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Former Domino's manager sentened for setting fire

September 02, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman convicted of setting a fire at the Domino's Pizza where she worked was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to four to 23 months in jail.

Charlotte Ann Gaugher, 29, of 50 Five Forks Lane will be eligible to be placed on an electronic monitor and released from jail after two months if she conducts herself well at the county prison, Assistant District Attorney Bret Palmer said.

Gaugher pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony arson charge on July 22, according to court records. At one point during the sentencing hearing Wednesday before Judge John R. Walker, Gaugher became physically ill and had to leave the courtroom for a few minutes, Palmer said.

Washington Township police charged Gaugher with the July 30, 2003, fire at the Domino's Pizza at 1675 E. Main St., Waynesboro. That night the Waynesboro Fire Department went to the restaurant after receiving a report of a smell of smoke in the building, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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The building was evacuated but Gaugher, who was the manager, said she still smelled smoke and went back inside where several stacks of pizza boxes were found burning, the affidavit stated. Damage was estimated at about $1,500.

Gaugher later told police she lit the boxes on fire because of differences she had with her supervisor, according to the affidavit.

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