June 18, 2018
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Suspect in Rockland arson back in jail

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old South Thomaston woman charged with setting fire last year to a four-unit apartment building in Rockland is back behind bars.

Christie Look was arrested April 12 by a Knox County sheriff’s deputy, who conducted a bail check on her, after spotting her driving on Route 73 and turning onto Old Tote Road in South Thomaston.

The police report filed by the deputy stated that Look failed the field sobriety test and later a test at the jail found her blood alcohol level at 0.19, more than twice the legal limit to drive of 0.08. She was charged with operating under the influence and violating a condition of release.

As a result of that arrest, Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Liberman filed a motion April 13 to have Look’s bail on the arson charge revoked. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for Monday afternoon in 6th District Court in Rockland.

Look had been arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, and charged with arson for the fire that occurred Dec. 1, 2011, at a four-unit apartment building at 25 Talbot Ave. in Rockland.

The fire heavily damaged the apartment that Look and her boyfriend lived in and caused smoke damage to the other apartments. There were no injuries, but damage estimates totaled more than $50,000.

The fire initially was considered to have started accidentally in Look’s apartment from a candle that fell onto clothing. But Look admitted to police in an interview Dec. 2 that she had set fire to clothes in a suitcase in the apartment’s kitchen in a suicide attempt. The arrest did not occur until later because she had entered a mental health facility voluntarily.

Look remained jailed after Feb. 7 unable to meet bail set at $20,000 until March 8, when Justice Jeffrey Hjelm reduced the bail to $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety.

The district attorney’s office argued on March 8 against lowering the bail because of Look’s severe mental health problems and concerns that she might again do something that could endanger other people.

Defense attorney William Pagnano successfully countered that his client was undergoing intensive outpatient mental health treatment, would live with an aunt and would be under the supervision of Maine Pretrial Services. He also pointed out that she has no criminal record.

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