South Paris man faces arson charges 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a South Paris man faces arson charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a house owned by a well known local man three years ago.Investigators charged 34-year-old Robert G. Conrad with arson in connection with the March 13th, 2007 fire that destroyed the home of Robert Walker, who was the former track announcer at Oxford Plains Speedway and a former Norway selectman. Walker was recuperating at a nursing home at the time of the fire.The fire destroyed Walker’s house on Country Club Road in Norway. It was never rebuilt.Conrad, who works as a maintenance man, was arrested Friday evening at the home of his parents in Oxford. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail in South Paris. Police say Conrad is likely to make his first court appearance Monday.Investigators began the day Friday with another arson fire that was set on an outside deck of a single family home on Jenny Lane in Oxford. As that fire was being investigated, new information arose on Walker’s fire three years earlier and search warrants were served during the day at two locations. The fire earlier in the day is still being investigated and no one has been charged.