Local pair pleads guilty in sex trafficking case

PORTLAND — A local man and woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to hiring a 13-year-old Lisbon girl as a prostitute. Shawna Calhoun, 24, of Lewiston and Alvin Houston Jr., 27, of Auburn admitted to the charge of transporting the girl with the intent to engage her …

Haunted hayride defendants expected in court

AUBURN — Two of three defendants criminally charged in a fatal haunted hayride last fall have lined up lawyers to represent them at their first court appearances on Thursday. Portland defense attorney Michael Whipple is expected to represent Harvest Hill Farm of Mechanic Falls, a com…

Auburn officials to announce plans for The Barn building

AUBURN — City officials plan to unveil details of the landmark investment in a vacant Minot Avenue warehouse Friday morning. The city scheduled a 9:30 a.m. news conference in the City Council Chamber at Auburn Hall to announce details of the private investment in 67 Minot Ave., known…

Pair who prostituted 13-year-old plead guilty to federal charges

PORTLAND, Maine — An Auburn man and a Lewiston woman arrested New Year’s Eve in Bangor and charged with prostituting a 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to transporting an individual in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and aiding and abetting. By pleading guilty, Alvin “Chip” …

Storm knocks down trees, crushes car

CHESTERVILLE — Trees and power lines fell on cars during one thunderstorm, a tornado warning was in effect with another and hail the size of pingpong balls caused damage to vehicles during a third storm Tuesday afternoon. According to meteorologist Michael Cempa of the National Weath…

Locals say Brady suspension too much

LEWISTON — Eleven-year-old Koby Lafata of Wales wanted to know: “Will Tom Brady be at training camp on Thursday?” The NFL announced Tuesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the decision to suspend Brady for the first four games of the regular season for his role in using under…

Magician appears in library

Lewiston magician Steve Cornish, performing under the name, “The Great Stephan,” performs a magic trick with a young girl from the River Valley on Tuesday afternoon at the Ludden Memorial Library in Dixfield. Cornish’s performance, the final event of the library’s summer reading program, focused …

Lewiston’s controversial freshmen learning didn’t result in higher summer school numbers

LEWISTON — In freshman English class Tuesday, Ryan Cremona worked on his essay about heroism. Another student worked on her analysis of how a serial killer landlord story was different in the book versus the movie. Another student worked on vocabulary. Last fall, Cremona said …

Greene man sues town, again

AUBURN — A Greene man who sued the town for denying him a permit to operate a flea market is back in court. George Stanley filed a two-page, handwritten complaint this week in Androscoggin County Superior Court against the town, roughly two months after the state’s highest court dism…