April 24, 2018
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North Anson woman charged with burning her own home in 2008

Mary Hoskins


SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A North Anson woman has been brought back to Maine to face an arson charge.

Mary Hoskins, 50, is charged in connection with a fire that badly damaged her mobile home on Embden Pond Road in North Anson in September 2008. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office took her from New Hampshire on Thursday after extradition proceedings, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Hoskins fled the state after learning of her arrest warrant, McCausland said.

Her son Neal Hoskins was sentenced earlier this month to two years in prison for his role in the fire, McCausland said.

Mary Hoskins was convicted of arson in 1998 for a fire that destroyed her home in Salem. Investigators said she and her now deceased husband burned down the house to collect insurance money, according to McCausland.

She was scheduled to appear in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan on Friday afternoon.

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