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Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose


A fire at a construction site back in August 2010 has been ruled arson by the police fire marshal, with charges filed against a Binghamton, NY, resident. According to court documents, a house under construction on Mucky Run Road in Liberty Township suffered approximately $10,000 in damages when it burned in the early morning hours of Aug. 9. Snake Creek Fire Department Chief Bill Darrell reported to police that the fire was suspicious, and further investigation led to the arson ruling, given that no utilities were connected to the site, and it appeared the fire began on tar paper that was rolled out and spread with an accelerant and set on fire. Reports indicate that Charles Easton, 55, had admitted to NY State Police that he had set the fire, hoping to gain employment. Easton had recently been laid off by the construction company that was building the house. A warrant has been issued for Easton’s arrest.

Kyle Thomas, 28, Montrose, has been charged with multiple offenses stemming from an incident that occurred on Nov. 17 in Montrose Borough, according to court documents. Reports allege that Thomas was reported to have threatened Erica Srednicki at their apartment when the two argued after they returned home from a local bar. Srednicki allegedly left the apartment after Thomas threatened to shoot her and/or stab her in her sleep, and returned in the morning and asked Thomas to leave, which reports say he refused to do. She further alleged that he stated that by calling the cops she had signed her death warrant. Thomas had a preliminary hearing on Nov. 21 to answer charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. He was released on bail, with further condition that he have no contact with Srednicki, and his formal arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Ryan Grover, 30, was charged with escaping from jail after he failed to return by the proper time when out on work release from the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility on Nov. 17. Grover had a preliminary hearing on Nov. 21, and his formal arraignment on this charge is slated for Dec. 6. Grover is in jail currently on previously existing felony offenses of theft and criminal trespass, as well as a previous felony escape.

A Mansfield resident faces DUI and other charges in Susquehanna County, stemming from a traffic stop on Oct. 22 in Bridgewater Township. Lonny Hurst, 31, is alleged to have been driving carelessly when he was stopped by county detectives on Route 29 near the township building, making an unsafe turn without signaling and skidding tires on the pavement. Reports indicate that Hurst failed the field sobriety tests and was subsequently transported to EMHS for blood testing, which resulted in a BAC of .213 according to the lab. After the tests, Hurst was released to the custody of a passenger in his vehicle who had previously consented to a portable breathalyzer and tested .000. Hurst’s charges include DUI, driving on a suspended license, stemming from a previous DUI in June 2011, careless driving and failure to signal.




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