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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 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.

  • Published
    July 9, 2020

    Greene man arrested after high-speed chase

    Chad Michael Nichols was arrested by Lewiston police on warrants for multiple drug and weapons charges, as well as a slew of traffic offenses by Maine State Police who pursued him through Greene to Lewiston.

  • Published
    July 9, 2020

    Jay mill to reduce workforce related to April explosion

    Nearly 60 people will be laid off as a result of the April explosion that interrupted pulp manufacturing at the Androscoggin Mill.

  • Published
    July 9, 2020

    VIDEO: Watch a tree burn from the inside after a lightning strike

    WALES — Thunderstorm not enough to wow you? Need more dazzling effects? The Wales Fire Department on Wednesday posted a video of flames burning within a tree trunk after a lightning strike in the afternoon. Firefighters were sent to the fire near Leeds Junction Road where they found the tree glowing from within. According to […]

  • Published
    July 6, 2020

    Police log

    Charges Lewiston • Liban Mohamad, 18, of 55 Tall Pines Drive, on charges of criminal trespass and theft, 7 p.m. Sunday, at that address. • Mustaf Abdille, 33, of 55 Tall Pines Drive, on charges of public consumption of alcohol and violating conditions of release, 11:10 a.m. Monday, on Lisbon Street. • Bryan LeClair, 28, […]

  • Published
    July 6, 2020

    Mark LaFlamme: The art of extrication

    To my eye, extrication is like surgery on a magnified scale. You’re slicing and cutting and tearing into metal instead of human flesh, but the operation requires the same level of precision, and the ultimate aim is the same: the preservation of human life. 

  • Published
    July 6, 2020

    Abracadabra! Lewiston firefighters help wannabe escape artist out of his handcuffs

    Daniel Gribbin wasn’t under arrest but he still ended up in the police station unable to get out of his own handcuffs. They couldn’t do it either.

  • Published
    July 5, 2020

    Big metal-detecting discoveries from around the world

    The golden chalice Diving off Key West in 2008, treasure hunger Mike DeMar discovered a 385-year old gold chalice from the Spanish ship Santa Margarita. The ship sank in 1622 and was full of treasure. Mike DeMar was rewarded with $1 million. The Boot of Cortez While detecting in the desert of Senora, Mexico, a […]