ELLSWORTH – A Bucksport woman who went missing for a week after her home was badly damaged by fire on Nov. 11 and was arrested Tuesday and charged with setting the fire made her initial court appearance Wednesday.
Aza Jerome, 56, was charged with arson after she was released from Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center late Tuesday night. She was taken to the Hancock County Jail.
A judge set her bail at $1,000 during an appearance Wednesday at Hancock County Court and ordered as a special condition that she refrain from possessing any accelerants or incendiary devices
Jerome was located Tuesday at the Craig’s Brook federal fish hatchery in Orland after police and game wardens had been looking for her since the fire on Veteran’s Day. She was taken to the Bangor hospital for evaluation before she was taken to jail.
It is unclear where she had been staying in her week-long absence but authorities believe she likely sought shelter in some buildings in the area.
The fish hatchery is 12 miles from her home on Town Farm Road in Bucksport.
Fire investigators said the fire caused $50,000 in damage to the house. They said the fire was set inside the home and a second fire was set in a shed on the property.
Jerome is expected to appear in court next on Jan. 16, 2020.