Bucksport blaze leads to charge of arson

Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:28 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bucksport police have charged a New Jersey man with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a state transportation department shed and a portable toilet in November.

According to Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department, Corey Seward, 19, of Burlington, N.J., has been charged with arson, a Class A crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

The charges stem from an early morning fire on Nov. 17 at a Maine Department of Transportation construction site on the corner of Mill and Main streets where DOT crews were working on a bridge. The fire destroyed the department’s shed and a rented portable toilet. Damage totaled about $12,000, Winchester said.

Stewart Jacobs, an investigator with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office, determined that the fire had been set and worked with Winchester and other Bucksport officers on the investigation.

In December, Winchester obtained an arrest warrant for Seward, but learned that the New Jersey man already was being held by authorities in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, Winchester and Jacobs traveled to Doylestown, Pa., and brought Seward back to Maine. Seward was charged with arson and remained in custody as of Thursday at the Hancock County Jail.

Seward is scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court in March.