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Elderly woman dies in Auburn fire

By Sun Journal on May 28, 2013, at 10:14 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — An elderly woman was killed Tuesday in an overnight fire at 6 Second St. A passerby called for help at 2:58 a.m. after spotting the flames. Firefighters knocked down her door and found the woman unconscious inside, according to Deputy Chief Geoff Low. She died at the …
A mobile camper fire was destroyed by fire Saturday night on Naples Road in Harrison.

Fire destroys camper in Harrison

By Sun Journal on May 27, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
HARRISON, Maine — A camper was destroyed in a fire Saturday night, according to Harrison Town Manager George “Bud” Finch. Finch said Harrison Fire and Rescue responded to 498 Naples Road for a reported fire in a mobile camper at 5:43 p.m. Saturday. The first responders found found the vehicle …
Firefighters from Poland, left, and Minot, right, battle the fire at 185 Verrill Road in Minot on Friday.

Police say Minot man involved in December armed standoff burned down his home and home of estranged wife

By Sun Journal on May 25, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
MINOT, Maine — Authorities said a local man who held police at bay in a December armed standoff at his Verrill Road home burned down his house on Friday as well as the mobile home belonging to his estranged wife before leading police on two high speed chases. Michael Callahan, …
A home at 185 Verrill Road in Minot was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. The home, which is owned by Michael Callahan, was the site of a police standoff last December.

House in Minot that was scene of police standoff last year burns down, homeowner taken into custody

By Sun Journal on May 24, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
MINOT, Maine — Police and firefighters are at the scene of a house fire on Verrill Road. The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. According to witnesses at the scene, the house is destroyed. Poland Fire Chief Mark Bosse said when firefighters arrived, the roof of the building was …

Two Lewiston 12-year-olds deny arson charges in court appearances

By Sun Journal on May 13, 2013, at 3:05 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The two 12-year-old boys held in connection with two separate fires denied charges of arson in court Monday. Brody Covey is charged in connection with the April 29 fire on Bates and Pine streets. Abdi Ibrahim is charged in connection with the May 3 fire on Pierce …
Firefighters hose down hot spots on one of two buildings on Bartlett Street that were destroyed in an early morning fire last week.

After fires, community plans Lewiston Strong gathering in Kennedy Park

By Sun Journal on May 13, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
LEWISTON — To promote unity and healing and to offer thanks to first responders who kept the city safe after three recent major downtown fires, a community gathering will be held Tuesday afternoon in Kennedy Park. The event is called Lewiston Strong — Fire Response: Lewiston Unites. It will be …

How to help Lewiston fire victims

By Sun Journal on May 11, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
Donate money — is accepting financial donations, which will be distributed to Lewiston fire victims through the United Way of Androscoggin County. To donate, go to and click on the link for the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund. Or, send contributions directly to the United Way, 66 Ash St., …
Michael McNaughton (center) listens to his attorney Verne Paradie Jr. address Justice MaryGay Kennedy in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Thursday morning. McNaughton is charged in the death of 20-year-old Romeo Parent last month. At left is attorney Heather S. Walker.

Two more charged in Lewiston man’s death

By Sun Journal on May 09, 2013, at 1:51 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Two more men have been charged in connection with the death of a Lewiston man in Greene last month. Nathan Morton was arraigned Thursday morning in Androscoggin Superior Court on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution in the death of 20-year-old …

Grand jury indicts Lewiston man accused of stabbing wife

By Sun Journal on May 09, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Blake Street man on charges that he stabbed his estranged wife in her driveway last month with the intent to kill her. Deng Mirac, 42, of 158 Blake St., was indicted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and violating …

LePage doubts state money available to help Lewiston fire victims

By Sun Journal on May 07, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage counseled city residents fearful after a week of dangerous fires to keep calm and carry on. “You take one step at a time, and move forward,” LePage said Tuesday during a visit to the city. “These are disaster times and you do the best …

Mexico man assaulted after asking young males to quiet down, police say

By Matthew Daigle, Sun Journal on May 07, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.
MEXICO, Maine — A Main Street resident was assaulted Thursday night by several young males after he asked them to quiet down, according to Lt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department. Hodsdon said Mexico police received a call from the 45-year-old Main Street resident at 11:17 p.m. who said …

Two juveniles make initial appearances in separate Lewiston arson cases

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 8:01 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The aunt of a 12-year-old local boy charged with three counts of arson said Monday she doesn’t think her nephew committed the arsons. “I don’t really think he could have,” Ami Reilly said at 8th District Court. “I don’t see Brody [Covey] as that type of child.” …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks in favor of charter schools during a press conference at the State House on Monday, April 1, 2013.

Gov. LePage to tour Lewiston fire damage Tuesday

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 5 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Gov. LePage is coming to Lewiston Tuesday to see the damage from three fires that left nearly 200 people homeless in the last week. Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald will accompany the governor on his tour, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lewiston City Hall. “I am committed …

How to help victims of Lewiston fires

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 4:18 p.m.
Donate goods • The Salvation Army is accepting drop-offs of donated goods at Republic Jewelry & Collectibles, 212 Center St., Auburn • The Salvation Army is also accepting nonperishable items at its facility at 67 Park St., Lewiston • Papa John’s pizza at 850 Lisbon St. in Lewiston is offering …
Firefighters battle the third major fire in a week at 114-118 Bartlett Street in Lewiston early Monday morning.

Third Lewiston fire destroys two buildings, damages another

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 6:08 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Fire destroyed two vacant Bartlett Street buildings that were being remodeled on Monday morning and damaged a third apartment building on Horton Street. It was the third major fire in a week in Lewiston’s downtown. Firefighters were called at 2:46 a.m. and arrived to find the backs …
Bishop Richard Malone speaks Monday, July 30, 2012 during an interview in Portland, Maine.

County native to become pastor of Calais church

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
Bishop Richard Malone, apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Portland, has announced priest assignments to take place in June, July and August. Father Robert Lupo, parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Norway, has been appointed pastor of St. Kateri …
Firefighters battle a blaze on Pierce Street in Lewiston on Friday night.

Four apartment buildings burn in Lewiston

By Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal on May 03, 2013, at 11:04 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Four apartment houses and a garage were burning late Friday night after a fast-moving fire rousted dozens from their homes. At about 10:15 p.m., a garage behind 149 Bartlett St. went up in flames. Within minutes, the apartment house itself was burning and flames were jumping to …

Donations pouring in for 75 left homeless after massive Lewiston fire

By Sun Journal on May 01, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Before Monday’s fire was even out, friends, family and helpful strangers were calling for donations to help victims and arranging drop sites for clothes, toys, diapers and other items. The call was quickly answered through Facebook, as people offered children’s clothes, furniture, bedding, strollers, car seats and …
The Maine Forest Service and multiple municipal fire departments respond to a massive, fast-moving woods fire off College Street in Lewiston on Tuesday. The fire, reported at 1:15 p.m., was difficult to reach from the ground.

Fast-moving woods fire burns 20 acres in Lewiston

By Sun Journal on April 30, 2013, at 8:42 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Firefighters, many of whom were fighting massive apartment building fires downtown Monday night, went to a fast-moving, 20-acre brush fire off College Road on Tuesday. The fire along power lines near Bowdoin Drive was reported about 1:15 p.m. Crews from 11 departments assisted, including Auburn, Litchfield, Gardiner, …
Firefighters from multiple departments battle a four alarm fire in downtown Lewiston Monday. At least four apartment buildings on Bates, Blake and Pine Streets were involved, with many more in peril.

Fire officials start investigation of massive Lewiston fire

By Sun Journal on April 30, 2013, at 2:57 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Firefighters from Auburn and Lewiston stayed overnight at the Blake Street fire scene, watching for hot spots and keeping onlookers away from three brittle apartment buildings destroyed by fire Monday evening. By 10 a.m., contractors had arrived to take down two of the buildings — on Blake …
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