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Motions hearing delayed for woman accused of setting fire

December 20, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A motions hearing in Washington County Circuit Court was called off Tuesday for an 18-year-old Clear Spring woman charged with setting fire to a historic Williamsport building in August.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap said Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden, the attorney for Lauren A. France, withdrew her motion to suppress evidence Tuesday.

France, of 11823 Orebank Road, will go to trial Jan. 4 on charges of second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and related charges in the Aug. 30 fire at 6 Springfield Lane, the former home of Williamsport's town founder.

The blaze caused an estimated $150,000 in damages, state fire marshals have said.

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