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Two charged in McConnellsburg-area mobile home fire

April 06, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Two McConnellsburg residents were charged Monday with arson and related offenses in connection with a Jan. 17 mobile home fire set while two people were inside sleeping, said Trooper Matthew Gordon, an investigator with Pennsylvania State Police.

The residents, Raymond Jeffrey Warner, 23, and Nicole Keefer, 23, heard the fire crackling in the adjacent bedroom at 819 Promise Land Road north of McConnellsburg and escaped through the main door, Gordon said. They were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Roy Scott Wertman, 23, and Cindy S. Naugle, 51, both of McConnellsburg, were charged with arson and related offenses in the fire that happened around 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 17, police said.

Wertman also was charged with burglary, arson and related offenses, and recklessly endangering another person, police said.

Wertman was being held on $50,000 bond in the Franklin County Jail Tuesday night and Naugle was being held there without bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

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Gordon said Naugle already was in the jail on unrelated charges.

The fire was started when a window to an unoccupied bedroom was opened and gasoline was dumped inside and lighted, according to a state police news release.

The residents woke up, opened the door to the adjacent bedroom and saw the fire, closed the door and ran out the main door of the mobile home, Gordon said.

The mobile home, purchased for $2,000, was destroyed, Gordon said.

Warner was dating Naugle's daughter, Susan Naugle, when he worked out an agreement with Cindy Naugle to buy the mobile home, Gordon said. After Susan Naugle was sent to jail, Warner had his new girlfriend, Keefer, move into the mobile home, Gordon said.

Wertman is an ex-boyfriend of Susan Naugle, Gordon said. Wertman wanted to get back into Susan Naugle's life, and thought this would be a good way to do it, Gordon alleged.

Both Susan Naugle and Keefer were being held at the Franklin County Jail on Tuesday, serving sentences for crimes unrelated to the mobile home fire, according to the records department.

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