Former CMCC student accused of trying to burn down school

Alonzo James
Alonzo James
Posted May 15, 2012, at 5:52 a.m.
Last modified May 15, 2012, at 7:03 p.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A West Bath man who played guard on Central Maine Community College’s basketball team was indicted last week, accused of trying to burn down the school.

Alonzo B. James, 20, was indicted by an Androscoggin County grand jury on misdemeanor counts of attempted use of criminal use of explosives and terrorizing, each charge punishable by up to a year in jail.

Police were called to the school in February where a security officer reported that James had talked about wanting to burn down the school, according to a affidavit by Auburn police Officer James Phillips. The security officer had learned about a device that looked like a homemade bomb, he told police.

Two of James’ roommates at the school told police they had found three Snapple bottles taped together that contained batteries and had homemade wicks protruding from their tops. Two other students told police James had asked them for gasoline so he could burn down the school.

Police found the device in a Dumpster outside the dorm where James’ roommate had moved it.

When he was later questioned about the device by police, James said he was the one who had taped the bottles together and installed the makeshift wicks of a bandanna, a sock and a dryer sheet.

James has no criminal record, according to court documents.

He was freed from Androscoggin County Jail in March on $500 cash bail.

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