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Mark LaFlamme is a Sun Journal reporter and weekly columnist. He's been on the nighttime police beat since 1994, which is just grand because he doesn't like getting out of bed before noon. Mark is the author of eight published novels and rides a dual sport motorcycle everywhere he goes. Unless it's winter, in which case he just sulks a lot.

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  • Published
    June 16, 2019

    A paper carrier’s tale: Mayors, business owners, police officers — they all got their starts delivering the local paper

    They became mayors and business owners, martial arts experts and police officers. And they all got their cold, snowy rainy, dog-snarling, fourth-floor-climbing, ultimately (mostly) rewarding starts delivering the local newspaper.

  • Published
    June 16, 2019

    ‘Bad dreams’ and ‘appreciation’ stay with former super carrier Sadie Landry

    It’s been nearly three decades since Sadie Landry delivered a newspaper and yet there are still nights when the bad dreams come. “I’m out delivering and I can’t remember where the paper goes,” Landry says of those dreams. “I can’t remember who gets the paper and where it goes. I’m 41 years old and I […]

  • Published
    June 14, 2019

    Bike all day, chill all night: Trekkers gather in Lewiston

    Cyclists enjoy a variety of foods and music on their overnight stay.

  • Published
    June 14, 2019

    Police log

    Booking Lewiston Kathy Moberg, 51, of 17 Howe St., on a charge of domestic assault, 7:45 a.m. Friday at that address. Jonathan Diaz, 34, listed as transient, on a charge of failure to comply with the sex offender registry, 2:27 p.m. Friday at 67 Pierce St. Cyril Anduze, 42, of 23 Bolduc St., on a […]

  • Published
    June 14, 2019

    Farmington biker seriously injured in Avon crash

    Travis Greenman was seriously injured on Route 4.

  • Published
    June 13, 2019

    Lewiston watches closely as migrants flow into Portland

    LEWISTON — Portland is experiencing an influx of migrants that some worry could spread into Lewiston. On Tuesday, Portland City Manager Jon Jennings set up an emergency shelter to accommodate more than 200 asylum seekers heading to the city from the South. As Jennings prepared to get the emergency shelter staffed, he said he would […]

  • Published
    June 13, 2019

    Police log

    Charges Lewiston Stephen Tardiff, 44, of 280 Summer St., Auburn, on a charge of disorderly conduct, 8:33 p.m. Wednesday at 1079 Sabattus St. Luke Watson, 22, of 83 Hardscrabble Road, Poland, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, 1:08 a.m. Thursday at Sabattus and Hamel streets. Derek Bates, 25, of 1471 Bear Pond Road, Hartford, […]

  • Published
    June 12, 2019

    Police log

    Arrests Lewiston Debra Thomas, 52, of 92 Harlow Hill Road, Turner, on a charge of violating conditions of release, 9:29 p.m. Tuesday, at Bates and Pine streets. Anthony Hourihan, 50, of Kingston, New Brunswick, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, 12:54 a.m. Wednesday, at Lisbon Street and Adams Avenue. Vincent Cousins, 25, of 81 […]

  • Published
    June 11, 2019

    Police log

    Charges Lewiston Richard Deshane, 50, of 10 Walker St., Augusta, on a warrant charging failure to appear in court, 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Main Street. Justin Lord, 30, of 84 Hackett Road, on a charge of domestic assault, 4:50 p.m. Friday at that address. Auburn Felicia Cadman, 26, of 8 Fairmount Ave., on a warrant […]

  • Published
    June 9, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: As easy as falling off a bike

    Taking it to the streets On Tuesday, one of my downtown friends reported a woman dragging a vacuum cleaner up Pine Street just a few minutes before midnight. Finally there’s someone willing to get out there and clean up the downtown. A-OK, good buddy Well, it finally happened. While attempting to fix a broken knob […]

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