WILTON — A local man has been charged in connection with damaging an ice shack on Wilson Pond last week, Maine Warden Kris MacCabe said Thursday.

The man was issued a summons on a charge of driving to endanger, MacCabe said, but he declined to identify him because of the continuing investigation.

The man is scheduled to appear in March at a Franklin County court in Farmington.

The ice shack of Marc Willett of Chesterville was damaged late Feb. 8 or early Feb. 9, MacCabe said. 

Evidence suggested a vehicle knocked it off its blocks, sending it about 25 feet across the ice. The structure was damaged, and and a microwave, a lantern and a heater inside were broken, Willett said Monday. Tire tracks indicated that the vehicle came onto the ice from the back side of the pond, and the driver hit the brakes and spun the vehicle around.

MacCabe described the incident as joy-riding. 

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Newspaper reports apparently led to people providing information, he said. 

“Kudos to the people for coming forward, otherwise it would have been difficult to locate the subject,” MacCabe said, and find out how it happened.

“I’m very grateful for all of the public support, and for everyone who came forward, and was willing to provide information,” Willett said Thursday “I never would have found out who did this if it wasn’t for that. We went through a great deal of work to track this down. I wish the person who did this would have just come forward versus making us track him down.”

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Marc Willett of Chesterville said he and others patched up his ice shack on Wilson Pond in Wilton, after it was knocked off its blocks and slid about 25 feet Thursday night or Friday morning. The Maine Warden Service is investigating. (Submitted photo)

An ice shack on Wilson Pond in Wilton was heavily damaged when it was struck by a vehicle Thursday night or Friday morning, owner Marc Willett of Chesterville said Monday. Items, including a heater, a lantern and a microwave, were broken, he said. The Maine Warden Service is investigating. (Submitted Photo)


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