Articles by Mark LaFlamme

Governor Paul LePage has come under fire for meeting with members of the Constitutional Coalition, but the men deny accusations that they are a violent group.

Constitutional Coalition members believe LePage was told to stop meeting with them

By Mark LaFlamme on July 07, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
Everywhere Phil Merletti goes, he carries a hefty black leather case in each hand. He said the boxes are weighted just right. They give him balance. Inside those boxes are stacks of paper that would make even ardent scholars groan. Legal documents, symposium outlines, copies of letters to and from …

Missing child found unhurt in Hartford woods

By Mark LaFlamme on May 02, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
Police, wardens and volunteers searched for five hours Thursday night before a missing 5-year-old was found at about 10 p.m. The boy was found just as the search was growing larger. Oxford County deputies were assisted by Maine State Police, the Maine Warden Service and others before …
An Auburn teen is flustered but unharmed after a photo op with a squirrel went awry in Florida.

Squirrel goes nutty on Auburn teen taking selfie

By Mark LaFlamme on May 02, 2014, at 6:17 a.m.
At least it wasn’t an alligator. An Auburn teen is flustered but unharmed after a photo op with a squirrel went awry in Florida. Brian Genest, 17, said Wednesday he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel on a handrail as he was walking through John …
 Julie Eaton, secretary and treasurer of the Maine Lobstermen Union and captain of the Cat Sass, was one of the lobstermen on hand at Friday night's Western Maine Central Labor Council's 2014 Annual Workers' Memorial Day/May Day Dinner at the Franco Center in Lewiston.

‘We feel like we have a voice’: Maine Lobstermen Union recognized

By Mark LaFlamme on April 26, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
LEWISTON | At the start of 2013, a group of lobstermen from up and down the coast got together and something that surprised many: They formed a union. By the end of the year, the Maine Lobstermen Union boasted more than 600 members, and its list of achievements was …

Horror movie about once-prosperous mill town begins filming in Auburn

By Mark LaFlamme on Feb. 22, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
Madison Caswell is pretty sure she wants to be an actress. The 12-year-old Orono girl, with tufts of dark red hair and just a smattering of freckles, already has one professional motion picture under her belt. On Friday, she was looking to get movie No. 2 underway, …
Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston

Sen. Margaret Craven, 6-term Democrat from Lewiston, announces retirement

By Mark LaFlamme on Feb. 13, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
Longtime state Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, said Thursday that she will not seek re-election after 12 years of legislative service. She is retiring to take care of her ailing husband. “Representing the hardworking people of Lewiston has been a joy,” Craven wrote in a statement, “My service …

Drive-by shooting victims arrested on drug charges

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 28, 2013, at 6:46 a.m.
AUBURN | Three weeks after gunfire rattled a Newbury Street neighborhood, police arrested a man and woman who live in the house that was shot. Maine Drug Enforcement agents Wednesday night searched a first floor apartment at 14 Newbury St. where they say they found a significant amount of …
A collection of photos of Brooke Locke and her friends was set up in the chorus room at EL Wednesday night during a vigil to remember the 2010 EL graduate and Husson student who was murdered.

Friends, classmates from Edward Little hold vigil for Brooke Locke in Auburn

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 27, 2013, at 8:02 p.m.
It’s not easy to summon happy memories in a time of grief, but they got there eventually. At Edward Little High School on Wednesday, roughly 100 people gathered inside the chorus room to remember Brooke Locke, their 21-year-old friend and former classmate, slain last week. It was …
Bertha Bodenheimer, left, and Leslie Weiner pose with some of their family decorations for both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah at Temple Shalom in Auburn Sunday. This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah align, a phenomenon that may not happen again for more than 70,000 years.

Thanksgivukkah? Two holidays collide for first time in 100 years

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 25, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
It’s just what you’ve always wanted with your Thanksgiving dinner: a little math to go with your turkey, yams and potato pancakes. Turkey latke, anyone? They’re calling it Thanksgivukkah (some are, anyway), and it’s a rare alignment of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. How rare? It hasn’t happened in more than 100 …
Gary Wallace

Shooting at Auburn residence leads to drug charges

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 08, 2013, at 7:12 a.m.
A local man was behind bars on drug charges Thursday night after his apartment on Newbury Street was hit by at least a dozen bullets Wednesday night. Police arrested 26-year-old Gary Wallace, who police say had been living in the first-floor apartment at 14 Newbury St. that …

Lisbon man who rammed police cruiser with dump truck to remain in prison

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 08, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine— A Lisbon man who rammed a police cruiser with a dump truck in 2008 will remain in prison. Maine’s highest court upheld his conviction for attempted murder. Prosecutors said that on Sept. 15, 2008, Bartolo Ford fled from Auburn police when they tried to stop his vehicle to …
Auburn police point to what appears to be a bullet hole as they investigate a report of shots fired at 14 Newbury St. in Auburn on Wednesday evening.

Police seek suspects who opened fire on Auburn home

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 07, 2013, at 6:45 a.m.
An apartment house was struck by gunfire Wednesday night and police on both sides of the Androscoggin River were searching for suspects. Witnesses said the 14 Newbury St. building was hit several times when someone opened fire from the street at about 8:30 p.m. The front of …
Firefighters work to douse a garage fire at 419 Spring Water Road in Poland on Wednesday evening.

Poland fire causes explosions, destroys garage, boat

By Mark LaFlamme on Nov. 07, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
A late-afternoon Wednesday fire destroyed a boat on Route 122, burning an open-air garage and a motorcycle before fire crews brought the flames under control. The garage at 419 Spring Water Road went up in flames at about 4:30 p.m. Poland firefighters arrived and called for help …
Shelley Stone of Minot (center left) helped organize the Dempsey Challenge Courage Fest Marketplace at the Bates Mill Atrium on Friday to kick off the weekend fundraiser for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.

Dempsey Challenge kicks off in Lewiston with sprawling marketplace

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 12, 2013, at 6:19 a.m.
LEWISTON — Here’s what it sounded like when the Dempsey Challenge Weekend got off the ground. “Oh, that’s tasty,” cooed a woman sampling a sushi roll from Sea 40. “Oh, that’s just delicious.” “Well, there,” declared a woman who just bought a big heap of jams and jellies. “I guess …
Scott True of Biddeford, right, waves a flag with his wife, second from right holding their son, Weston, as they cheer the Portland Pirates at their home opener against the Manchester Monarchs at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Wednesday.

Pirates open season in Lewiston: ‘They’re such big fans here’

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 10, 2013, at 5:35 a.m.
So the local boys were wearing red and black instead of blue and white. So there was an oversized pirate working the crowd instead of Lewy and his gap-tooth snarl. It’s pro hockey, by God, and it’s back in Lewiston. “Go Pirates!” was how Matt Butler put …
Lewiston police talk to people at the corner of Howard and Walnut streets in Lewiston on Thursday night after a man was found bleeding with stab wounds to his chest.

Police investigating stabbing in Lewiston

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 03, 2013, at 11:23 p.m.
One man was stabbed and another injured in a downtown fracas Thursday night on Ash Street, police said. Shortly before 7 p.m., police were called to the corner of Ash and Howard streets for a fight. Minutes later, witnesses said, a man was seen stumbling down Howard …
Ronald Hoffman appears in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington in September 2012.

Rumford lawyer allowed to continue practicing

By Mark LaFlamme on Oct. 02, 2013, at 7:42 p.m.
Lawyer Ron Hoffman was suspended from practicing law a year after admitting to phoning in a pair of bomb threats to schools in 2012. The suspension itself comes with a twist — according to the Maine Overseers of the Bar, Hoffman’s suspension was, itself, suspended, meaning he …
Former race horse Knotty.

Lisbon Falls family seeks to save sick former racehorse from being put down

By Mark LaFlamme on Sept. 28, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
The horse is named Knotty, and it could be put down in a matter of days. But not if Dan Buck Soules has anything to say about it. Soules and his family once owned the horse, a former racer they got in 2003 through a rescue …

Auburn man accused of burning dog, assaulting girlfriend

By Mark LaFlamme on Sept. 20, 2013, at 6:07 a.m.
A local man was in jail Thursday, accused of assaulting his girlfriend and burning a dog with a cigarette. Robert Roy Rogers, 29, of 17 James St., is charged with domestic assault, obstructing the report of a crime and criminal cruelty to animals. Police were investigating a …
Water runs freely down Topaz Drive as heavy rains cause severe flooding in Boulder, Colorado September 12, 2013.

Mainers describe wet chaos in Colorado

By Mark LaFlamme on Sept. 14, 2013, at 9:45 a.m.
Sasha Barajas used to live in Auburn. She knows what the Androscoggin River looks like after a heavy rain. On Thursday night, when the creek in front of her house in Boulder started to look like that, she knew it was time to get out. “The water in my front …