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Woman charged with setting hubby's car on fire

August 14, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 51-year-old Berkeley County, W.Va., woman has been charged with setting her husband's car on fire after reading an e-mail that "implied" he was having an affair, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Constance Laverne Lee, of 38 Aster Court, was arraigned over the weekend on one count of third-degree arson by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $5,000 bond.

In his complaint, West Virginia State Police Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh said he responded to the couple's home about 6:30 p.m. Saturday after emergency dispatchers were told by the husband that his wife "had set fire to their vehicle parked in front of their residence."

Eshbaugh said he saw the vehicle, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, on fire when he arrived and noted it was destroyed, according to court records.

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Eshbaugh said the accused admitted to setting the fire after reading the email, according to his complaint. Eshbaugh said the husband told him that the vehicle was estimated to be worth about $5,000, according to court records.

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