers took advantage of low interest rates and a large inventory of homes on the market.

December 21, 2012

Officials tamp rumors of threats to schools

After a couple of days of rumors, public warnings and plans for heightened security, state and local police determined Thursday that there was no message threatening schools in southern Maine.

December 21, 2012

Mount Vernon man's charges consolidated

AUGUSTA -- Fifteen of the 57 hunting violations against a Mount Vernon man have been condensed by the district attorney's office into a single felony charge.

December 21, 2012

End of the world . . . didn't happen Video clip included

 The appointed time comes and goes at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza today with no sign of the apocalypse.

December 20, 2012

Outsiders spent more than Maine's legislative candidates

Maine's 2012 legislative elections have broken another record.

December 20, 2012

Police find 'no credible threat' to schools

After a couple of days of rumors, public warnings and plans for heightened security, state and local police determined Thursday that there was no message threatening schools in southern Maine.

December 20, 2012

Sales of homes up 23.6 percent in November

Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine surged 23.6 percent in November, outpacing national gains, as buyers took advantage of low interest rates and a large inventory of homes on the market.

December 20, 2012

GOP delays "Plan B" fiscal cliff vote

WASHINGTON -- Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession.