WISCASSET, Maine — Three men were indicted this month, accused of setting fire to a boathouse in Waldoboro as part of an ongoing dispute over fishing territory.
James “Jamie” R. Simmons, 39, of Friendship; Fredrick A. Campbell, 30, of Friendship; and Jeffrey Luce, 36, of Whitefield, were indicted by the grand jury that met during the week of Sept. 8, District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau confirmed.
Simmons and Luce are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday in Lincoln County Superior Court in Wiscasset. Campbell’s arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 30.
The three men were arrested in June and charged with the arson for a June 2012 fire that destroyed a Quonset hut-style boathouse owned by Donald Simmons and a lobster boat inside. The victim and James Simmons are not related.
The three charged were released from jail on bail within a few days of their arrests.
The fire was the result of a dispute over fishing territory, according to law enforcement officials.
Stored inside the boathouse was a 36-foot Wayne Beal fiberglass lobster boat owned by Danny Reed Jr. of Friendship. Reed is paraplegic and had planned to go tuna fishing upon his release from a health care facility, according to court documents.
The fishing boat, valued at $150,000, had been paid off but was not insured, according to police. The building was valued at about $50,000.
James Simmons and Donald Simmons also have accused each other of cutting hundreds of lobster traps in the ongoing dispute, according to officers.
James Simmons previously was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon for shooting a rifle in the direction of Donald Simmons at Wallace’s Lobster Wharf in Friendship on Dec. 4, 2011.
In that case, James Simmons pleaded guilty to reduced charges of criminal threatening and reckless conduct and was sentenced in September 2012 to 364 days in jail with all but 45 days suspended.