AUGUSTA — Three people face arson charges in indictments handed up Friday by a grand jury sitting in Kennebec County.

Ronald J. Oberst, 48, of Winthrop, faces two counts of arson and one each of theft by unauthorized taking and operating without a license.

Oberst, who returned to the area from Tucson, Ariz., in May, is accused of setting a fire on May 31 to a home on Pine Knoll Road in Winthrop. A family living in it was forced to flee.

Charles S. Reed, 62, of Monmouth, is accused of arson in an April 30 fire that destroyed his mobile home at West Village Trailer Park in Monmouth.

A man who called 911 to report that a Clinton mobile home was on fire on his property was indicted Friday on two charges of arson in connection with the April 25 blaze.

James H. Simonson, 54, who lives in a house at 774 Main St., where the blaze occurred, is accused of starting the fire with the intent to destroy the property of Kenneth Crommet, the mobile home owner, and with recklessly endangering a person or property.

No one was injured in the blazes.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.

A number of other people were indicted on various offenses by the same grand jury:

• Franklin F. Arbour Jr., 38, of Augusta, three counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin and cocaine base, two counts each of unlawful trafficking in crack cocaine and marijuana and two counts of unlawful possession of heroin and cocaine base, and one count of aggravated marijuana cultivation, all Sept. 17 in Augusta.

• Ismail Awad, 25, of Augusta, aggravated assault Oct. 14 in Augusta.

• Jason Scott Boucher, 34, of Augusta, attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault Sept. 20 in Augusta.

• Thomas G. Bourque, 32, of Belgrade, robbery, unlawful possession of oxocodone and stealing drugs Aug. 3 in Manchester.

• Richard E. Brann, 45, of Augusta, criminal operating under the influence and operating after suspension Aug. 5 in Hallowell.

• Bryan Brennick, 25, of Augusta, unlawful possession of heroin and violation of condition of release Oct. 12 in Augusta.

• Charles D. Buckingham, 54, of Augusta, tampering with a victim and three counts of violation of condition of release Sept. 2-6 in Augusta.

• Jovan J. Calhoun, 31, of Augusta, criminal operating under the influence, operating after suspension and violation of condition of release June 14 in Augusta.

• Skylar Benjamin Caron, 20, of Waterville, robbery, aggravated assault and violation of condition of release July 25 in Waterville.

• Cornell Collins, 45, of Webster, Mass., aggravated trafficking in heroin March 5 in Winthrop.

• Cassandra E. Dion, 28, and Andrew Lee Maheu, 27, both of Waterville, aggravated trafficking in heroin, unlawful furnishing of oxycodone, unlawful trafficking in marijuana, unlawful possession of psilocybin mushrooms and criminal forfeiture of $785 in cash, all Aug. 27 in Waterville.

• Edward J. Domasinsky, 56, of Clinton, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence assault Jan. 5 in Clinton.

• Erick Estrada, 32, of Waterville, aggravated assault May 9, 2013, in Waterville.

• Denvor R. Ferland, 22, of China, theft by unauthorized taking and theft by deception May 23 in Vassalboro.

• Steven P. Fernald, 25, of Augusta, three counts each of theft by unauthorized taking and violation of condition of release, May 25, June 5 and June 12 in Augusta.

• Brooke L. Frost, 24, and Devon Gary, 26, both of Manchester, robbery, stealing drugs and unlawful possession of oxycodone Sept. 6 in Manchester.

• Raymond Girouard, 57, of Hallowell, aggravated criminal operating under the influence April 6 in Belgrade.

• Levar A. Green, 37, of Waterville, domestic violence assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, violation of a protective order and obstructing report of crime or injury Sept. 12 in Waterville.

• Frederick Horne Sr., 47, of Waterville, unlawful possession of oxycodone, unlawful trafficking of marijuana and three counts of sex trafficking Feb. 10-April 10 in Sidney.

• Jamahl A. Howell, 26, of Winthrop, aggravated assault Oct. 3 in Winthrop.

• Steven K. Jasper, 39, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking June 13 in Augusta.

• Joseph Richard Johnson, 25, of Waterville, two counts each of burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and violation of condition of release and one count of assault between Dec. 7, 2013, and Sept. 22, 2014, in Winslow and Waterville.

• Brandon P. Lee, 30, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking and aggravated criminal mischief July 15-16 in Winslow.

• Todd E. Lunt, 38, of Chelsea, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, heroin and cocaine base, and one count each of failure to give correct name and criminal forfeiture of $1,074 cash, all Oct. 7 in Chelsea.

• Deanna B. Mason, 26, of Monmouth, unlawful possession of heroin June 18 in Monmouth.

• Thomas John Mulkern Jr., 28, of Augusta, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, March 2-7 in Augusta.

• Anthony Blair Nigro, 35, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking and violation of condition of release July 24 in Augusta.

• Shawn C. Owens, 23, of Augusta, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief Aug. 24-25 in Augusta.

• Luke Brandon Park, 33, of Waterville, domestic violence assault Sept. 24 in Winslow.

• Gretchen L. Patrick, 52, of Litchfield, aggravated sex trafficking and sex trafficking between July 31, 2012, and April 10, 2014, in Augusta and Litchfield and unlawful possession of cocaine April 10 in Litchfield.

• Richard Ernest Pepin, 64, of Augusta, three counts of sexually explicit materials of children under 12 between Feb. 29-May 6, 2012, in Augusta.

• Anthony George Perkins, 27, of Waterville, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and possession of burglary tools, Sept. 22 in Waterville.

• Gage M. Perry, 21, of Winslow, two counts of sexually explicit materials of children under 12 on May 10, 2013, in Winslow.

• Kenneth E. Pinard, 23, of Auburn, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief Oct. 20, 2014, in West Gardiner.

• Marcel Pomerleau, 72, of Monmouth, six counts of displaying of fictitious inspection sticker, three counts of aggravated forgery, and one count each of unlicensed vehicle dealer and improper plates between Nov. 1, 2012, and Nov. 25, 2013.

• Joseph F. Ridley, 43, of Augusta, receiving stolen property June 17-July 18 in Augusta.

• Eric Carl Ronco, 28, of Brewer, aggravated criminal mischief June 5 in Augusta.

• Michael A. Rouillard, 45, of Winslow, aggravated criminal mischief and two counts of unauthorized use of property May 22 in Winslow.

• Justin Savell, 31, of Farmingdale, two counts each of burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief, and one count of receiving stolen property Dec. 14-21, 2012, in Vassalboro and Chelsea.

• Andrew L. Seamon, 48, of Augusta, two counts of gross sexual assault and one count of unlawful sexual contact between May 31, 2012, and Feb. 1, 2014, in Augusta.

• Angie L. Sousa, 32, of Farmingdale, aggravated trafficking in heroin, two counts of unlawful trafficking in crack cocaine and marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession of heroin and cocaine base, and one count of marijuana cultivation, all Sept. 17 in Augusta.

• Samantha Tupper, 22, of Augusta, unlawful possession of heroin Aug. 23 in Augusta.

• Christopher Veilleux, 26, of Farmington, operating after revocation June 28 in Gardiner.

• Levi L. Violette, 23, of Manchester, unlawful possession of oxycodone April 11 in Manchester.

• Marcie Whitten, 35, of Lewiston, forgery and theft by unauthorized taking Feb. 1 in Litchfield.

• Jason M. Wing, 35, of Augusta, operating after revocation June 19 in Gardiner.

• Randy L. Young, 37, of Chelsea, aggravated assault and domestic violence assault Oct. 5 in Chelsea.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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