News from December 9, 2012

December 10, 2012

Skowhegan police chief recalls recent Air National Guard tour in Southwest Asia

SKOWHEGAN -- Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons, 54, said jokes about his age were common during his recent eight-month military tour in the deserts of Southwest Asia.

December 9, 2012

Gardiner diner puts on fourth annual latke party to celebrate start of Hanukkah

GARDINER -- "Latke, latke, latke," 6-year-old Yana Montell said as she waited -- almost patiently -- with a row of other young girls sipping hot cocoa on their stools Sunday afternoon at the A1 Diner's counter, waiting for the gathering's star attraction.

December 9, 2012

Augusta District Court, Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2012

AUGUSTA -- The following is a list of cases closed between Nov. 29, 2012, and Dec. 5, 2012, in Augusta District Court:

December 9, 2012

Belgrade library begins move to bigger, better Depot Road quarters Several photos included in this story

BELGRADE -- Library patrons will have more elbow room once the library completes its move to its more than-four-times-as-large new location on Dec. 18.

December 9, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 9, 2012

IN ATHENS, Saturday at 5:43 p.m., a vehicle accident was reported on Main Street.

December 10, 2012

Former MOFGA leader dies; ran group more than 17 years

Russell Libby, who for more than 17 years was executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, died Sunday. He was 56.

December 9, 2012

REPORTING ASIDE: Warmth beyond physical comfort

Theresa Khan breezes into the Waterville Area Warming Center on Water Street, saying good morning and placing her belongings on a long table in the corner.

December 9, 2012

Penney Memorial Christmas Cantata makes 25th annual run Sunday

AUGUSTA -- Julie Gilbert is reaching out to a familiar face from the past to bring something both new and traditional to the annual Penney Memorial Christmas Cantata.

December 9, 2012

Winslow Town Council to hear Maine Natural Gas pipeline details Monday

WINSLOW -- Two companies are vying for an opportunity to supply natural gas to central Maine, and a representative from one will present his case to the Town Council tonight.

December 9, 2012

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

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

December 11, 2012

A Portland Press Herald Special Report: Today's complete coverage

Fourth of four parts: A new system in Maine evaluates deadly force incidents, but little is done to share the findings, and few lawmakers actually read the reports.

December 9, 2012

Police, fire departments hang blue stars to honor their deployed servicemen

AUGUSTA -- It hangs prominently: a dark blue star contrasting sharply against the white backdrop. It's a notice that one of their own is missing; it's reserved for family.

December 9, 2012

PHOTO: Sidney rollover

Sidney firefighters survey a Toyota truck that rolled over on a shaded portion of West River Road, near the Dinsmore Road, on Sunday. State police Trooper Rick Moody said the accident was caused by slippery road conditions and the female operator complained of neck pain. A snowmobile in back of truck was ejected and also damaged.

December 9, 2012

Northern Maine named top travel destination

Lonely Planet names northern Maine to its list of Top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2013, for its moose, whitewater rafting and hiking.

December 9, 2012

Ex-President Bush remains hospitalized, stable

Doctors say George H.W. Bush continues to improve from a bronchitis-related cough, but they're in no hurry to release him.

December 9, 2012

Hebron seeks taxes from private school

Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments on whether Hebron Academy should pay property taxes on facilities it rents to outside groups.

December 9, 2012

Same-sex couples in Washington start taking wedding vows

Maine's law takes effect on Dec. 29. There's no waiting period, and people can start marrying just after midnight.

December 9, 2012

Festival of Trees opens Monday in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD -- Seventeen trees decorated for Christmas will be on display starting Monday at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good-Will Hinckley.

December 9, 2012

Waterville area and Somerset, Franklin County logs, Dec. 8 and 9

Vehicle accidents, burglary, assault

December 9, 2012

US Attorney in Maine collects nearly $2M for year

U.S. Attorneys' Offices are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. government, and criminal debts owed to crime victims.

December 9, 2012

Maine session starts icily as big issues loom

An observer mentioned that some early-session antagonism can be expected, given the partisan divide between the legislative and executive branches.

December 9, 2012

Senator: Republican Party could accept higher taxes on wealthy

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn, says raising the top tax rate to 39.6 percent could be done so that negotiators could shift their focus on entitlement spending such as Medicare and Social Security.

December 9, 2012

Pakistan: US drone kills senior al-Qaida leader

Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti was not part of the U.S. State Department's list of most wanted terrorist suspects

December 9, 2012

Chavez faces new cancer battle, surgery in Cuba

Several outside medical experts said that based on Hugo Chavez's account of his condition and his treatment so far, they doubt the cancer can be cured.

December 9, 2012

Dog park 3 years in the making opens in Bangor

Two more phases are planned to expand the dog area and add a training area.

December 9, 2012

Maine Medical installs high-tech records system

PORTLAND -- Maine Medical Center launched a totally integrated electronic health records system this week that promises to benefit both patients and employees.