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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
    August 1, 2019

    One hurt in Lisbon Street crash

    LEWISTON – A woman was hurt Thursday night when the car she was riding in slammed into a utility pole on Lisbon Street. The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. at the entrance to Domino’s Pizza at 1104 Lisbon St., not far from the corner of Scribner Boulevard. Witnesses reported hearing the crash as the four-door […]

  • Published
    August 1, 2019

    New Hampshire man dead in ATV crash in Naples

    Wayne Jackson, 59, of Loudon was pinned beneath the machine on Pitt Road.

  • Published
    July 31, 2019

    Police charge Auburn man with murder in shooting at Walmart

    Officials said the encounter Saturday was not random, and an autopsy confirmed Jean Fournier, 41, died of gunshot wounds.

  • Published
    July 31, 2019

    PHOTO: Auburn woman hurt in Minot Avenue crash

  • Published
    July 30, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: You cannot outrun the news

    All I wanted was a humble can of WD-40 with which to oil my chain. I was at the tail end of a weeklong vacation and trying like hell to stay in a vacation state of mind. I refused to read Sun Journal news or even scan the headlines. I refused to even glance at […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: Ticks, poltergeists and subterranean cannibals

    Dragonflies dance in New Gloucester This was the headline on a very nice photo from Russ Dillingham in Tuesday’s Sun Journal. Dancing dragonflies are fun and all, but don’t expect it to last. There’s a group of crusty old people in New Gloucester who despise this kind of dancing and they won’t hesitate to institute […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2019

    The plane! Vietnam-era jet coming to Lewiston

    LEWISTON — This time the plane is coming to Lewiston, for sure. Parts of it, anyway. For two long years, the L&A Veterans Council has been working to get a Vietnam-era Corsair A-7D fighter jet shipped to Lewiston from Helena, Montana. There have been setbacks and delays and even some controversy. But now, with American […]

  • Published
    July 19, 2019

    Police arrest 7 suspects and seize drugs in Lewiston

    LEWISTON — Seven people were arrested, drugs were seized and at least one fight was broken up Thursday night during a police operation. The effort involved Lewiston, Auburn and Maine State Police along with drug agents and officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In all, 33 officers took part in the […]

  • Published
    July 18, 2019

    Rumford police reassure public about bobcat hanging out near High Bridge

    RUMFORD – If you happen to be crossing High Bridge any time soon, keep your eyes out to see if there’s a cat in your midst. A very big cat. Rumford police Thursday night announced that a bobcat has been seen in the area, but stressed that there’s no reason for alarm. “According to our […]

  • Published
    July 18, 2019

    Giusti case: Teen suspect charged with assault in youth lockup

    Emmanuel Nkurunziza is charged with assault after a fight his lawyer described as “a racially-charged incident.”