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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
    March 13, 2020

    Maine courts announce restrictions for coronavirus

    Courthouses will remain open, but some proceedings will be postponed.

  • Published
    March 12, 2020

    Maine’s first presumed COVID-19 case is a Navy reservist tested at CMMC

    A Lewiston day care owner — who is not exhibiting any symptoms — picked the patient up from the airport Tuesday and is now in self-quarantine. She closed her day care temporarily.

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    Lewiston police search for missing man

    Michael Allen Roberts, 63, hasn’t been seen downtown since December.

  • Published
    March 9, 2020

    Video killed the composite sketch star

    The dude who robbed the 7- Eleven wore a blood red hoodie over a dark brown coat with a worn Carhartt logo on the front. Tattooed along the right side of his neck sat Tweety Bird, smoking a blunt while wrapped in razor wire — clearly your suspect is a fellow with deeply rooted issues involving Saturday […]

  • Published
    March 8, 2020

    Y’all stop licking things

    My embarrassing friend So, I have this buddy who’s soooo lame, he let his wife talk him into watching “Outlander” with her. Ha! Loser! I mean, we’re talking about a classic bodice ripper that’s only thinly veiled as a period drama with some murky time travel and an occasional sword fight. This is a show […]

  • Published
    March 5, 2020

    Lewiston man arrested on drug charges

    David Levesque charged with having cocaine and suboxone,

  • Published
    March 2, 2020

    Street Talk: Narcan — The misunderstood hero of the drug underworld

    It was late on a Friday night and somewhere in Auburn another drug overdose was underway.  I don’t know if it was man or woman, this time, or if the victim was young or old. All I knew for sure was that the first responder from the Fire Department had administered Narcan and the victim […]

  • Published
    March 1, 2020

    Face Time: Deputy Victor Barr and his K9 partner

    Cats and criminals take note: Androscoggin County has a new deputy dog. The Sheriff’s Department has taken on a young Czechoslovakian shepherd as the agency’s newest officer. The dog, who is off to K9 training with his handler, is named Sampson in honor of popular Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Sampson, who died in the spring of […]

  • Published
    March 1, 2020

    Take cover! It’s the BIG ONE!

    Earthquake! Are you all right? Did you survive it? I’m kind of afraid that many of our friends and loved ones may have been lost in the rubble of the MASSIVE QUAKE that rocked, rolled and rumbled across our delicate region last weekend. Of course, the “rubble” consisted mainly of one or two knickknacks fallen […]

  • Published
    February 29, 2020

    Car going 100 mph into Auburn crashes into Circle K

    Police spotted car going 100 mph on Washington Street minutes before crash.