October 22, 2018
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Maine man allegedly threw gas-filled beer bottle at home of man with whom he had disputed

A Solon man allegedly threw a gasoline-filled beer bottle at the home of a man with whom he has “a long-standing dispute,” setting its exterior ablaze, state fire investigators said.

Randy Ruest II, 26, was arrested Tuesday night at the Solon Fire Department where he was interviewed by investigators from the Maine fire marshal’s office, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday morning.

Ruest was charged with arson in connection to an October house fire, McCausland said.

On Oct. 5, Ruest allegedly threw a beer bottle half-filled with gasoline at the South Main Street home of Thomas Roderick, setting its exterior on fire, according to McCausland. Ruest then ran back to his Pleasant Street home, McCausland said.

The Solon Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, and the house sustained only minor damage to its exterior, McCausland said.

McCausland said Ruest and Roderick, 31, have “a long-standing dispute” dating back to the summer that in one instance ended in a fight between the two men.

Ruest was taken to the Somerset County Jail in Madison, where his bail was set at $10,000.

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