Standish Woman Enters No Plea to Arson Charges

Updated 3 years ago

A 65-year-old Standish woman did not enter a plea on Tuesday morning during her initial appearance at York County Superior Court in Alfred. Carol Field is charged with multiple counts of felony arson and the State Fire Marshal’s Office says she is an arson suspect in a total of 15 other fires over the past two years in Cumberland and York counties. Most of the fires occurred in vacant buildings or wooded areas. Prosecutors said that Field admitted to them that she is responsible for “multiple fires”, including the July 26 fire in Raymond that badly damaged the Raymond Hill Baptist Church, the September 16 fire that damaged a vacant house on Central Avenue in Limerick and a September 2010 fire outside Plumber’s Hardware Store in Waterboro. A team of fire marshal investigators, ATF agents, Maine Forest Rangers and deputies from Cumberland and York counties combined efforts this summer to investigate the fires. Field became a suspect in early September after a witness saw a car leaving one of the fire scenes and gave investigators a partial license plate number and a vehicle description. She is being held on $100,000 bail. Defense attorney J.P. DeGrinney had argued for a lower bail, citing Field’s health issues, including scoliosis. A curfew from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. was added to the bail conditions. Field’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 23 at York County Superior Court in Alfred.


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