Articles by Scott Taylor

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.
LEWISTON | The Colisee was filled to brimming with finely-engineered robots Friday morning, but there’s little surprise that Spruce Mountain High School freshman Bryan Riley’s was the coolest one. Bryan was on hand to help cheer on his FIRST Robotics team — Spruce Mountain’s SMART — at the third …
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.
An argument led to an early morning shooting in Hillview Apartments complex Monday. Police arrested Jerome Hudson, 43, of Lewiston as he hid near an apartment building on Cram Avenue less than a mile away from the shooting. “There was a report from neighbors there, that there …

Federal involvement complicates demolition of burned-out Auburn tenement

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 13, 2014, at 6:31 a.m.
A federal mortgage program’s involvement in a burned-out Gamage Avenue tenement could delay plans to demolish the building. That may be just fine with the city, according to Eric Cousens, Auburn’s director of planning and permitting. “Because of where it’s located, it’s difficult to get at and …

Bridgton firm creates lighter, tougher equipment for modern soldiers

By Scott Taylor on Jan. 06, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
Frank Howell calls it a rumpus room, making it sound far less serious than it really is. When the U.S. Army needed gear to make its soldiers more maneuverable in hot, dry climates, the answer came from Howell’s rumpus room — known to the rest of the …
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 | Five months ago to the day on Christmas Eve, Matt Dyer woke to the shadow of a bear falling on his tent. The polar bear pulled him out by the neck and ran toward the water — and almost certain death for Dyer. “I guess I was …
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.
It wasn’t just one shock to the downtown — it was three. Three fires downtown over the course of a week between April and May not only destroyed 10 large tenement buildings, putting dozens of families out in the street, it forced the city to double down …

‘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.
LEWISTON | For Raquel Rodriguez, it is no small thing to know for sure that her family has a place to stay through the holidays. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. “I could go back to Texas, and I guess that’s what I’m planning to do,” Rodriguez said. “But I …

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

By Scott Taylor on Nov. 17, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.
Police continued to search over the weekend for three ski-mask wearing men involved in a Macomber Hill Road home invasion early Saturday morning. According to the Jay Police Department, the men forced their way into the home just after midnight Saturday, forcing the woman in the house …
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.
Robert Hayes figures his family business is behind the walls of most of Lewiston-Auburn’s historic buildings. “The old horsehair plasters, the cements and mortars, they were all coming through J.L. Hayes for the big churches and the mills at some point,” Hayes said. “That’s how we really …
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.
An 18-month effort to boost the police presence downtown has proved so successful that it will continue into 2015. U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II and Lewiston police Chief Mike Bussiere announced Monday that the Operation Hot Spot program has received a $149,863 grant from the U.S. Department …

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.
A summertime parking ban might be the best way to keep the No Name Pond beach from drowning in bottles, cans, used diapers and other litter, according to neighbors. “We get people, and I’m amazed by it, who come from Durham, Lisbon, Litchfield, Sabattus,” said No Name …
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.
Norway Savings Bank will pay the city $770,000 for the 10-year naming rights for the new dual-surface ice arena and the main rink’s center ice. “We could not be more proud to have a partner that is an anchor for western Maine — just as Lewiston-Auburn wishes …

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

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 23, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.
The official response to a series of spring fires is only part of the story, according to community organizer Shanna Rogers. “There are solutions people can take by themselves, with a neighbor or with a neighborhood group,” she said. “These are really self-solutions.” City officials will report …

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

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 21, 2013, at 6:43 a.m.
POLAND | A rash of car break-ins this summer has state park officials urging Range Pond visitors to be careful about what they bring with them. Gary Best, state parks assistant regional manager, said officials know of five smash-and-grab thefts this summer in the Range Pond parking area. “It’s …

Auburn council considers firearms committee to look over discharge rules

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 17, 2013, at 6:38 a.m.
A group tasked with monitoring the city’s firearms discharge zone could become a formal city committee, according to police Chief Phil Crowell. Crowell briefed councilors on proposed changes to the city’s firearms discharge committee Monday. “Basically, they are just called upon when needed, currently,” Crowell said. “The …
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.
Firefighting techniques may be roughly the same in the U.S. as they are in Eastern Europe, but the approach to training firefighters is quite different. Pawel Gatarczyk, 21, a third-year cadet in the country of Poland’s fire services academy, is learning that firsthand. “In school, we are …

Volunteers of America seeks to reclaim units lost in Lewiston fire with new housing development

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 07, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
A proposed downtown project would resurrect 30 housing units lost in a May 3 fire that burned four apartment buildings and left dozens homeless. Volunteers of America hopes to build a housing development on lots at 110 and 114 Pierce St. and 145 and 149 Bartlett St. …

Auburn council approves synthetic drug ban over objections

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 04, 2013, at 7:58 a.m.
Councilors approved a ban on synthetic drugs, despite a last-ditch effort by Councilor Joshua Shea to derail it. “We are being asked to create a law here, and it’s not just an ‘I hate drugs’ yes vote,” Shea said. “This has some repercussions. It’s a big deal.” …