News from December 24, 2012

December 25, 2012

Ex-President Bush spends Christmas in hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush spent Christmas in a Houston hospital with his wife, Barbara, and other relatives who planned to treat him to a special holiday meal.

December 24, 2012

Burglary suspect may be connected to other Waterville break-ins

A man arrested trying to break into a downtown Waterville business Monday morning is a suspect in a series of area burglaries, according to police.

December 25, 2012

Fairfield business co-owner withdraws offer to destroy unwanted guns

A co-owner of Hammond Tractor Co., who is a gun owner himself, is rescinding his offer after backlash from the community.

December 25, 2012

Man with assault rifle prompts flurry of police calls in Portland

The man broke no laws, but police call the event ill-timed after the Newtown shootings.

December 25, 2012

Alleged cop impersonator pleads not guilty to car theft

AUGUSTA — A Waterville man accused of pretending to be a police officer and forcing another man to withdraw money from an automated teller machine made a court appearance this morning on a separate charge.

December 24, 2012

More charges in death of UNH student

A 19-year-old woman is charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution and one count of conspiracy to commit the same crime.

December 24, 2012

Kennedy: Won't run for Kerry's Senate seat

"Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future."

December 24, 2012

Somerset County police logs, arrests

Police beat, Dec. 24, 2012

December 24, 2012

Waterville police log Dec. 24, 2012

Police log, including arrests, reported for Waterville.

December 24, 2012

Paper company NewPage emerges from bankruptcy

NewPage employs about 900 employees at its mill in Rumford.

December 25, 2012

Search for missing Maine students halted on Christmas Several photos included in this story

The clothing of the two young men, who have been missing since last week, was found Monday on an island off Cape Porpoise.

December 24, 2012

Man kills firefighters responding to NY blaze

An ex-con set a car and a house ablaze to lure firefighters, then opened fire on them, killing two.

December 24, 2012

Boston tunnel reopens after wall panel falls in roadway

No one was hurt and no cars were damaged when the 4-foot-by-9-foot panel weighing about 100 pounds fell at about 6 p.m. Friday, causing long traffic backups.

December 24, 2012

Heroic actions bring change in attitudes toward teachers

Gratitude for teachers is a respite from recent years in which politicians and the public have viewed them as anything but heroes.

December 24, 2012

Maine man seriously hurt in SUV rollover

Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash.

December 24, 2012

Sentencing delay for bus driver who sexually exploited kids

John Allen Wright worked as a bus driver for special needs children.

December 24, 2012

Online calculator helps Mainers estimate heating costs

It allows homeowners to estimate their heating costs based on different types of fuels, their costs and their efficiency in different heating appliances.

December 24, 2012

Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows

The terror threat from al-Qaida linked groups in Africa has been growing steadily, particularly with the rise of the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria.

December 24, 2012

Maine grandmother dies in head-on crash

Police say she attempted to pass another vehicle and struck a southbound car head-on.

December 24, 2012

Rifle jam at Sandy Hook may have saved lives

 Police say six children fled a classroom where others were killed, possibly as Adam Lanza stopped firing.

December 24, 2012

SEAL commander dies of apparent suicide

An official said Job Price, 42, failed to show up for an appointment and was found when others went to check on him.

December 24, 2012

Storm of events chills shoppers' desire to spend

 'Fiscal cliff' concerns, Sandy's impact in the Northeast and the school shootings dampen spirits.