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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
    July 21, 2020

    Street Talk: Woodsy the Owl is turning mean

    The big man was stuck at a light on Sabattus Street and he used the idle minute to stuff his face.  Big Mac, it looked like, or possibly a quarter pounder. Before the light went from red to green, he wolfed down half of it and managed to cram in a handful of fries, as […]

  • Published
    July 19, 2020

    Talk of the town: So, what are you wearing?

    Tarantulas seized from Norway motel I have just received information that William Shatner is shaken but otherwise safe after the ordeal. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to go back to the ’70s and watch more “Creature Features.” The most wonderful time of the year? Meanwhile, in downtown Lewiston, a […]

  • Published
    July 17, 2020

    Can you spare some change? Coin shortage hits area

    Some say people with rolled coins haven’t brought them to banks, credit unions.

  • Published
    July 16, 2020

    Paris man accused of threatening to lynch a woman in civil rights complaint

    Tyler Tripp is accused of threatening to hang a Black woman from a tree during a confrontation in Norway last month.

  • Published
    July 15, 2020

    Lewiston school committee approves departure of superintendent

    The Lewiston School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept the resignation of Todd Finn while naming Jake Langlais as his temporary replacement.

  • Published
    July 13, 2020

    Mark LaFlamme: The mystery of Todd Finn

    It got to the point where I cringed every time I heard the man’s name.  All day and into the night, people wrote or called or tapped on my shoulder to say things about the beleaguered school superintendent, Todd Finn.   “A wonderful man,” one would declare. “A saint, really. A heroic figure utterly dedicated to the education […]

  • Published
    July 12, 2020

    Face Time: Lisbon auctioneer Daniel Soules and a new record?

    The painting, which came out of an estate in Rhode Island after it had been passed down through four generations, was not expected to be such a popular item.

  • Published
    July 12, 2020

    Mark LaFlamme: Surly reporter ready to put on pants

    Spot of teeeeea? I tell you people, I’ve been misunderstood about the matter of my shameful foray into tea drinking, as I described in a recent column. In one recent letter, received on Monday, the writer commiserates on the miseries of “refraining from coffee,” and goes on to write, “you mustn’t be despondent, dear one.” […]

  • Published
    July 10, 2020

    Turner postpones annual Town Meeting

    Town Manager Kurt Schaub said the town will await the return of traditional meetings, and will operate in the meantime with a budget identical to last year’s.

  • Published
    July 10, 2020

    Maine’s Twitter users among top for anti-mask feelings

    Maine ranked fifth in a list of states where heavy opposition to face coverings were observed on the social media platform.