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NEWS
May 21, 2012
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office was investigating a Saturday morning fire that was intentionally set to the rear of a house on the 5000 block of Mount Briar Road. The notice of investigation said that an arson threat had been made against the property. The fire was discovered by a resident of the house at 6:30 a.m. Personal property and dresser drawers were set on fire in the backyard, the notice said. Damage was estimated at $250, the notice said. The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Boonsboro Police Department assisted in the investigation, the notice said.
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NEWS
August 13, 2013
A man charged with the July 14 arson of a Martinsburg-area residence is accused of setting a bed on fire with a lighter after breaking into the home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Aaron L. Curry, 22, of Roberts Drive in Martinsburg was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond Tuesday after being arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one count of first-degree arson, according to jail and court records. Bedington Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 311 Trimble Ave., at 2:33 a.m., according to court records.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
An intentionally set fire caused $50,000 in damages to a vacant, two-story house Wednesday at 16612 National Pike near Hagerstown, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire was set in the attic of the home at about 5:30 p.m., according to a fire marshal's office news release. It took 55 firefighters from Maugansville, Hagerstown, Williamsport, Halfway, Longmeadow, Clear Spring, Washington County Special Operations and Greencastle, Pa., about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, the fire marshal's office said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 25, 2012
A man charged with attempted murder and arson in connection with a fire at his house was acquitted of all counts this week in Washington County Circuit Court. Karl McNutt, 47, of 817 Virginia Ave., had been charged with attempted second-degree murder, but the jury in Monday's trial did not get to consider that count, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said Thursday. The charge was dismissed by Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. on a motion by the state, he said. Long also granted defense motions for judgment of acquittal on first-degree assault and second-degree malicious burning charges, court records said.
NEWS
January 2, 2009
SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- Authorities are considering a house fire in a rural part of Franklin County on Tuesday to be arson. Pennsylvania State Police said they are looking for whomever set a vacant house on fire in the 12000 block of Loop Road. A house built in November for the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television show is nearby. A state police fire marshal said this week that the vacant house had no electric service. The fire started about 10 p.m. Anyone with information about the fire may call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-249-2121.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 3, 2012
Investigators believe arson was the cause of a Thursday afternoon fire that gutted a vacant house near Hancock, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal. The 1:52 p.m. fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the two-story home at 13501 Locher Road, southwest of Hancock, a news release from the fire marshal's office said. Investigators ruled out accidental causes because the house was vacant, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said Friday. “We know the rail trail is commonly used during the day, so we're looking for anybody with information that saw anybody in the house, saw anybody around the house,” Ernst said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2011
The bail for a Hagerstown man accused of trying to set fire to a home in Big Pool by setting a gas can in front of an open oven remained at $125,000 Monday after a bond review hearing before Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas. Temal David Stevenson, 30, of 122 Manor Drive, Apt. 102, is charged by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal with first- and second-degree attempted arson in the May 2 incident at 11212 Gehr Road, according to the application for statement of charges.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
An 18-year-old Clear Spring woman pleaded not criminally responsible Thursday to charges she set fire to a historic Williamsport building in August 2006. Read the full story in Friday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
August 25, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was arrested early Sunday at his home following a fire Saturday night at a house at 109 Centre St., which was ruled arson, according to the Martinsburg Police Department. Allen Keith Starcher, 45, of 117 N. Centre St., was charged with first-degree arson at about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a Martinsburg Police Department news release. Martinsburg Fire Department members arrived at the two-story rental house off East Burke Street about 9:50 p.m. for a fire on the front porch, said Greg Hoover, Martinsburg's chief fire investigator.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
A man has been charged with setting a fire that gutted a house Friday night at 6601 Remsburg Road near Antietam National Battlefield, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Tuesday. Max Eugene Godlove, 50, was charged with one count each of first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, reckless endangerment and threat of arson, according to a fire marshal's office news release. If convicted on all counts, Godlove faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and $70,000 in fines.
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