June 22, 2018
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Prentiss arson suspect due in court Friday; held on $10K bail

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

PRENTISS, Maine — A Prentiss Township man charged earlier this week with setting a state fire marshal’s car on fire is due in court Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, officials said.

John Weckerly, 53, was being held overnight Thursday in the Penobscot County Jail on $10,000 cash bail, a jail spokeswoman said.

Weckerly was charged with arson early Wednesday after a state police dog followed a scent from the destroyed, state-owned 2009 Chevrolet Impala of Fire Marshal Sgt. Timothy York from Aurora Drive to Weckerly’s home about a half mile away. The car had been set afire with a flammable liquid, state police said.

York and the two other officials from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Ed Archer and Scott Richardson, were in Prentiss conducting an investigation into three arson fires set in the area over the past 10 months.

A garage, a seasonal camp and other structures had been damaged or destroyed by the fires, which occurred on Nov. 16, July 3 and July 20, state police have said.

Landowners in the area interviewed Wednesday said that Weckerly was somewhat eccentric. Known around the area as “moped man” because he drove one, Weckerly was a loner often seen muttering to himself, neighbors said.

A state fire marshal’s office spokesman said Thursday that Wecklerly has not been connected to the three arson fires. He declined to say whether Weckerly was a suspect.

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