New Bethlehem Man Charged In Clarion Arson

May 20, 2013

A New Bethlehem man has been charged with arson and other counts in connection with a fire that destroyed a $30,000 home on River Hill in Clarion in May, 2012.

Reports show that 24 year-old James McCauley already faces charges in connection with an arson fire that destroyed a barn on Route 66 in Paint Township in Clarion County in April of last year, and along with two other men, other charges connected to a May, 2012 arson fire that damaged a vacant home in Redbank Township in Armstrong County.

The newest charges against McCauley also include burglary and criminal mischief.  State Police from the Clarion station filed the charges following interviews with acquaintances of McCauley, who stated they were all together at a neighboring residence on the night of the River Hill fire.  One witness reportedly told investigators that McCauley was briefly trapped inside the basement of the burning home, and broke a window to escape.

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