Articles by Mark LaFlamme

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Sabattus man accused of sexually assaulting girl

By Mark LaFlamme on Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
SABATTUS, Maine — A High Street man was in the county jail Thursday accused of sexually abusing a girl over a period of four years beginning when she was 9 years old. A church youth worker helped lead police to 33-year-old Michael Gagnier, of 20 High St., who was arrested …

Auburn detective responds to rollover crash while vacationing in Florida

By Mark LaFlamme on Feb. 14, 2013, at 5:53 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — So much for vacation. Auburn police Detective Jason Moore was in Orlando, Fla., with his family Tuesday when he saw a Jeep flip in front of him. A 15-year veteran of the force, Moore sprang into action. He was driving through an intersection at Continental Gateway and …
Firefighters battle a blaze at 48 Pleasant St. in Lewiston on Thursday night.

Lewiston firefighters battle apartment fire

By Mark LaFlamme on Jan. 25, 2013, at 12:12 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Firefighters made quick work of a fire on Pleasant Street late Thursday, but crews were expected to remain at the scene into Friday morning searching for a cause. When fire crews arrived at 48 Pleasant St. at about 10:20 p.m., fire was blowing from the windows of …
The moon rises above the former Morin Fine Furniture and Refinishing shop at 177 Turner St. as the Auburn Fire Department responds to a fire inside the building on Wednesday.

Officials say squatters likely started fire in Auburn warehouse

By Mark LaFlamme on Dec. 27, 2012, at 6:36 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — A fire in an abandoned warehouse on Turner Street on Wednesday likely was caused by squatters who were trying to keep warm, fire investigators said. The 4:30 p.m. blaze on the second floor of the former Morin Fine Furniture and Refinishing shop forced the closure of several …
 Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere (back left), Lisbon Police detective Bernie McAllister (back center), an unidentified man and Lewiston detective Roland Godbout (foreground) investigate along a dirt trail where the remains of a body were found in Lisbon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Woman’s body found in Lisbon; may be Christiana Fesmire

By Mark LaFlamme on Dec. 04, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.
LISBON, Maine — Police on Tuesday discovered the remains of a body in the woods along a trail popular with ATV riders. Lisbon and Lewiston police set up yellow crime scene tape to cordon off the trail near the Left Hand Club across from Wagg Road. The body was found …

Fryeburg officers cleared of wrongdoing in alleged party

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 09, 2012, at 11:12 a.m.
FRYEBURG, Maine — The police chief and a pair of officers have been returned to duty after an investigation revealed no wrongdoing in connection with a party on Oxen Pull Road. Chief Philip Weymouth and reserve officers Dale Stout and Andrew Ward had been on administrative leave since Oct. 23 …
Auburn police officers take cover behind a police cruiser surrounding a suspect inside a Jeep Cherokee during a standoff at Shaw's Plaza in Auburn on Monday.

Auburn standoff suspect faces additional charges

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 08, 2012, at 6:26 a.m.
AUBURN — Two days after he was accused of engaging police in a standoff near the Auburn Mall, Randolph Nutter on Wednesday made his first appearance in court. After a brief appearance in Lewiston District Court, Nutter, 45, of Mechanic Falls, was returned to jail where he was being held …

Fryeburg police officers accused of partying with teens

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 26, 2012, at 7:11 a.m.
FRYEBURG, Maine — Three police officials have been suspended while town officials investigate reports that a pair of officers partied with confiscated beer at a bash attended by teenagers. Town Manager Sharon Jackson confirmed Thursday night that an outside agency was brought in to look into the allegations that came …
Lewiston firefighters douse a structure fire on Pierce Street just after 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Neighbors reported that a woman ran from her apartment saying her couch was on fire before the multi-unit building became engulfed in flames.

Fire hits Lewiston apartment buildings

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 17, 2012, at 10:04 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Dozens of people fled their homes early Wednesday night after a fast-moving fire erupted at an apartment house on Pierce Street. One man was being treated for breathing problems while police and fire crews searched for other potential victims after the blaze swept through 80 Pierce St. …
Emergency personnel tend to a man who was hit by a truck under the railroad trestle on Turner Street in Auburn on Friday night, Oct. 5, 2012.

Man seriously injured when hit by truck in Auburn; driver flees

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 06, 2012, at 1:04 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — A man was seriously injured late Friday night after he was struck by a truck, possibly after falling from the train trestle over Turner Street. A witness said the driver of the truck fled the scene. The name of the victim was not immediately available. A witness …
Lewiston police officers look for evidence at River Valley Village in Lewiston Friday night where a reported shooting took place.

Police searching for gunman after shots fired in Lewiston

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 06, 2012, at 7:17 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Shots were fired at River Valley Village on Friday night, and the search is on for the gunman. Residents said someone opened fire at about 5 p.m. in the area of 45 Tall Pines Drive, Apartment 10. Shell casings were scattered across the parking lot out front …

Man accused of indecent assault on child arrested in Lewiston

By Mark LaFlamme on Sept. 06, 2012, at 7:52 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A man wanted for assaulting a child in Massachusetts was arrested by undercover agents Wednesday in downtown Lewiston. Police say Antonio McKinney, 25, of Fall River had been living on College Street while detectives in Massachusetts were searching for him in that state. At about 2 p.m. …

Lewiston police arrest 4 in prostitution sting

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 31, 2012, at 6:15 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Four local women were arrested Wednesday night, accused of engaging in prostitution on downtown streets. The four were charged after an undercover police officer went out onto the streets as part of an effort to crack down on what has been described as a rampant prostitution problem. …
Katie Nichols 10, of Auburn, holds a kitten she named Scamper. Katie and her mother, Laurie Nichols, have been taking care of one of the kittens that were left in a Dumpster. A Lewiston woman has been charged with dumping the kitten.

Lewiston woman charged after allegedly dumping kittens in trash

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 29, 2012, at 9:12 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A woman accused of dumping four kittens into a trash bin earlier this month was charged Tuesday with criminal cruelty to animals. Stacy Monahan, 43, of Hillside Lane was charged after Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout interviewed her about the Aug. 12 incident. Three of the four …

Man posing as United Way worker steals school supplies meant for needy children

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 23, 2012, at 7:57 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Here it is only August and the Grinch has already made an appearance in the Twin Cities. A man posing as a United Way worker this week made off with a collection of school supplies earmarked for needy families. It happened on Monday. As part of a …
Larissa Lavoie, 6, is launched into the air by family friend Tracey Pelletier as they swim at the Outlet Beach in Auburn with Lavoie's sister, Nicole (right), despite warnings about bacteria levels Friday. "It can't be any worse that any other pool or beach we swim at," said Laura Lavoie, mother to Nicole and Larissa.

Harmful bacteria found at city beach in Auburn

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 17, 2012, at 10:01 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, elevated traces of coliform bacteria have been detected at the municipal beach on Route 4. It’s not exactly a killer shark, but city leaders were sounding the alarm, nonetheless. They issued an advisory Thursday …
Judge John Beliveau of the 8th District Court in Lewiston responds to questions about the juvenile justice system during a question-and-answer session Tuesday at the B Street Community Center in Lewiston. A panel of police officers, a probation officer, a judge and social workers fielded questions about the justice system for a group of Somali Bantu youths and parents.

Lewiston locals get educated in juvenile justice

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 15, 2012, at 6:21 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Sometimes, when there’s confusion among the people, nothing beats a good Q&A session. Within the local Somali community, there is plenty of confusion where the law is concerned. What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony? What does the district attorney do? When will a suspected …
A MDEA agent, left and Maine State Police Trooper Tom Pappas arrest a woman on Bartlett Street for drug possession recently during Operation Hot Spots.

Lewiston residents to police: Time to get tough on suspected criminals

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 15, 2012, at 6:10 a.m.
"You've handed out your little cards. You've had your little meetings. We're sick of the friendly approach. We want to see criminals put behind bars where they belong."
Luther Schalk, a percussionist with the Auburn Community Concert Band, gets down on one knee as he places a ring on Victoria James' finger. Schalk asked James to marry him during the Wednesday night, Aug. 1, 2012 concert before hundreds of concert-goers at Festival Plaza.

Community band member proposes during Auburn concert

By Mark LaFlamme on Aug. 02, 2012, at 9:05 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Victoria James was the picture of surprise. The wide eyes, the hands clutched to her chest, the hanging jaw and trembling legs. Why, the 19-year-old could barely speak. Fortunately, James was able to manage the few words that meant so much to the man kneeling beside her. …

Police dogs find drugs, paraphernalia during prowl of downtown Lewiston

By Mark LaFlamme on July 21, 2012, at 5:45 a.m.
LEWISTON — Wednesday was a day that went to the dogs. Police dogs, that is. With a dozen of them prowling the downtown Wednesday afternoon, police recovered a variety of drugs and paraphernalia, including bags of crack rock and a syringe with traces of heroin inside. The police dogs were …
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