Man accused of setting fire to his apartment
GREENVILLE – A Greenville man has been charged with arson and other offenses for setting a fire at about midnight Sunday in his apartment at 53 S. Mercer St., Greenville, Greenville-West Salem Township police said.
Nathaniel D. Leonard, 25, has been charged with two counts of arson, four counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Leonard started the fire by stuffing blankets in his oven and putting them on the stove top, said police, who arrested him at 12:26 a.m. Monday.
Leonard was arraigned by District Judge Brian Arthur, Greenville, and sent to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. June 3.
One of three suspected in outlet thefts arrested
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – An Erie man charged with stealing items from 11 stores at Grove City Premium Outlets in Springfield Township has been arrested, while police continue to search for two others.
Merle A. Page, 23, is in Mercer County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property, felony retail theft, organized retail theft, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit retail theft.
He faces a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. June 2 before District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Queonia Q. Robinson, 19, and Lashana L. Henderson, 22, both of Erie.
Henderson was driving a car stopped for speeding March 18 on Interstate 79 in Crawford County and police smelled pot, they said.
Page, Henderson and Robinson gave differing accounts of who they were, where they were coming from and what was in numerous shopping bags that could be seen in the car, police said.
Obtaining their consent to search the vehicle, police recovered clothing and merchandise with the tags still on them from 11 stores at the outlet mall, but no receipts for the items, which were valued at about $6,300, police said.
Police said they also found cutting pliers, an envelope of marijuana and a pot-filled cigar.