News from December 27, 2012

December 27, 2012

Gardiner's Michael R. Dunn new director of Lewiston accounting firm

A Gardiner resident has been named director of Ouellette & Associates in Lewiston, the firm announced this week.

December 27, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 27, 2012

IN ANSON, Wednesday at 9:58 p.m., a report of an erratic vehicle was investigated on Main Street.

December 27, 2012

Region's police departments take advantage of expanded drunk-driving prevention program

WATERVILLE -- Several local police departments are participating in a statewide program to combat drunken driving that takes place every year, but now is running for an extended period and offering more grant money.

December 27, 2012

Skowhegan police chief mum on Monday incident near Fairfield police chief's home

SKOWHEGAN -- An incident Monday afternoon near the Skowhegan home of Fairfield police Chief John Emery is under investigation, but no details about what it is were available Thursday.

December 28, 2012

Ayla Reynolds' mother frustrated with investigators

WATERVILLE -- The mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds said investigators canceled a meeting that was planned for last week, and she's becoming frustrated by continued delays.

December 27, 2012

Central Maine gets creamed, but closures minimize snowstorm's impact Several photos included in this story

Lonely capital-area commutes made for few accidents on central Maine roads covered by the biggest snowstorm so far this season Thursday.

December 27, 2012

Schools, human services must service brunt of $35.5 million spending halt

Gov. Paul LePage issued a package of spending cuts Thursday that will put much of the burden for closing a $35.5 million budget gap on public schools and human services.

December 27, 2012

School districts call midyear budget cuts a tough assignment

If finding places to save money in a school district is difficult during the spring budget season, it's even tougher when students are about to return from winter break, local superintendents said Thursday.

December 27, 2012

Big storm a big boon for region's skiing, snowmobiling venues

The same snow that kept, or in some cases sent, central Mainers off the roads Thursday is likely to send some of them into the woods atop skis and snowmobiles in the coming days.

December 27, 2012

Skowhegan artist finds pottery business slow to take shape

SKOWHEGAN -- Yvonne Bollenbacher sat in her half-empty pottery studio Monday morning as her boyfriend, Joey, packed pieces of art and ceramic.

December 27, 2012

Waterville's Scott Bolduc named Business Person of the Year by Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

AUGUSTA -- Scott Bolduc was in his 20s and managing an auto repair shop in Lisbon Falls when one of his friends was disabled in a motorcycle accident.

December 27, 2012

Farmington District Court, Nov. 1 - 15, 2012

FARMINGTON -- The following cases were closed from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, 2012, in Farmington District Court.

December 27, 2012

READERS' PHOTOS: Thursday snowstorm Several photos included in this story

We asked you to post your storm-related photos on Thursday on Facebook and Twitter. Here's what our readers, fans and followers saw during the day.

December 28, 2012

Obama calls for last-ditch fiscal cliff discussions

Congressional leaders say they'll talk to the president, but some wonder if there is still time to agree on a deal..

December 27, 2012

No deal in sight as deadline for fiscal deal nears

Majority Leader Harry Reid charged Thursday that the House was "being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker."

December 28, 2012

LePage orders $35.5 million in state spending cuts

Education ($12.6 million) and health services ($13.4 million) will bear the brunt of the cuts, which come after state revenues fail to meet projections.

December 27, 2012

US consumer confidence falls on fiscal cliff fears

Consumers' outlook for the next six months deteriorated to its lowest level since 2011.

December 27, 2012

Winter storm rolling through central Maine

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Elizabeth Lawson, of Waterville, struggles with her unbrella as she is pelted with snow and high winds on her way to Dunkin' Donuts on College Avenue in Waterville Thursday. Central Maine is expected to see 12 - 18 inches of snow before the storm moves through by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

December 27, 2012

Tailgates stolen from pickups at Maine dealership

Police say the tailgates were removed from trucks at Arundel Ford's lot either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

December 27, 2012

Newtown, Conn., officials request halt to gifts

Gifts from school supplies to artwork have arrived in such numbers they've overwhelmed the small community's ability to process them.

December 27, 2012

NH police stop nearly 4,000 vehicles in 2 weekends

A total of 834 speeding citations and nearly 2,500 warnings were issued as part of what's known as C.A.R.E. Life Saver Weekends.

December 27, 2012

Homer exhibit in final days at Portland museum

Due to the show's popularity, the museum extended its Thursday and Saturday hours until 8 p.m. through the end of the exhibit.

December 27, 2012

Bangor police issue warning about apartment scam

Police say a woman last week replied to an ad and received a call back from a number that later appeared to be from Nigeria.

December 27, 2012

Storm prompts closure of Maine state offices, Portland City Hall

All state government offices are closed on Thursday, but are expected to open on schedule on Friday.