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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 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.

  • Published
    February 28, 2020

    A Call for Kindness: Lewiston anti-bullying forum emotional

    Students, adults share their experiences, receive encouragement, validation.

  • Published
    February 28, 2020

    Lewiston man among three arrested in Topsham drug bust

    State police found $60,000 worth of meth and cocaine at Topsham traffic stop.

  • Published
    February 28, 2020

    New York fugitive arrested in Lewiston

    Clifton Thomas is accused of violating his parole on an assault charge.

  • Published
    February 25, 2020

    Fine dining and how to avoid it

    You people with your blooming onions, your volcano bowls, your various meats on sticks.   I see you in there. You’re cracking jokes with the waitress, hitting her with soaring one-liners such as, “My name is Bob and I’ll be your customer tonight!”  You’re buttering bread, negotiating over side dishes, ordering a fifth refill of chips […]