Linneus woman charged in connection with Masardis fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a Linneus woman has been charged for her role in a 2016 fire that destroyed a truck in Masardis.

48 year old John Craig and 25 year old Richard Gilman were arrested in 2016, a few months after the incident, and charged with arson.

41 year old Melissa Sawyer was arrested yesterday in Houlton and has also been charged with arson.

She was charged by Fire Investigator Jeremy Damren and taken to the Aroostook County Jail.

The fire destroyed a 2012 Kenworth tractor parked in the yard of John Craig Trucking on the Garfield Road in Masardis on April 11, 2016.

Fire Investigators say the truck was torched for insurance proceeds and the two men said they were elsewhere with Sawyer at the time of the fire.

Authorities say that new information now contends that Sawyer was at the fire site, along with the two men.

There was still $90,000 owed on the truck when it was burned.