Addison man charged in arson attempt

Posted March 30, 2010, at 8:40 p.m.

ADDISON, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to burn his home down by spreading gasoline throughout the structure.

James “Jimmy” Crowley, 50, has been released after posting bail and will likely be indicted on several charges, according to Maine State Police Sgt. Alden Bustard.

Bustard said Trooper Barry Curtis went to a home on Basin Road in Addison after a female caller reported that Crowley had poured about 5 gallons of gasoline throughout the house and was getting ready to light it.

Bustard said a relative who came to the female’s aid restrained Crowley inside the home until police could take him into custody.

Bustard said a loaded 20-gauge shotgun also was found in the residence.

Crowley likely will be indicted on charges of attempted arson, criminal restraint, terrorizing and domestic assault.

Bustard said that in addition to Curtis, Sgt. Timothy Varney, Trooper Christopher Smith and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies Lt. Travis Willey, Sgt. Tim Tabbutt and Brandon Parker assisted in the investigation.

The Addison and Columbia Falls fire departments also assisted with the incident.

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