News from December 23, 2012

December 23, 2012

Rangeley man gets prime gig as Santa in nation's capital

WASHINGTON -- For decades, Rob Hoffman was literally in the pilot's seat as he flew passengers to destinations far and wide.

December 23, 2012

Augusta District Court, Dec. 13 to 19, 2012

AUGUSTA — The following is a list of cases closed between Dec. 13, 2012, and Dec. 19, 2012, in Augusta District Court:

January 25, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 23, 2012

IN CLINTON, Saturday, at 1:50 p.m., reported suspicious activity was investigated on Battle Ridge Road.

December 23, 2012

Woman arrested in Farmington standoff following alleged domestic assault

FARMINGTON -- A woman hit a member of her household with a shovel, then struck her own arm with a hatchet, leading to an armed standoff with police that shut down a local road for eight hours Saturday, police said.

December 23, 2012

Bill Joseph remembers World War II service

During his years in World War II, Bill Joseph was a gunner and radar operator on a B-29 bomber; he spent much of his time fighting Japan's military forces.

December 23, 2012

REPORTING ASIDE: Golden anniversary of Christmas magic

"I can't sleep," I told my older sister, Katherine, who sat on the edge of my bed and coached me on how best to make Christmas morning come quickly.

December 23, 2012

Somerset Superior Court, Nov. 5-30, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- Cases Nov. 5-30, 2012, Somerset County Superior Court.

December 23, 2012

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

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

December 24, 2012

Winslow police station expansion nears completion

WINSLOW -- Expansion of the police station is nearly complete, and there have been no more glitches like the ones that plagued the project in its early days.

December 23, 2012

Fairfield redemption center's cornerstone yields silver dollars, precious memories

FAIRFIELD -- The bottle redemption center next to the historic Gerald Hotel on Fairfield's Main Street may not be a historical building, but that doesn't mean it has no history.

December 23, 2012

Farmingdale bank branch maintains historic look in modern building Several photos included in this story

FARMINGDALE -- Where once a historic mansion perched above Maine Avenue, a modern bank building has sunk its roots deep into the ground.

December 23, 2012

RSU 12 names neighbor school district official new superintendent

SOMERVILLE -- A curriculum coordinator from another local school district has been chosen as the next superintendent in charge of schools here.

December 23, 2012

ATV clubs sprout up to improve landowner relations

FAIRFIELD -- During the past 15 years, the culture of all-terrain vehicle riders has changed, leading to a more positive relationship with the broader community.

December 23, 2012

Gardiner area school unit mulls switch to natural gas, wood pellets

GARDINER -- High heating oil costs have school district officials wanting to switch to a cheaper heating alternative, such as natural gas.

December 24, 2012

Abused puppies from Tennessee reunited at Augusta doggy daycare Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Hoot, Meta and Sierra were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration in a box left out in the sweltering Southern sun for days.

December 23, 2012

Pats hold off Jaguars

Tom Brady throws two TD passes in New England's 23-16 win.

December 23, 2012

Lobster forums scheduled in coastal towns

The 16 meetings will seek public input about the state of the lobster industry and recommendations for the future.

December 23, 2012

Man gets 6 ½ years in knife attack

Matthew Wycoff, 29, savagely attacked his girlfriend last Feb. 20 after a night of drinking.

December 23, 2012

Mill owner emerges from bankruptcy

NewPage Corp. announced that it has completed its financial restructuring after receiving financial backing and a revolving credit line of credit 15 months after filing for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2012

5 post offices reduce hours, 200 more to go

Post offices that regularly had eight hours have been cut to six or four hours. In more extreme cases, some post offices are open only two hours a day.

December 23, 2012

Boston mayor out of hospital after lengthy stay

Thomas Menino has been at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital since last month.

December 23, 2012

Church leaders in Newtown receive ovations

Parishioners applaud the leaders, who are helping them cope with the massacre at an elementary school.

December 23, 2012

Former President Bush still hospitalized

Doctors say George H.W. Bush needs to "build up his energy" before he can be released.

December 23, 2012

NRA: Public wants armed guards in every school

The NRA said it would push Congress to pay for more school security guards and would coordinate efforts to put former military and police offers in schools as volunteer guards.

December 24, 2012

Search goes on for boat-building students Several photos included in this story

The two missing young men are part of a close community at the Landing School in Arundel.

December 23, 2012

Bodies of two brothers found in burned out Orono home

Investigators say Cris and Randy Davis and a friend were out drinking Saturday night and were driven home in a taxi. The friend then continued by taxi to his Bangor home.

December 23, 2012

Invasive seaweed spreads along New England coast

The seaweed doesn't pose a public health threat but gives off a putrid odor when it dries and decays.

December 23, 2012

NH's "fugitive of the week" back in jail

Among the charges for the 33-year-old man is aggravated assault and kidnapping stemming from an incident on Thursday in Kittery.