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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
    May 8, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: Prom night terror

    I was cruising around the Bates College campus on my motorcycle when the invasion got underway. One minute is was just a quiet Saturday on campus and the next it was outright madness. Young women were roaming lawns and sidewalks in flowing gowns and extravagant hairdos. Boys were sauntering in tuxedos all debonair, their hair […]

  • Published
    May 5, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: Quit staring at my head

    Ocean’s 19 Nobody will ever do a big action movie about the kind of bank robbers we get here in Lewiston. Seriously, when is the last time a stickup man WASN’T captured within 15 minutes or so? I always wonder how those conversations go in prison: “I got six blocks away before they got me. […]

  • Published
    May 4, 2019

    Rangeley Plantation: Firefighter, cop pull couple from burning home

      RANGELEY PLANTATION – Rescuers pulled a man and his wife out of their burning home Friday as a house at 4 Swains Road went up in flames. Rangeley Fire Chief Mike Bacon and police Sgt. Jared Austin went into the home to retrieve the couple as flames burned through the upper floors at about […]

  • Published
    May 2, 2019

    Auburn School Committee approves budget

    The budget will go before voters in a referendum June 11.

  • Published
    May 1, 2019

    Lewiston High School senior makes it to national poetry finals

    Joao Rodrigues Victor was one of nine finalists to read poetry Wednesday night at Washington University in Washington, D.C.

  • Published
    May 1, 2019

    Street Talk: The little girl, the old woman and the ramp: Good deeds in a weary world

    It was a few weeks before Christmas and the parade of people hauling money into the newsroom showed no sign of slowing. One by one they came with envelopes stuffed with cash, coffee cans full of coins or crumpled dollar bills tugged from pockets on the spot. Some gave big, some gave small, most gave […]

  • Published
    April 28, 2019

    Mark LaFlamme: Remember to phrase your complaints in the form of questions!

    Swindled! I was cruising around the city the other day and couldn’t help but notice that Dirigo Federal Credit Union on Main Street is gone. My money! You cads! Lure me in with promises of generous interest rates for my big Sun Journal bucks and then flee in the middle of the night with my […]

  • Published
    April 27, 2019

    Three Massachusetts residents charged in Newry break-in

    Police say the three were using a stolen car and have committed home and business burglaries across three states.

  • Published
    April 26, 2019

    ‘She loves her Grammy:’ Girl saving money for ramp

    Forget makeup and iTunes. 12-year-old wants a ramp for her great-grandmother.

  • Published
    April 26, 2019

    Pickup crashes into tree in Sabattus

    The driver walked away from his mangled vehicle, but he was taken to the hospital to be examined.