SKOWHEGAN — A Norridgewock man accused of shooting up his neighbor’s house over the weekend is being held on $100,000 cash bail at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison.

Neighbors say that William Longley, who has a criminal history, has subjected them to a series of unsettling confrontations. Saturday afternoon’s was the latest.

Longley, 46, appeared in Skowhegan District Court Monday morning through video link from the jail. He is charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors.

Longley was arrested on Old Country Road at approximately 5:48 p.m. Saturday after allegedly accusing two of his neighbors of kidnapping his girlfriend, then threatening to kill them and firing at least three rounds into one of their homes. He is also accused of attempting to break down the door of another house.

Longley’s girlfriend was not kidnapped and had gone for a walk, according to investigators from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

At Monday’s hearing, Judge Charles LaVerdiere questioned whether the high bail infringed on Longley’s constitutional rights, but Assistant District Attorney Brent Davis said the bail was justified because of the severity of the crime and the fact that Longley had a criminal history, including charges of operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention in 2014.

Davis said Longley’s neighbor Eileen Blanchard was “minding her own business” when Longley showed up intoxicated and threatening, then returned with a rifle, shot up the road and tried to force his way into her house, Davis said.

“Given those facts, we’re fortunate someone wasn’t killed,” Davis said.

Skowhegan attorney Philip Mohlar, who represented Longley on Monday, said that he had advised Longley to agree to the bail, which can be reviewed when an attorney is appointed for Longley.

Longley is charged with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, all class C felonies, as well as criminal mischief and refusal to submit to arrest or detention. Each felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Longley’s bail conditions include no contact with the three people named as victims and no use or possession of illegal drugs, alcohol or firearms.

In an interview at Skowhegan District Court Monday, family members Dan Crowley, 62, his son, Kevin Crowley, 24, and Eileen Blanchard, 63, who live next to Longley on Old County Road, said that Saturday’s incident was the latest in a long series of unsettling confrontations with their neighbor.

They were rattled and angry about Saturday, but pleased that the bail was set so high.

They said it was the second time that day police had been called to the property because of Longley.

Somerset County dispatch logs show that officers responded to a threatening complaint on Old County Road that came in shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Deputy Wilfred Dodge, who responded to the first report Saturday, did not return voice messages on Monday.

Monday’s court documents showed police said they got a report around 5:20 p.m. Saturday that Longley was threatening to hurt his neighbors.

The report was followed by a 911 call from Longley, who said his girlfriend had been kidnapped.

Then the original caller called 911 again to report Longley was shooting a rifle or shotgun up her driveway.

While on the line, the caller reported that Longley had gone back to his house and returned with a handgun, which he was now shooting and pounding on the side of the house. She said he smashed a glass door in an attempt to get in.

Longley was in the driveway when police arrived and was arrested at approximately 5:48 p.m. Police reported they found three spent .30-30 rounds and one live round in the driveway and three bullet holes in one of the houses.

Dan Crowley and Blanchard live in a home on the property, and Kevin Crowley has a mobile home nearby.

Kevin Crowley, on Monday, showed pictures he said he took after the shooting, showing bullet holes in his mobile home and damage to water line and insulation. He estimated Longley had hit his home three to seven times.

Crowley said the 2:56 p.m. threatening report was a call he made to report that Longley was threatening to kill his dogs using a gun or a crossbow.

Crowley is a convicted felon and can’t own a gun and said he has no means to protect himself from Longley.

Blanchard was the only one at home at the time of the second report.

Dan Crowley, who works as a massage therapist, was at the Trek Across Maine at Colby College all afternoon, and Kevin Crowley was out and said he came back during the second confrontation, but retreated when he saw Longley was armed.

Dan Crowley said that he bought his home on Old Country Road in 1978, and Longley moved in about 18 years ago.

The neighbors got along at first, but there were escalating arguments about maintaining and paying for the road that led to Longley demanding payment from him, Crowley said. Longley first pointed a gun at him over one of the arguments when his son Kevin was 8 years old, he said.

“The barrel of a gun looks a lot bigger when it’s pointed at you,” he said.

In the past, Longley would get angry and the family could hear him shooting off guns at his residence, Blanchard said.

The most recent argument was touched off when Longley demanded that Crowley pay for half of a $350 road work bill, even though Crowley had recently put more than $1,000 into the road, he said.

Longley’s angry episodes seem to have become more frequent as time has gone on and seem to have peaked in the last three months Crowley said. “It used to be once every few years, but now it seems like it happens every full moon or something,” he said.

The family intends to get a protection order against Longley and update their home security systems, Crowley said.

Peter McGuire — 861-9239

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