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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 5, 2019

    Photo: Crews battle dryer fire in Lewiston

    No one was injured and flames were contained to the apartment building on Oxford Street.

  • Published
    July 5, 2019

    Police investigate shooting in Lewiston late Thursday night

    Victim on Bartlett Street reportedly shot multiple times in the stomach.

  • Published
    July 3, 2019

    Auburn man collapses while fighting hay fire in Route 136 field

    Witnesses said Roger Gauthier had been haying his 3 acres next to Penley Corner Church at about 5 p.m. when the back of his hay cart went up in flames.

  • Published
    July 3, 2019

    Street Talk: A midsummer night’s scream

    Writer Mark LaFlamme attends this year’s Fourth of July festivities as good-old Yankee Doodle Downer.

  • Published
    June 30, 2019

    Street Talk: Eyes wide shut and stuff

    The Order of Streets It’s incredibly sad. For more than a quarter-century I’ve been working the crime beat in downtown Lewiston. For more than a quarter century, I’ve failed to memorize the order of streets that run between Pine and Ash. Is it Blake, Pierce, Bartlett, Howard, Howe, Shawmut, Horton? Does Pierce come before Blake? […]

  • Published
    June 30, 2019

    Face time: Spinning tunes with Bill Lepack

    Not long ago, while trawling YouTube, I discovered the music of Slade, a band that dates back to the late ’60s and yet somehow I’d never heard of them. Absolutely floored by their tunes, I consulted with Bill Lepack, a fellow who lives in Livermore and who I consider an expert on music, the obscure […]

  • Published
    June 28, 2019

    One person dead after car collides with motorcycles in Turner

    Police say Matthew Houle died when a car crossed the centerline into the path of two motorcycles.

  • Published
    June 27, 2019

    Army band to play at Liberty Festival

    LEWISTON — For as long as anyone can remember, organizers of the annual Liberty Festival have had one big item on their wish list: They wanted more than anything for the 195th Maine Army National Guard Band to play there. Wish noted, wish granted: The highly sought band will play this year as the festivities […]

  • Published
    June 27, 2019

    Water mains break throughout Thursday in Lewiston

    LEWISTON — City crews were vexed by a series of water main breaks Thursday in three areas along Sabattus Street. Traffic tangled in the afternoon on outer Sabattus Street when a pair of water main breaks were discovered while construction crews were working in that area. Traffic between Lewiston and Sabattus was limited to one […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2019

    Poland motorcyclist dies in Casco crash

    CASCO — A Poland man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle and a pickup truck collided at Routes 121 and 11. Police said 52-year-old Robert Hollingshead was dead when emergency crews arrived at the 5 p.m. wreck. Deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office shut down a section of the road as emergency crews […]

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