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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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    August 4, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: After a few fake storms, guess who’s ready for an intervention

    The great storm bluff What’s with all the thunderstorm fake-outs lately, anyway? It drives me mad. The skies grow dark with fat, black clouds. A cool wind begins to stir, riling the trees, making trash dance across the streets and promising that the world is about to be introduced to the great destructive force of […]

  • Published
    August 2, 2019

    PHOTO: Firefighters respond to brush fire on Lake Auburn

    AUBURN — Fire crews on foot and in a boat battled a stubborn brush fire Friday at Salmon Point on Lake Auburn. A fire official said the area is difficult to reach on foot and using a boat was easier. A crew entered the lake from the nearby Route 4 boat launch shortly after the […]

  • Published
    August 2, 2019

    Church of the Safe Injection founder arrested

    Jesse Harvey was charged July 23 with OUI, and July 24 for assault, according to WGME.

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]