News from November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012

A year later, Lewiston murder confounds family, police

LEWISTON -- Samantha Folsom had been missing for three days when her parents took matters into their own hands.

November 24, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 24, 2012

IN ANSON, Friday at 7:45 a.m., a report of a past burglary was investigated on North Main Street.

November 24, 2012

Private investigators torn on fugitive James Cameron's ability to elude capture Several photos included in this story

You just found out you're headed back to prison, so you cut off your monitoring bracelet and have some time before a federal probation officer will knock down your door.

November 24, 2012

Main Street Skowhegan merchants prep for Santa's Village

SKOWHEGAN -- Volunteers with Main Street Skowhegan took advantage of the crowds downtown for Small Business Saturday with a little window dressing of their own -- group president Gene Rouse and his wife Amy decorating the windows for Santa's Village.

November 24, 2012

Advocates seek law changes to improve hypodermic needle disposal safety

Some states have laws addressing household sharps disposal. In Massachusetts, for example, it's illegal to dispose of them the way other household waste is. Instead, users are required to put the needles into approved collection containers and take them to collection centers.

November 24, 2012

Tree lighting ceremony lifts spirits, business in downtown Augusta Several photos included in this story Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- This year's tree lighting festivities brought plenty of parents and kids, giving a welcome boost for downtown businesses, despite the cold weather.

November 24, 2012

Maine Democrats move to overturn GOP's health insurance regulation changes

AUGUSTA -- Democrats who've wrested control of the Legislature back from Republicans are poised to reverse a GOP health insurance overhaul when the 2013 session gets going.

November 24, 2012

ANALYSIS: Regional dissatisfaction with LePage spurred Democrats' resurgence in Legislature Several photos included in this story

A backlash against Gov. Paul LePage in the more populous regions of the state and an overwhelming spending advantage for Democrats in key races were largely responsible for ending Republican control of both State House chambers this month.

November 24, 2012

Maine's rules lax on properly labeling, containing discarded medical sharps

Maine and many other states have few requirements for the disposal of household sharps, although a general recommendation is to dispose of them in tough, clearly labeled plastic containers.

November 24, 2012

State seeks to reduce unsafe needle jabs

While a bill to reduce sharps-caused injuries wasn't passed this year, its presence did stimulate action on the issue at the state level.

November 25, 2012

Anson murder trial begins Monday

SKOWHEGAN -- The trial of a Norridgewock man charged with the fatal shooting of an Anson man about three years ago will begin Monday.

November 24, 2012

PHOTOS: Santa calls on Waterville's Kringleville Several photos included in this story

Santa Claus made his annual holiday visit to Waterville's Parade of Lights on Friday evening, and met children at Kringleville, in Castonguay Square, on Saturday.

November 24, 2012

'Dallas' star Larry Hagman dead at 81

The actor earned his greatest acclaim for playing ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing.