July 10, 2013

Grand jury indicts alleged Lewiston arsonists

Bryan Wood and Brian Morin will each face three counts of arson.

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

LEWISTON — The two men accused of setting fires that destroyed two apartment buildings and damaged a third building in downtown Lewiston earlier this year were indicted Wednesday on arson charges by an Androscoggin County grand jury.

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Brian Morin looks toward co-defendant Bryan Wood, (not pictured) as the two Lewiston men were arraigned Monday, May 13, 2013, in Lewiston District Court on three charges each of arson.

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Bryan Wood and his attorney Steven Carey listen to Assistant District Attorney Neil McLean during Wood's arraignment May 13 in Lewiston District Court on three counts of arson.

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Brian A. Morin, 30, of 35 Jefferson St., and Bryan Wood, 23, of 131 Bartlett St., were each indicted by a grand jury on three counts of arson.

The men, who knew each other, were arrested May 10. They are being held at the Androscoggin County Jail.

The fires that were allegedly started by Morin and Wood destroyed two vacant buildings on Bartlett Street and damaged a third apartment building on Horton Street. They were the third major fire to rip through the city’s downtown since April 29.

A pair of 12-year-old boys were charged separately with arson in the earlier apartment fires. In all, about 200 people were displaced by the three fires.

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