Articles by Scott Taylor


Lewiston moves toward fake pot, bath salts prohibition

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on May 22, 2013, at 8:58 a.m.
Police are calling for local rules that ban bath salts and other synthetic drugs, closing a gap in federal and state rules. “We are seeing this stuff in the stores locally, and it is of special concern to us,” Lewiston police Chief Michael Bussiere told city councilors …

Auburn school budget, tax increase, sent to the voters

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on May 21, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
Councilors held their noses Monday night and accepted a school budget they admit has little chance of getting voter approval. “I was against the school budget because I thought it was too high, and it passed,” Councilor David Young said. “This year, I think it’s extremely high, …

School, state, tax error driving Auburn budget

By Scott Taylor on May 20, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.
Three things are driving the city’s budget up this year, according to City Manager Clinton Deschene: school spending, state revenue cuts and an accounting error from last year. Deschene said he hopes councilors will settle at least one question at Monday night’s meeting. “My instinct is that …

Councilors get update on Lewiston building demolitions, new rules

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on May 08, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
Three more of the buildings damaged by fires over the last 10 days should come down by next week, councilors learned Tuesday. Councilors agreed to move the demolition of 116 Pierce St. ahead at their meeting Tuesday. Code Enforcement Officer Tom Maynard said the city likely will …
Officer Charles Weaver of the Lewiston Police Department closes a window in the vacant property at 178-180 Holland St. in Lewiston on Tuesday morning. Weaver and Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Baril are taking stock of the city's abandoned and condemned properties.

Lewiston police inspect abandoned tenements

By Scott Taylor on May 07, 2013, at 8:56 p.m.
A broken door, shattered windows, a floor covered with trash and walls ripped open to show where the copper plumbing once was. Jeff Baril, Lewiston police and code enforcement officer, said there are hundreds of buildings just like that downtown right now. This week, the city is …

Lewiston and Auburn city councils seriously consider merging

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on May 02, 2013, at 5:54 a.m.
The Twin Cities might be able to skip past merely consolidating services and departments and begin the work of merging into a single city, according to several Lewiston and Auburn city councilors Wednesday night. The two groups didn’t settle anything at the special joint workshop meeting, but …

Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee now have Citylink buses under video scrutiny

By Scott Taylor on April 12, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
Drivers and passengers are under equal surveillance when they ride Citylink buses. Members of the Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee got a demonstration Thursday of how the system’s video cameras work and what they are meant to do. “It’s pretty amazing the coverage we get from camera angles that …
Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald announces a city effort to cut down on welfare cheats.

Fraud investigation targets Lewiston welfare cheats

By Scott Taylor on March 26, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.
Mayor Robert Macdonald announced a city effort to cut down on welfare fraud and waste Tuesday that includes kicking 84 people off the city’s General Assistance lists, 50 of them for fraud. It’s part of a larger campaign aimed at cutting down on welfare cheats in the …
Invited guests, including Maine Turnpike Authority board members, legislators, local officials, contractors and MTA Executive Director Peter Mills pose for photographer Kurt Brown of Westbrook at the new high-speed E-ZPass lanes in New Gloucester on Monday.

Don’t stop: High-speed E-ZPass lanes set to debut in Maine

By Scott Taylor on March 26, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER | Don’t stop. That’s the single most important message Maine Turnpike Authority spokesman Dan Morin said he has for drivers who use the new high speed E-ZPass lanes beginning next week. “It’s about the convenience, the safety, the emissions,” he said. “But at the same time, the …
Nathan Capponi

Greene boy killed by plow truck ‘wouldn’t stop until he went to bed’

By Scott Taylor on March 23, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
Nathan Capponi was a typical 6-year-old. That meant he was always in motion, according to his uncle, Adam Capponi. “He was a character, full of energy,” Capponi said. “He wouldn’t stop until he went to bed at night. He loved riding his bike; it didn’t matter what …
Messages to Nathan Capponi are tied to a birch dubbed "Nathan's Tree" on the playground of Greene Central School Thursday afternoon. Capponi, 6, was struck and killed by his father at their Greene home as the father, Kevin, was plowing their Quaker Ridge driveway.

Greene community mourns first-grader

By Scott Taylor on March 22, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.
Students at Greene Central School, classmates of 6-year-old Nathan Capponi, remembered their friend Thursday with cards and drawings attached to a tree at the back corner of the school’s playground. School officials said grief counselors were on hand as the community dealt with the child’s death. “Nathan …

Phosphorus caused fish-killing Lake Auburn algae bloom, but what caused chemical spike?

By Scott Taylor on Feb. 14, 2013, at 6:01 a.m.
LEWISTON | Higher-than-normal phosphorous levels in Lake Auburn were behind a fish-killing algae bloom this past summer, but water engineers Tuesday were still working to determine what caused the phosphorous levels to spike. Water-quality engineers said phosphorus levels could be blamed on runoff into the lake’s feeder streams and …

Elders told to get educated about fraud, scams

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.
AUBURN | Clover Manor resident Linda DeStefano said she learned her lesson about getting taken by scams the hard way. She watched Thursday morning from the balcony as U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Derick Rill of the Federal Trade Commission presented a seminar on avoiding scams and frauds to …

Auburn to decide fate of Ingersoll Ice Arena in capital plan

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 21, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.
AUBURN — Councilors will decide whether to mothball Ingersoll Ice Arena, tear it down or pay to turn it into something else. City Manager Clinton Deschene said the fate of the city’s ice arena will be one of the questions councilors will face in the Capital Improvement plan he has …

Federal campaign reform deserves local debate, say Auburn city councilors

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 08, 2013, at 5:44 a.m.
AUBURN — Councilors may not be constitutional scholars, but they will try to tackle the issue of federal campaign finance reform. Councilors agreed to consider adopting a resolution or statement calling for a national review of how political action committees influence elections. “I think this does relate to the city …
Grand Trunk Cafe owner Karen Pulkkinen and the Lewiston-Auburn Railroad President Lucien Gosselin are keeping quiet about plans for the Lincoln Street building.

Developer mum as Lewiston railroad-themed cafe renovations begin

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 01, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.
Signs are up and contractors are working on a railroad-themed cafe in Lewiston’s historic Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, although cafe owner Karen Pulkkinen and building owners at the Lewiston-Auburn Railroad won’t confirm anything. “I would certainly hope something would happen at the site in 2013,” L-A Railroad …

Couple takes Lewiston’s first marriage license under same-sex law

By Scott Taylor on Dec. 31, 2012, at 8:35 p.m.
There wasn’t any fanfare Monday morning when Jeffery Padham and Todd Severance came by to pick up their marriage license. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Severance, 43, said. “We didn’t know if there was going to be a line or what was going to be going …

During Lewiston’s first storm parking ban, city tows 50 cars

By Scott Taylor on Dec. 29, 2012, at 6:17 a.m.
LEWISTON — Wreckers towed 50 cars downtown Thursday in the first test of the city’s new storm-by-storm parking ban. “They tried holding back a bit on some neighborhoods since this was the first one,” police Sgt. David Chick said. “We tried to give some streets a little more time, until …

New terminal a better ‘front door’ for Twin Cities

By Scott Taylor on Dec. 13, 2012, at 10:36 p.m.
AUBURN | A bigger terminal at the Auburn Lewiston Municipal Airport means more to the community than just a bigger space. “The airport has always provided access for economic development,” Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte said Thursday morning. “Now, it has a more attractive front door.” Twin Cities elected officials, …

Vandals and ‘idiots’ destroy Auburn Christmas display

By Scott Taylor on Dec. 11, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
To Leroy Walker, they are idiots — not Grinches or Scrooges, just idiots. That’s how Walker, city councilor for New Auburn and the rest of Ward 5, describes the vandals that destroyed New Auburn’s Christmas display on Sullivan Square behind Rolly’s Diner Monday night. “They’re just idiots …