Man accused of setting a fire at former girlfriend’s residence

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LIVERMORE – A Jay man was arrested this weekend in connection with a fire set late Saturday night in the yard of a former girlfriend’s house on Hathaway Hill Road, state fire investigator Edward Hastings IV said Monday.

The fire was started in a wood pile and a vehicle also burned in the driveway, he said.

Ryan Ridley, 28, was arrested on charges of arson and domestic violence criminal mischief, Hastings said.

Ridley is also accused of ramming a second vehicle in the driveway with his vehicle, he said. Damage to that vehicle is estimated at less than $2,000, he said.

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Ridley’s bail was set at $25,000 cash Sunday at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, Hastings said.

His bail was reduced Monday to $1,000 cash and a Maine pretrial service agreement, or a $25,000 piece of real estate and a pretrial agreement, a corrections officer said.

Ridley was still at the jail late Monday afternoon.

Livermore Fire Department, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department and Jay Police Department all responded to the scene late Saturday.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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