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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tenant at Mississquoi Lanes bowling alley being held without bail

LOWELL — Police say a Lowell man who lived in the one-bedroom apartment inside the Mississquoi Lanes bowling alley that was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, is being held without bail.

Travis Hesler, 36, is facing charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful mischief, and unlawful trespass, all felony charges.

Police say on Wednesday at around 2:20 a.m. they learned of a domestic assault that took place in Lowell.

When police arrived the victim had already been taken to the hospital to have her injuries checked at the emergency room. 

Hesler was not able to be located at the time, but police say they were tipped off that he was at a residence in Eden, where he was trying to force his way inside.

Police allege in doing so he smashed windows to the residence and damaged a couple of doors and door casings. Police also say Hesler then damaged a couple of vehicles that were parked in the driveway.

He was finally located and arrested by a Lamoille County Deputy Sheriff.

Authorities say the investigation into the fire at Mississquoi Lanes later that morning was completed and the cause is currently classified as “undetermined,” and remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported during the fire, but according to a statement issued by Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse with the Fire Investigation Unit, “at the time of the fire, the lone occupant and a family pet were able to escape without injury.”

That occupant was identified as Hesler, who was arrested for the unrelated charges.

He was transported to the Derby Barracks where he was booked and processed for the charges that took place in Lowell. 

He was brought to Orleans County Court for arraignment, where Judge Robert Bent ordered him held without bail until further court hearings. 

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