News from December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012

Litchfield same-sex couple disappointed that town staffers didn't perform marriage ceremony

A gay couple were disappointed Monday morning when they asked to be married at the Litchfield Town Office and were turned away, though the town clerk and deputy town clerk are authorized to perform weddings.

December 31, 2012

Same-sex couples not rushing to wed, region's town clerks report

Just a handful of couples in the region sought state marriage licenses from local municipal offices on Monday, the first full day of regular business since gay marriage became legal in Maine.

December 31, 2012

Affidavit provides details in Biddeford double slaying

Susan Johnson was shot twice, in the arm and in the back, and was hiding behind a Christmas tree in her Biddeford apartment, left for dead, while her landlord fatally shot her son and his girlfriend, police revealed Monday.

December 31, 2012

Fairfield hires lawyer for internal review of police chief

FAIRFIELD -- The town plans to conduct its own review of a situation involving police Chief John Emery, who has been on leave since Wednesday.

December 31, 2012

Drunken driver in 1996 Skowhegan triple-fatal crash loses bid for license renewal

SKOWHEGAN -- The state's highest court has denied an appeal by a Skowhegan man who sought to get his driver's license reinstated after it was revoked permanently following a triple fatal, drunken-driving car crash in 1996.

December 31, 2012

Sauerkraut an old new-year tradition, and new twist for old Maine farms

For some Americans, New Year's Day is incomplete without a meal of pork and sauerkraut.

December 31, 2012

Windsor man charged with manslaughter in fatal March sidewalk crash in Augusta

AUGUSTA -- A Windsor man who was allegedly under the influence of drugs has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a crash last March that killed a city woman as she walked along the sidewalk on North Belfast Avenue.

December 31, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 31, 2012

IN ANSON, Sunday at 8:07 p.m., police made an arrest after a report of a domestic disturbance on Greenleaf Road.

December 31, 2012

One dead, three missing and presumed dead in Rangeley Lake snowmobiling incidents Several photos included in this story

RANGELEY — The body of a 45-year-old Yarmouth woman was recovered Monday from Rangeley Lake and three men are presumed dead there as well after two separate snowmobiling incidents over the weekend.

December 31, 2012

AG: Maine trooper justified in Edinburg shooting

Investigators say Trooper Christopher Hashey shot 54-year-old Warren Dome twice when he refused to drop a knife and advanced toward the trooper.

December 31, 2012

Collins blasts U.S. government over Benghazi Video clip included

“The fact is Benghazi was awash in dangerous weapons and extremists and yet the State Department either ignored or responded incompletely," she says.

December 31, 2012

Public hearing set on Waterville charter

WATERVILLE -- Residents on Thursday will have a chance to give input on issues related to the city charter.

December 31, 2012

Somerset County police logs

Monday's police summaries

December 31, 2012

Waterville, Oakland police logs and arrest

Shoplifter, thefts, harassment

December 31, 2012

Maine deer kill up 11 percent from 2011

Biologist Lee Kantar says last winter's mild weather resulted in a bumper yearling crop for hunters.

December 31, 2012

Democratic officials: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000, and spending cuts would be delayed two months while Republicans and Democrats try to reach an agreement.

December 31, 2012

Cat stuck in tree for week back on ground, but where?

The cat fell to the ground and ran off after Rochester, Mass., firefighters cut the branch it was perched on Sunday.

December 31, 2012

Tribune leaves bankruptcy after 4 years

The company publishes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune and also owns WGN in Chicago and 22 other television stations.

December 31, 2012

Suspect in NYC subway death arrested before

It isn't clear whether Erika Menendez had a diagnosed mental condition. But her previous arrests and legal troubles paint a portrait of a troubled woman.

December 31, 2012

Final resting place of Newtown gunman a mystery

A spokesman for the family says Peter Lanza has claimed the remains of 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

December 31, 2012

Al-Qaida offers bounty for US ambassador in Yemen

The government blames al-Qaida for the killing of several senior military and intelligence officials this year mainly by gunmen on motorbikes.

December 31, 2012

Maine gas prices on the way up

The national average remains well below the Maine average of $3.51 per gallon.

December 31, 2012

Wishful list has no love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'

A dirty dozen words and phrases have landed on the annual tongue-in-cheek List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

December 31, 2012

New Maine contractor law goes into effect

The law clarifies the conditions under which a worker is classified as an employee or as an independent contractor.

December 31, 2012

Mystery surrounds couple missing in Afghanistan

A pregnant American woman and her Canadian husband have not been heard from since Oct. 8.

December 31, 2012

Clinton's blood clot located near brain, doctors say Video clip included

But doctors say they are confident that she will make a full recovery.