SKOWHEGAN — A Norridgewock man accused of domestic violence assault and with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly crushing the skulls of two kittens during a domestic dispute May 29 is among 15 people indicted last week by a Somerset County grand jury.

Vance A. Cayford Jr., 45, faces five criminal charges, three of them felony charges.

In a court affidavit, police said Cayford threatened a woman with a gun, refused to submit to arrest and killed the two kittens by smashing their heads on the corner of a refrigerator, all May 29.

Cayford, who was convicted in July 2014 of possession of a firearm by a felon in 2014 in Norridgewock and sentenced to three months in jail, now faces new criminal charges.

He is charged by the grand jury with domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, aggravated cruelty to animals, violation of a protective order and refusing to submit to arrest.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but an indication that enough evidence is present to proceed with a trial.


Also indicted by the grand jury were:

• Roger Russell Jr., 43, of Ripley, charged with operating after revocation May 1 in Cambridge.

• Bridget D. Neal, 30, of Ripley, charged with operating under the influence and after license revocation April 13 in Ripley.

• Matthew T. Maybury, 45, of Jackman, charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and refusing to submit to arrest May 3 in Jackman.

• Robert A. Carey Jr., 26, of Madison, charged with burglary, theft and theft of a firearm Nov. 1 in Solon.

• Gary Preston Dodge Jr., 29, of Norridgewock, charged with operating after revocation, refusing to submit to arrest, violation of the conditions of release and failure to stop for an officer June 18 in Norridgewock.


• Jonathan Rivera, 37, of Bingham, charged with domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence criminal threatening, assault and criminal mischief May 13 and 14 in Bingham and with seven counts of violating conditions of release June 5-13 in Madison.

• Douglas E. Guerette, 33, of Newport, charged with theft April 13 in Palmyra.

• Stephan C. McIntyre, 26, of Norridgewock, charged with aggravated forgery April 26 in Skowhegan.

• Nicholas R. D. Hansen, 25, a transient, charged with possession of drugs March 16 in Skowhegan.

• Jason Oliver, 40, of Westerly, Rhode Island, charged with theft by deception between Sept.1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014, in Rockwood Strip.

• Jason E. Carr, 43, of Hartland, charged with operating after revocation April 14 in Palmyra.


• Donn Wilmont Sweetser, 57, of Winslow, charged with operating after revocation April 19 in Fairfield.

• Kellie G. McFarlin, 39, of Newport, charged with receiving stolen property and violations of conditions of release Feb. 29 in Palmyra.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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