Articles by Mark LaFlamme

Jessie Dowling, Douglas Bowen Jr. and Meaghan LaSala defy orders from Auburn police to move off the railroad tracks next to Denny's in Auburn on Wednesday evening during a protest against oil being transported over the railways. They were eventually arrested without incident.

Auburn police arrest 3 oil train protesters who say they ‘don’t want another Lac-Megantic’

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 29, 2013, at 6:36 a.m.
The way Jessie Dowling sees it, getting arrested is the very least she can do. “We need to put our bodies on the line,” the 32-year-old Unity woman said, just before being led into a police van for the short ride to jail. “We don’t want another …

Neighbors get nervous as half-dozen cats disappear

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 22, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
LITCHFIELD | Posters? Check. Laminator? Check. Special neon paper to really grab the eye? Check and check. In the long search to find her missing cat, Linda Desrosier is sparing no time or expense. She’s hung more than a hundred posters all over Sabattus, Wales, Monmouth and Litchfield. She …
Daniel Ouellette

Lewiston burglary suspect who ‘slipped through the cracks’ back in jail

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 16, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
Two weeks ago, a judge apologized to burglary suspect Dan Ouellette, saying the Lewiston man had “slipped through the cracks” while lingering at the county jail for nearly a year. The 49-year-old Ouellette was promptly set free, but he was back behind bars Wednesday after police in …
Jacqueline Stowe-Davis and her husband, Glenn, load up their SUV on Thursday with items that were stolen from their self-storage unit in Lewiston last month. Items were recovered when police from several agencies searched an Auburn home as part of their ongoing investigation.

Police locate cache of goods stolen from Lewiston storage units

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 16, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
The boxes just kept coming and coming. Boxes stuffed with G.I. Joes, Barbie dolls and other old toys still inside their original boxes. These are collectors items and Glenn Davis never expected to see them again. “I’m pretty happy,” the Sabattus man said. Davis and his wife, …

Jail guard sues Androscoggin County, sheriff over suspension

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 15, 2013, at 7:59 a.m.
AUBURN | A jail guard is suing Androscoggin County and its sheriff for what he claims was an unfair suspension following a use of force incident at the jail last year. Corrections Officer Shane Thomas has filed a suit claiming that as a result of the suspension, he continues …
A camp on Sandy Shore Lane in Norway burns Wednesday night.

Norway camp destroyed in blaze

By Mark LaFlamme on July 25, 2013, at 6:37 a.m.
A 40-year-old camp on Pennesseewassee Lake was destroyed by fire Wednesday night but no one was hurt in the fast-moving blaze. Firefighters from five departments battled the fire on Sandy Shore Lane, struggling to get equipment down the narrow, dead-end camp road. “Once one truck went in, …

Lewiston man offers $500 reward after break-in

By Mark LaFlamme on July 22, 2013, at 6:05 a.m.
A Jeffrey Street man was putting the word out on Sunday: Help him catch the person who broke into his house Saturday night and win his undying gratitude. Not to mention $500. Roger Castonguay and his wife were sleeping Saturday night – with doors locked – when …
Bryan Wood

Pair indicted in Lewiston fires that destroyed three apartment buildings

By Mark LaFlamme on July 11, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
AUBURN | Two Lewiston men were formally charged Wednesday with starting a fire that burned through three buildings at the tail-end of an April-May arson spree. Bryan Wood, 23, of 131 Bartlett St. and Brian Morin, 30, of 35 Jefferson St., were indicted by a grand jury on three …
Trezjuan Thompson

Lewiston man sentenced on arson, drug trafficking charges

By Mark LaFlamme on June 21, 2013, at 8:02 a.m.
PORTLAND | Nearly four years after fire burned several families out of their Auburn homes, the man who started the blaze was sentenced to federal prison for nearly 30 years. Trezjuan Thompson, 29, formerly of Lewiston, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday to 327 months on drug …
Lewiston police officers talk with witnesses about the brawl on Bartlett Street in downtown Lewiston on Thursday.

Two hospitalized after Lewiston brawl said to involve almost 50 people with weapons

By Mark LaFlamme on June 21, 2013, at 5:48 a.m.
Two people were hospitalized Thursday night following a brawl on Bartlett Street that witnesses said involved as many as four dozen people wielding a variety of weapons. One man was taken to Central Maine Medical Center after a group of young people beat him in the street, …

Greene man wins $200,000 lawsuit for cancer misdiagnosis

By Mark LaFlamme on June 14, 2013, at 8:35 a.m.
LEWISTON | In April 2009, a doctor at Central Maine Medical Center told Wendell Strout that he had pancreatic cancer. Not just any cancer, but a very aggressive, Stage 4 form that would almost certainly end his life. Strout was told “that his life will most likely be measured …
Paul Duclos of Lewiston talks with Auburn firefighters on the shore of the Androscoggin River just above the railroad trestle over the Great Falls on Thursday night after the motor on his boat died and it drifted downriver before getting hung up on the grates of the dam. His wife, Arlene, holds their dog Reese as they await rescue.

Four people rescued after boat gets stuck above falls on Androscoggin River

By Mark LaFlamme on May 31, 2013, at 6:05 a.m.
“The engine just cut out,” said a tearful Arlene Duclos, clutching her toy poodle. “We kept drifting closer and closer to the falls.”

Firefighter’s helmet stolen during Lewiston blazes remains missing

By Mark LaFlamme on May 30, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.
Almost everyone remembers the massive blaze that tore through three apartment houses on Blake Street last month, but how many recall that a firefighter’s helmet was stolen from the scene? Quite a few, as it turns out. Police say they are asked almost daily whether the helmet …
Pallaso & The Mess sing their song "Change" in the music video that features downtown Lewiston.

Music video about “untold stories of Lewiston” features local fire scenes

By Mark LaFlamme on May 24, 2013, at 9:06 a.m.
If you haven’t seen the new Pallaso & The Mess video, you clearly don’t spend enough time on the Internet. Released May 17, the video has had nearly 4,000 views on YouTube. Locally, it’s not difficult to see why: The video for the song “Change” is shot …
A member of the Auburn Fire Department works on the rear end of a car that ended up split in half in the trees along Garfield Road in Auburn Wednesday afternoon. Amber Brown, 25, of Minot was taken to Central Maine Medical Center after the 3 p.m. accident. The front half of the car can be seen at the left, farther into the trees.

Minot woman seriously injured in Auburn crash

By Mark LaFlamme on May 10, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
A Minot woman was injured Thursday afternoon when her car slid off Garfield Road and struck a tree hard enough to split the vehicle in two. Amber Brown, 25, was being treated at a Lewiston hospital Thursday night. Police and rescue crews were called to the scene …
Dan Doherty, missing since April 4.

Body found in Androscoggin River may be missing man

By Mark LaFlamme on May 05, 2013, at 9:28 a.m.
AUBURN | A body found in the Androscoggin River on Saturday afternoon is believed to be that of a local man missing since the start of April, police said. Dan Doherty, 46, went missing the night of April 4, leaving his car, jacket and personal items near the Vietnam …

Auburn pizza stores robbed, suspects sought

By Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal on April 26, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
Police and tracking dogs were on the hunt Thursday night for a man suspected of robbing the Domino’s pizza store on School Street. The robbery happened at about 9 p.m., minutes after a similar heist was attempted at Heathco’s pizza shop and variety store less than a …
Ronald Theodat

Accused crack dealer jailed in Lewiston

By Mark LaFlamme on April 20, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Police say a Boston man was in the county jail Friday after he was caught dealing crack cocaine in a motel room in the company of a teenage girl and an infant. Ronald Theodat, 33, of Dorchester was being held on $25,000 cash bail Friday night after …

Two Lewiston police officers hurt in scrum with suspect

By Mark LaFlamme on April 20, 2013, at 11:54 a.m.
Two police officers were injured and a local man was arrested Friday afternoon in an altercation on Bartlett Street. It happened at about 4 p.m., police said, when they went to serve a protection-from-abuse order against Nicholas Begin, 26, of 222 Bartlett St. Begin took off running, …

Man arrested after Lewiston woman attacked in apartment with knife

By Mark LaFlamme on April 04, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
A woman was attacked with a knife in her Blake Street apartment early Thursday and minutes later, police arrested a man on Elm Street more than a mile away. The victim was taken to Central Maine Medical Center, although the nature of her injuries was not immediately …