LIVERMORE FALLS  — Police say the owner of the JP Corner Store on Pleasant Street paid a man to burn down her business.

Maine officials have charged 29-year-old Ericka Poland-Rolfe, of Livermore Falls, of hiring 21-year-old Miguel Cedeno to set fire to the convenience store last summer.

Cedeno is also a Livermore Falls resident.

Police have charged both with arson and criminal conspiracy. The store was heavily damaged in a July 26 fire that was started with a flammable liquid.

Almost immediately after the fire, an investigator from the Fire Marshal’s Office announced that the fire had been intentionally set and it was deemed arson, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Poland-Rolfe, who bought the store in October 2009, closed it twice since the fire. It has since re-opened under new management.

Cedeno is already in jail for a Farmington break-in last month, according to the Sun Journal.

As of Friday, Poland-Rolfe was at the Androscoggin County Jail and facing $30,000 bail.


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