SKOWHEGAN — A Solon man arrested in November on an arson charge in what police said was the result of an escalating feud between two men has been indicted by a Somerset County grand jury.

Randy Ruest II, 26, of Pleasant Street, Solon, is charged by the grand jury with arson, a class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Ruest allegedly set fire to the outside of the other man’s house on Oct. 5 on South Main Street, using a beer bottle filled with gasoline, according to police.

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

Others indicted by the grand jury last week:

• Leslie D. White, 74, showing a motel room address in Palmyra, is charged with violating the conditions of his release by allegedly having contact with a child under the age of 18 on Nov. 22 in Skowhegan. White, with a Kingfield address, was indicted by another grand jury in September on three counts of unlawful sexual contact with a victim who was 14 or 15 years old at the time. The crimes are alleged to have happened in New Portland on or about May 31 of this year. Two of the charges are class C felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison on each count. The third charge is a class D misdemeanor.


The latest allegation is a class C felony.

• Ryan Paul Man, 37, of Skowhegan, is charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon Oct. 26 in Skowhegan.

• Katherine A. Strysko, 33, of Skowhegan, is charged with one felony count of theft May 18 at the Hannaford supermarket in Skowhegan. She has two previous theft convictions, according to the indictment.

• Ryan A. Quimby, 34, a transient, is charged with felony aggravated assault and with misdemeanor domestic violence assault and criminal mischief July 20 in Madison.

• Justin W. Carr, 36, of Harmony, is charged with felony operating after revocation and with domestic violence assault Nov. 5 in Canaan.

• Thomas W. Cote, 22, of China, is charged with felony counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief and with misdemeanor theft June 12 in Embden.


• Dillon M. St. Peter, 21, of Embden, is charged with felony counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief and with misdemeanor counts of theft and violation of conditions of release, June 12 in Embden.

• Richard W. Foss, 63, of Canaan, is charged with felony counts of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person Dec. 5 in Canaan.

• Michael S. Cilley, 49, of Fairfield, is charged with one count of felony theft June 15 in Fairfield.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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