News from December 29, 2012

December 29, 2012

Angus King targets filibusters, campaign financing and gun control as he prepares for US Senate term Several photos included in this story

Angus King Sen.-elect Angus King will work to reform filibuster rules, the banking sector and gun laws.

December 29, 2012

Closed-door talks on fiscal cliff continue

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders worked feverishly behind closed doors Saturday to avert the most painful parts of a looming fiscal crisis, debating which taxpayers could or should pay more as part of a deal that would ward off looming tax increases for everyone.

December 29, 2012

Olympia Snowe: a career of firsts and fights

Olympia Snowe WASHINGTON -- It was just a few days before Christmas 2004 when Sen. Olympia Snowe received word that thousands of jobs at Bath Iron Works, Maine's largest employer, were in serious jeopardy.

December 30, 2012

Two people killed in Biddeford shooting

Police have taken a man into custody following a standoff with police.

December 29, 2012

Lakeside Motel, Cabins and Marina wins President's Award from Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

WINTHROP — Twenty-six years ago, Andy and Sheree Wess bought a motel property in need of work on the north end of Lake Cobbossee in East Winthrop.

December 29, 2012

Grind local: Skowhegan grist millers tap old skills

SKOWHEGAN -- Dale Watson was about 10 years old when somebody snapped a picture of him and his father, Charles, examining milling equipment at the family's grist mill in Skowhegan.

December 29, 2012

DC NOTEBOOK: As cliff nears, a look at Maine delegation's positions

Olympia Snowe WASHINGTON -- With the nation peering over the fiscal cliff and Congress likely to cast votes Sunday or Monday on possible alternatives, it is worth taking another look at where members of Maine's delegation stand -- or stood recently -- on the major issues.

December 29, 2012

After 46 years, Franklin County Sheriff Dennis Pike hits the road

FARMINGTON -- On Friday Sheriff Dennis Pike turned over the keys to the sheriff department car, and by the new year he will have cleaned out the few belongings he's kept at the office.

December 29, 2012

Winslow collision closes Route 32, causes minor injuries Saturday afternoon

WINSLOW -- Emergency workers closed a section of Route 32 for more than an hour Saturday afternoon after snowy conditions caused a two-vehicle crash.

December 29, 2012

Wilton's single-stream recycling program saves cash, reduces trash

WILTON -- The recycling program that the town switched to in September is expected to save taxpayers a few thousand dollars annually in disposal costs and is being greeted enthusiastically by residents, according to Town Manager Rhonda Irish.

December 29, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Dec. 29, 2012

IN FAIRFIELD, Friday at 2:45 p.m., a report of vandalism was investigated on Newhall Street.

December 29, 2012

Few ripples expected in $760 million sale of Maine dams to Canadian firm

Maine's largest producer of hydropower is selling all 19 of its hydroelectric dams, including projects on the Kennebec, Androscoggin, Saco and Presumpscot rivers, but consumers and recreational users of the waterways likely won't see a difference.

December 29, 2012

Teachers seek guidance from Legislature on student restraint rules

AUGUSTA -- In an elementary school classroom in central Maine this year, one girl has destroyed several books, ripped charts off the walls and thrown shoes at a classmate.

December 29, 2012

Former President Bush moved out of intensive care

George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush The condition of the 41st president, who developed a fever Dec. 23 after a month in the hospital, continues to improve, a family spokesman says.

December 29, 2012

20 vehicles crash on I-93 in NH; 5 injured

Twelve vehicles were involved in the initial crash, before four more vehicles then became involved.

December 29, 2012

Police logs for Waterville area and Somerset County for Dec. 29, 2012



December 29, 2012

Lawyer: $100M school shooting claim about security

The filing claims the state Board of Education, Department of Education and state education commissioner failed to protect the child "from foreseeable harm," including by failing to provide a safe school setting.

December 29, 2012

Midcoast could get another foot of snow overnight

The storm is moving up the coast and should make driving messy before it clears out Sunday morning.

December 29, 2012

Same-sex couples wed Saturday; among five capital-area couples registering intent to marry Several photos included in this story

HALLOWELL — Together 27 years, Brian Kaufman and Martin Swinger had spent the last three weeks planning their wedding.

December 29, 2012

LePage urges people to drive safely

Federal money is helping to pay a "Drive Sober Maine!" campaign that will continue into the new year.

December 29, 2012

No lines for same-sex marriage licenses at some municipal offices

Some municipal clerks said the lines failed to form for marriage licenses on the first day the new law went into effect,

December 29, 2012

Same-sex couples marry in Brunswick

Seven couples take out licenses on Saturday in Brunswick.

December 29, 2012

4 dead in Moscow airliner crash

Reports says four people were killed and another four severely injured when the plane rolled off the runway into a snowy field and disintegrated.

December 29, 2012

South Portland City Hall welcomes same-sex marriages

South Portland City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to noon for marriage licenses and ceremonies joining other communities holding special hours Saturday, the first day same sex marriage is legal in Maine.

December 29, 2012

Maine attorney general warns of phone scam

The scam claims consumers are being threatened with legal action.

December 29, 2012

Maine man appealing 45-year sentence for murder

Eric Hamel, 22, argues that the lower court judge abused its discretion in sentencing him to a longer term than that of his two co-conspirators.