May 22, 2018
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Livermore Falls woman denies paying someone to burn down her store for insurance money

The Associated Press

AUBURN, Maine — A Livermore Falls woman authorities say paid someone $4,000 to burn down the store she owned so she could use the insurance money to open a day care center has pleaded not guilty to arson charges.

Erica Poland-Rolfe was granted $15,000 bail Thursday in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

A co-defendant who allegedly helped torch the JP Corner Store on Pleasant Street last July also pleaded not guilty Thursday. Nicole Hennesey of Wilton was released on personal recognizance. Police allege Hennesey helped douse the store in gasoline and acted as a lookout as a man set the fire.

The Sun Journal reports that damage to the store was minimal but investigators quickly determined it was arson.

The store is now under new management.

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