Grand jury indicts Ouellette in Pelletier Avenue incident
CARIBOU, Maine — The Aroostook County grand jury indicted Bruce Ouellette, Thursday, Feb. 9, on multiple charges related to an Oct. 31 incident that took place in Frenchville.
Ouellette, 45, was indicted on charges of aggravated criminal mischief, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and obstructing government administration when he allegedly assaulted a passerby, Brian Rossignol of Madawaska, who had stopped to question Ouellette as to why he was digging up a portion of Pelletier Avenue.
The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department alleges Ouellette assaulted Rossignol with a “steel pin” during the altercation. Sheriff’s deputies and a Maine Game Warden responded to the October incident, which took place in front of the home of Frenchville selectman John Ezzy.
The Ouellette family has been at odds with the town since last summer, regarding ownership of a portion of Pelletier Avenue that abuts some of the Ouellettes’ property.
Ouellette and his mother Marie Ouellette contend that the road is on their land and that the town does not have a deeded right-of-way.
On Oct. 25, Maine Superior Court Justice Harold Stewart II denied a motion by the Ouellettes seeking an injunction to halt a road paving project and asking the court to rule on ownership of the road.
At their annual town meeting in March, Frenchville voters had approved a road project that included ditching and paving on Pelletier Avenue, Starbarn Road and Church Avenue. However, in May, former selectman Percy Thibeault cited Ezzy’s alleged conflict of interest as a reason to halt the project on Pelletier Avenue.
The town of Frenchville made basic repairs to the road following the incident in October, but postponed further work until better spring weather and a final ruling on the issues of property ownership.