Somerset County grand jury arraigns Palmyra couple on arson charges – Kennebec Journal & Early Morning Sentinel

24July 2020

SKOWHEGAN– The Somerset County Grand Jury handed up indictments Thursday including 2 that charge a Palmyra couple with arson.

Ann M. Hicks, 52, and Thomas C. Schmidt, 54, have each been charged with one count of arson, one count of theft by insurance deception, one count of conspiracy to dedicate and one count of submitting an incorrect public report.

On Sept. 29, 2019, the couple allegedly started a fire in their pickup truck on Pond Road in St. Albans. The truck was destroyed. The two are declared to have collected a minimum of $10,000 from their insurance company.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, however an indication that there is enough proof in a case to progress with a trial.

Other indictments covered cases involving drug charges, theft and domestic violence assaults.

– David M. Obert, 51, of Norridgewock, charged with two counts of murder. On July 4, 2019, Obert was discovered to have recklessly or with criminal negligence triggered the deaths of Joyce Gibson and Keith Blackwell.

– Lief Wolfgang Schinzel, 34, of New Portland, charged with one count of aggravated assault, 2 counts of domestic violence scaring and three counts of domestic violence attack, which took place between Nov. 23, 2019, and Feb. 28, 2020.

– Daniel J. Bubier, 31, of Consistency, charged with one count of tried murder, one count of exacerbated attack and one count of domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon on July 31, 2019.

– Brian L. Cowan III, 31, of Palmyra, charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact, alleged to have actually occurred between

Feb. 1 and May 15. – Danielle K. Smith, 34, of Madison, charged with 2 counts of unlawful ownership of arranged drugs. On Nov. 6, 2019, Smith was found in ownership of more than 200 grams of fentanyl and fentanyl powder.

– Alyvia L. Gordon, 22, of Waterville, charged with two counts of intensified trafficking in scheduled drugs, three counts of illegal possession of arranged drugs and one count of criminal forfeiture. On Aug. 14, 2019, Gordon was found to be trafficking more than 6 grams of fentanyl powder, more than 6 grams of heroin, 200 milligrams of fentanyl powder, and cocaine base. Gordon likewise provided cash in exchange for the drugs.

– Ronald L. Bubier, 32, of Skowhegan, was charged with one count of exacerbated trafficking in set up drugs, running after revocation, failure to pick up an officer and criminal forfeit. On Might 5, Bubier was alleged to have actually been trafficking a minimum of 6 grams of heroin during a traffic stop where he declined to pick up authorities.

– Derek Nickerson, 35, of Houlton, charged with avoiding an officer, driving to threaten, criminal speed, criminal trespass and breaching a protective order on Feb. 14. – Kevin Crowley, 29, of Norridgewock, charged with domestic violence attack and domestic violence scaring, alleged to have taken place on Jan. 20.

– Dustin Ryan Hutchins, 35, of Fairfield, charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, alleged to have actually occurred on July 27, 2019.

– Alex L. Sherwood, 29, of St. Albans, charged with 5 counts of burglary and five counts of theft, declared to have actually taken place on Dec. 20, 2019.

– Michael Warren Gatcomb Jr., 36, of Lewiston, charged with eluding an officer, threatening the well-being of a child, operating after cancellation, driving to endanger, failure to pick up an officer, criminal speed, running an unregistered lorry and inappropriate plates, declared to have taken place on Nov. 25, 2019.

– Lynda Ann Thomas, 53, of Rome, charged with forgery and theft by deception, declared to have actually happened on Aug. 1, 2019.

– Staci Tozier, 49, of Skowhegan, charged with 6 counts of theft by unauthorized taking, declared to have actually happened in between Jan. 1, 2013, andJan 1.

, 2018. – Joseph Fitzgerald, 36, of Waterville, charged with operating after cancellation, alleged to have actually taken place on Feb. 20.

– Randy J. Willard, 37, of Oakland, charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in arranged drugs, violating conditions of release and criminal forfeit, declared to have occurred on Dec. 17, 2019. Willard was found to have fentanyl powder and drug base.

– Michael T. Cunningham, 53, of Norridgewock, charged with domestic violence attack, alleged to have actually occurred on June 4.

– Corey S. Walter, 38, of Norridgewock, charged with gross sexual assault, alleged to have occurred in between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28

. – Wally C. Towers, 55, of Skowhegan, charged with operating after cancellation and breaching conditions of release, alleged to have occurred on April 24.

– Daniel Sansone, 20, of Derry, N.H., charged with aggravated trafficking in set up drugs, unlawful ownership of arranged drugs, running after suspension and criminal forfeiture, alleged to have happened on Feb. 21. At the time of the occurrence, Sanone was found in belongings of more than one pound of marijuana and psilocybin along with a gun.

– Dustin T. McKenney, 27, of Skowhegan, charged with 2 counts of exacerbated trafficking in set up drugs, illegal trafficking of set up drugs, 2 counts of breaching conditions of release and 4 counts of criminal forfeit. On April 28, McKenney was supposedly found to have fentanyl powder and a gun.

– Dwayne V. Weese, 53, of Athens, charged with arson, declared to have actually happened on Feb. 28. – Gregory Baylis, 37, of Winslow, charged with three counts of theft, declared to have actually happened on Oct. 23, 2019.

– Matthew Russell, 38, of Norridgewock, charged with worsened attack, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a mishap involving major physical injury or death and leaving the scene of a mishap involving home damage, declared to have actually occurred on Oct. 26, 2019.

– Tanya L. Paradis, 45, of Fairfield, charged with theft and theft, declared to have happened on Jan. 1. – Michael A. Lonnee, 36, of Gardiner, charged with domestic violence assault, declared to have taken place on Feb. 15 in Fairfield.

– Shawn T. Hyatt, 21, of Waterville, charged with worsened assault and domestic violence attack, declared to have happened on May 6.

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