Articles by Scott Taylor


Pumpkin Land, site of fatal hayride crash, won’t reopen after all

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 30, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
“After much discussion with family and staff this week, we have determined that it is best NOT to reopen the fall venue this year.”
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, unveiled his plans Tuesday for the Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2016, legislation he plans to sponsor this week. Poliquin said the bill will make it harder for people to replace missing cards and bans those convicted of welfare fraud and drug trafficking from ever receiving benefits.

Poliquin proposes bill to target food stamp fraud

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on July 19, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said he will submit a federal bill this week to attack welfare fraud, making it harder for people to get replacement Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and banning people convicted of fraud and drug offenses from getting benefits for life.
With his wife, Nicola (left), by his side, Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin (second from left) addresses a crowd gathered along Main Street to denounce racism and hate Monday evening in Lewiston.

In Lewiston, political attack signs draw rebuke, rallies

By Scott Taylor on Oct. 19, 2015, at 9:37 p.m.
For now, his attack signs are down, but Lewiston landlord Joe Dunne promised they’d go back up somewhere in the city, probably on a vacant lot.
Political signs for Steve Morgan and Ben Chin dot the median on Main Street in Lewiston. The two are joined by Luke Jensen, Robert Macdonald and Charles Soule in a run for mayor of Lewiston; however, signs for Jensen, Macdonald and Soule are not as numerous.

Standing room only at Lewiston mayoral debate

By Scott Taylor on Oct. 07, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
A standing-room-only crowd attended the mayoral debate Monday evening.
Bryan Riley demonstrates how his robotic arm works.

New robot arm changes life for Jay freshman with muscular dystrophy

By Scott Taylor on March 13, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
A Lewiston police officer draws his weapon as another police officer knocks on the door of an apartment on Cole Street in Lewiston on Monday morning.

Lewiston police arrest suspect in Monday morning shooting

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 13, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.

Federal involvement complicates demolition of burned-out Auburn tenement

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 13, 2014, at 6:31 a.m.

Bridgton firm creates lighter, tougher equipment for modern soldiers

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 06, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
Matt Dyer is back to work half-time at Pine Tree Legal after surviving a polar bear attack in Canada last summer.

With polar bear attack behind him, Maine lawyer back at work

By Scott Taylor on Dec. 29, 2013, at 6:46 a.m.
Lewiston fire Capt. Richard Cailler is first on scene at a major fire on Pierce and Bartlett streets in Lewiston on Friday, May 4, 2013.

35 buildings demolished in Lewiston after spring fires

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on Dec. 29, 2013, at 6:33 a.m.

‘I don’t want to have to leave here’ — Turner egg farm workers evicted from company trailers

By Scott Taylor on Dec. 20, 2013, at 6:04 a.m.

Jay police seek trio in home invasion, setting fire to truck

By Scott Taylor on Nov. 17, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.
Robert Hayes stands behind the counter at his Agway hardware and supply store on Minot Avenue in Auburn. Hayes said he plans to begin shutting down the store, with an eye toward closing in the spring of 2014. He expects the land to be redeveloped for a new retail operation.

Owner of 145-year-old family-run hardware store in Auburn plans to close in spring 2014

By Scott Taylor on Nov. 08, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
U.S Attorney Thomas Delahanty II announced Monday at Lewiston's Root Cellar that the Operation Hot Spot program has received a $149,863 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, allowing the special patrols to continue and the program to expand in 2014.

Lewiston extends crime-busting Operation Hot Spots into 2015

By Scott Taylor on Nov. 05, 2013, at 5:52 a.m.

As bottles, dirty diapers pile up, neighbors want parking ban along Lewiston beach

By Scott Taylor on Oct. 09, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.
An artistic rendering of Auburn's Norway Savings Bank Arena, a two-rink ice skating facility due to open in November. Norway Savings Bank announced Tuesday it has signed a 10-year agreement to pay $770,000 for the naming rights to the facility.

Norway Savings Bank claims name to Auburn’s new ice arena for $770,000

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on Oct. 08, 2013, at 6:14 p.m.

After devastating downtown fires, Lewiston Unites aims to inspire new leaders, volunteers

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 23, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.

State park officials urge caution after rash car thefts at Range Pond

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 21, 2013, at 6:43 a.m.

Auburn council considers firearms committee to look over discharge rules

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 17, 2013, at 6:38 a.m.
Pawel Gatarczyk, 21, from the country of Poland, will be based in Auburn as he trains with various Maine fire departments as a cadet from the Main School of Fire Service, the top academy for Poland's national firefighting service.

Polish cadet trains with Auburn Fire Department

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 08, 2013, at 5:43 a.m.