News from January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

Mexico standoff ends in arrest

Police took a man into custody Tuesday night after a standoff that lasted more than two hours on Brown Street.

January 2, 2013

Bright spots in Maine's economy mask challenges ahead

The state is poorly positioned in growing industries and needs help from a strong national recovery.

January 1, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 1, 2013

IN CLINTON, Monday at 9:02 p.m., a fireworks complaint was reported on Battle Ridge Road.

January 1, 2013

Family Violence Project recognized for community service by Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

AUGUSTA -- The Family Violence Project carefully tracks the number of victims it serves, but just as important is something that can't be counted: abuse averted by education and prevention efforts.

January 1, 2013

Augusta swears in city councilors, school board members, mayor on Thursday

AUGUSTA -- City councilors, school board members and Mayor William Stokes will be sworn in to office in an inauguration ceremony Thursday, to be followed by a brief council business meeting.

January 1, 2013

Region's residents look forward to professionally, personally prosperous 2013 Several photos included in this story

Tom Bolster is looking forward to a healthy 2013, both in his personal life and for his business.

January 1, 2013

LePage readies package of welfare reform bills

The LePage administration appears ready to challenge the new Democratic-controlled Legislature with several bills intended to reform Maine's welfare system.

January 1, 2013

Skowhegan District Court, Nov. 26 to 30, 2012

SKOWHEGAN -- The following cases were closed from Nov. 26 to 30, 2012, in Skowhegan District Court.

January 1, 2013

Waterville baker appreciative of benefits of a blessed life

WATERVILLE -- Sharalyn Albertson put the finishing touches on a platter of champagne-flavored cupcakes Monday morning inside her new bakery on Silver Street.

January 1, 2013

Region's first New Year's baby born at Inland Hospital in Waterville

WATERVILLE -- It's a boy.

January 1, 2013

Waterville businessman, governor was an outspoken conservative, too, 100 years ago Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Republican Gov. William T. Haines told lawmakers 100 years ago today that they should stand firm on state-level Prohibition, and that they should make every day count.

January 1, 2013

Waterville City Council to consider permit conditions on troublesome taverns

WATERVILLE -- City councilors tonight will continue discussing how best to help decrease night fights, vandalism and other alcohol-related problems occurring downtown.

January 2, 2013

Alan Kelley retires as Somerset, Kennebec counties district attorney Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- After 33 years on the job, the last 12 months as acting district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties, prosecutor Alan Kelley retired Monday from his state job.

January 1, 2013

Farmington District Court

Holly Jean Witham, 51, Skowhegan, driving to endanger, Oct. 9, 2012, in Farmington; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension. OUI -- no test, one prior, Oct. 9, 2012, in Farmington; dismissed.

January 2, 2013

Congress approves new taxes on richest in 'fiscal cliff' deal

The drawn-out 'fiscal cliff' drama ends as the House of Representatives postpones automatic spending cuts and signs off on higher tax rates for the wealthy.

January 1, 2013

F. Lee Bailey denied bid to practice law in Maine

 The Maine Board of Bar Examiners rules that Bailey hadn't demonstrated that he possesses "the requisite honesty and integrity."

January 1, 2013

Maine pharmacy robberies doubled in 2012

The troubling trend came in a year that otherwise was relatively safe, says a Maine State Police spokesman.

January 1, 2013

Winter fishing season kicks off in Maine

Besides ice fishing, the state now allows fishermen to cast their rods in open waters of lakes, ponds and streams during the winter.

January 1, 2013

Bomb threat forces Portland bus, train station to close

Police charge a Portland man with terrorizing after the threat forced a four-hour shutdown and bus cancellations.

January 1, 2013

Members-only pot clubs springing up in Colo.

The private pot dens began popping up less than a month after Colorado's governor signed into law a constitutional amendment allowing recreational pot use.

January 1, 2013

Bill to avert 'fiscal cliff' heads to House

The measure ensures that lawmakers will have to revisit difficult budget questions in just a few weeks, as relief from painful spending cuts expires and the government requires an increase in its borrowing cap.

January 1, 2013

Snowe, Collins support 'fiscal cliff' compromise in early-morning vote

Like many of their colleagues, the two Maine senators said the final package was far from perfect but, most importantly, avoided tax hikes on the middle class.

January 1, 2014

Key laws taking effect today

Key health care rules as well as new mortgage regulations will affect many Mainers.

January 1

In Maine, a year of charitable giving from 7 who care

Many people contributed to worthy causes in 2013. Here's seven key philanthropists – who think locally and give generously – discussing why they give.