Man accused of destroying airplanes arraigned


FARMINGTON – A judge entered a not-guilty plea Friday on behalf of a Greene man accused of destroying two Cessna airplanes and a hangar at Sugarloaf Regional Airport in Carrabassett Valley last month.

At the arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court, Justice Joseph Jabar ordered Travis R. Therrien, 25, of 17 Sedgley Road not to return to the airport. He is charged with aggravated criminal mischief.

Therrien was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury in July.

Police said in June that Therrien, who was working construction in the area, tampered with a Cessna airplane and started it at full-throttle. The plane tie-downs broke, and the aircraft crossed a taxiway and crashed into a second plane and a hangar.

It was estimated that more than $70,000 in damage was done to the two Cessna 172 planes, owned by Peter McKendry and Thomas Carey, both of Carrabassett Valley, and the hangar.

Jabar set bail at $1,000 unsecured bond and told Therrien he had 21 days to file motions on the case and must return to court Aug. 24.

Therrien asked if that date could be changed and Jabar asked why.

Therrien said he was leaving Saturday morning for three months to work in Seattle, Wash. That’s why he had his arraignment moved up, Therrien said, because he would be out of state.

Jabar told him to make arrangements to be in court.