(AP) - Nearly all of northern New England is under winter storm warnings and watches for a storm system expected to move in tomorrow and drop snow well into Thursday. A wide swath from New York's Adirondacks through central and northern Maine is expected to see well over a foot of snow in the region's first major storm this month. Some coastal areas likely will see the snow mix with rain and sleet.
WEST GARDINER, Maine (AP) - The armed person who prompted a lockdown at a West Gardiner elementary school last week turns out to have been a state trooper visiting a child. Still, the schools superintendent says proper procedure wasn't followed, telling the Kennebec Journal the principal should have stayed in her office and immediately called police. Instead, she ordered the lockdown and went looking for the person.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maine Senator Angus King was among a group of Democratic lawmakers who pulled an all-nighter last night on the Senate floor focused on global warming. Republicans denounced the talkathon as a stunt. King says it was needed to raise the issue's profile and show that lawmakers are committed to tackling climate change.
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A homeless man has been arrested in Waterville and charged with stealing thousands of dollars' worth of cards for the popular fantasy role-play game "Magic: The Gathering." The Morning Sentinel reports police found Robert White with the cars at his encampment. Most of the cards were recovered, still in their original wrapping.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Voters today are deciding a special election race for a new North County executive councilor. Democrat Michael Cryans and Republican Joe Kenney are on the ballot for the District One seat opened up when Ray Burton died last November. Kenney has been a state lawmaker while Cryans has been a Graton County commissioner since 1997.
HUDSON, N.H. (AP) - An apparent standoff involving police this morning in Hudson has ended with a man taken into custody. Police had closed off a section of Central Street this morning and warned people to stay away. WMUR-TV says police have not detailed what happened but there were no apparent injuries.
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - State authorities are looking into a shooting at a Rochester mobile home park that involved a police officer. Authorities say four state and Strafford County officers were serving an arrest warrant yesterday afternoon when the subject of the warrant was shot. It is not clear who fired the gun or what prompted the shooting.
ALTON, N.H. (AP) - A small plane runway on the frozen surface of Lake Winnipesaukee is shut down for now after a second plane in two days skidded while landing and crashed into a snowbank last night. There were no injuries among the three people on the Cirrus aircraft.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A state House committee has rejected proposals to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Committee members voted down both proposals this morning after hearing from state health chief Dr. Harry Chen. Chen opposed the proposal, saying 18-to-20-year-olds are legally adults and should have the freedom to smoke.
WESTMINSTER, Vt. (AP) - A Westminster man cited for animal cruelty at a holiday-themed park after dead deer were found on the property is now facing grand larceny charges. The Brattleboro Reformer reports Brian Deistler allegedly stole antiques. He is caretaker at Santa's Land, where 16 deer carcasses along with a dead pig and a pheasant were found last month.
PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Goddard College has appointed Robert Kenny to lead the school as interim president after Barbara Vacarr stepped down last year to focus on family issues. The move marks a return to Goddard for Kenny, who oversaw finance and academic affairs while at the school from 2008 to 2011. He has been serving as a vice president at a New Jersey university.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Solar energy is coming to Burlington International Airport. The airport has a deal to lease out the top of its parking garage, where Burlington Electric will put the $1.5 million project. The city department will lease the currently empty space for $20,000 a year.
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