April 23, 2018
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Newport man accused of torching mother’s house, alleged medical pot thieves on Penobscot County indictment list

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Newport man accused of burning his mother’s home down and killing her dogs was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Kenneth Goodrich, 44, was indicted on two counts each of arson and aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of criminal use of explosives in connection with an Aug. 8 fire that gutted his mother’s home at 146 Rutland Road in Newport.

Goodrich remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Wednesday. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class A charge of arson.

Sandra Goodrich, who was not home when the fire began, called 911 to report that her son had set the fire and killed two of her dogs, Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said at the time.

She hid in the nearby woods until firefighters and police arrived, Macdaid said.

Kenneth Goodrich was found walking a short distance from the house not long after, and he was taken into custody and brought to a medical facility for evaluation, the chief said. He was charged with arson in early September.

According to a court affidavit filed by Sgt. Kenneth MacMaster of the state fire marshal’s office, Goodrich intentionally started the fire. He reportedly had a lighter in his pocket when police took him into custody.

The affidavit stated that Sandra Goodrich had gone to the Newport police station the day of the fire requesting that they stand by because of previous problems with her son’s verbal abuse. Kenneth Goodrich had been living with his mother three years before the fire.

The small one-story house that burned also was the scene of an October 2009 shooting that left Sandra Goodrich’s husband, Perley Goodrich Sr., dead at the hands of her other son, Perley Goodrich Jr., who also savagely beat Sandra Goodrich.

Perley Goodrich Jr., who had a history of mental illness, was arrested after an intense five-day manhunt. He was convicted of manslaughter in May 2011 and is serving an eight year prison sentence.

Also making the Penobscot County grand jury list were two men allegedly involved in an attempted medical marijuana heist.

Steven A. Cronk, 30, of Bangor was indicted on two counts each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking and one count each of robbery and stealing drugs. John A. Branscomb, 28, of Bangor was indicted on robbery and burglary charges. A third person believed to have been involved, 28-year-old Rachel Burrows of Glenburn, was not on the indictment list.

On July 23, Cronk and Branscomb broke into a house in Hermon and robbed a man of the medical marijuana he was licensed to grow and between $400 and $500 cash, according to court documents. A machete owned by Burrows was allegedly used to threaten the victim. Burrows allegedly drove the getaway car while the two men went into the home.

The alleged victim did not report the crime until Aug. 4.

On July 29, Cronk and Branscomb allegedly burglarized a home in Stetson and stole medicine and a gun. Again, Burrows drove the getaway car, police said.

Another man indicted on Wednesday was Dale J. Saucier, 36, of Howland. He was indicted on aggravated assault and domestic violence assault in connection with a June incident at his Howland home.

Saucier was shot, state police have said, in an armed confrontation with Trooper Benjamin Campbell at Saucier’s Water Street home shortly after Saucier called police. Campbell was doing a welfare check on Saucier when the incident occurred, state police said.

Also indicted on Wednesday were:

Brady T. Beal, 21, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Kyle Bellfleur, 30, East Millinocket, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

James Bergeron, 31, Greenbush, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, criminal speed, operating after suspension.

Melanie Boyington, 46, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Debra Brown, 53, Brewer, theft by unauthorized taking.

Scott A. Buck, 31, Howland, burglary, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Nicole Cassetta, 32, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Chelsea, Cobb, 21, Milo, theft by unauthorized taking.

Jason Colcord, 37, Bangor, domestic violence assault.

Crystal Corbett, 33, Hudson, operating after revocation.

Kari M. Cote, 32, East Millinocket, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Corey Allen Day, 29, East Millinocket, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, furnishing liquor to a minor, three counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, marijuana cultivation.

James A. Dean, 34, Carmel, domestic violence assault.

Gary Norman Doiron, 51, Bangor, three counts criminal threatening with dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault.

James Drumm, 30, Bath, domestic violence assault.

Chadwick Dyer, 25, burglary, three counts theft by unauthorized taking.

Donald Eldridge, 53, Old Town, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening.

Mathew Flanders, 28, Athens, criminal OUI, operating after suspension, operating beyond license condition or restriction.

Sarah Gardner, 35, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking, violation of conditions of release.

Douglas Garneau, 52, Bangor, robbery.

Michael D. Gleason, 29, Bangor, operating after revocation.

Linda Haines, 46, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Randy Hewes, 59, Mattawamkeag, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Jennifer Hunt, 39, Bangor, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Sarah James, 37, Milford, aiding escape.

Michael Kish, 52, Milford, possession of sexually explicit material.

Shawn M. Lenane, 33, Greenbush, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Thomas Libby, 26, Bangor, domestic violence terrorizing.

Jamar Lott, 36, Brewer, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury.

Jason A. Ludden, 35, Bangor, operating after revocation.

James Manning, 22, Newburgh, robbery, assault.

Luke G. McCracken, 30, Waterville, operating after revocation.

Brandon McPhail, 22, Bangor, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief.

Allison Meggison, 25, Bangor, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest, improper plates.

Charles D. Michaud, 50, Brewer, violation of sex offender registration.

Michael L. Miller, 34, Webster, theft by unauthorized taking.

Paul D. Myers, 43, Charleston, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, criminal OUI, operating after suspension.

Tracey L. Neild, 38, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Desiree D. Newbert, 26, LaGrange, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, unsworn falsification.

Aaron Olsen, 25, Springfield, burglary, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Joshua Ouellette, 28, Argyle, criminal OUI.

Cynthia J. Phillips, 60, Bangor, violation of condition of release.

Stephanie Powers, also known as Stephanie White, 28, Milford, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Niki Quimby, 35, Bangor, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Scott Ramsdell, 44, Cutler, tampering with a victim.

Alan W. Randall, 27, Hampden, two counts of theft by deception.

Desirae Reed, 31, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Julie Ring, 41, Bangor, operating after revocation.

Valerie Louis Rixham, 37, Howland, theft by unauthorized taking.

Nicholas J. Sanborn, 30, Milford, escape.

Harold S. Shapley, 52, Brewer, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury.

Daniel Soule, 71, Brewer, aggravated assault, assault on a police officer.

Sarah E. Stetson, 34, Holden, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Michael Thibodeau, 42, Hampden, assault on a police officer.

Tyler R. Thomas, 21, Bangor, aggravated assault, two counts of assault, violation of condition of release, failure to report.

Benjamin H. Urquhart, 58, Bangor, criminal OUI.

Chelsey Walker, 22, Dexter, aggravated criminal OUI, driving to endanger.

Sherpa Tshering Wangchu, 21, Whitefield, marijuana cultivation.

Brooke White, 22, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Matthew M. Wiley, 31, Bangor, criminal threatening with dangerous weapon, criminal trespass, carrying a concealed weapon.

 


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