January 18, 2022

Court returns Fairfield bar owner to jail

PITTSFIELD — Roland Michael Bergeron has been returned to jail in Kennebec County following a hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court on Thursday. Bergeron’s bail was revoked from an earlier conviction, when he was charged with violating the conditions of his bail.

Bergeron, owner of the Arnold Motel and Black Stallion Bottle Club in Fairfield, was free on bail pending an appeal on a conviction in Waldo County Superior Court for tampering with a victim.

The Waldo County Jury concurred with the charges that Bergeron hid Gail Stewart, a woman he was romantically involved with, for seven months to prevent her from testifying against him on a 1987 assault. Bergeron had been charged with assaulting a female employee at a Pittsfield restaurant he owned at the time.

In the most recent charges, Pittsfield Police Officer Ron Richards arrested Bergeron on May 12 on a charge of criminal threatening at Splash Dance, a local bar. Bergeron was released on bail of $100 until police learned of the conditions of his bail. He was subsequently arrested by Officer Pierre Boucher on a charge of violating a condition of his bail. He has been held in Somerset County Jail.

On Thursday, Bergeron’s bail from the Waldo County conviction was revoked and the charge was changed to terrorizing. He will remain incarcerated until his Waldo County appeal is heard. From that conviciton, he received a sentence of six years and a $5,000 fine for the tampering charge and a 90-day jail term for the assault. He also faces charges of illegal sale of liquor at his Fairfield bottle club. That faciiity replaced the Ruby Lounge, a bar that was the site of two major drug raids in 1988. The property reportedly is for sale.

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