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May 14, 2013

Wilmington man charged with arson

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to property on the lawn of a residence in May of last year.

It is the third felony charge for Jacob E. Dahl, 24, in nine months.

The incident was reported to State Police at 4:26 a.m. May 20, 2012.

Dahl had allegedly set fire to clothing, children’s toys and books that were on the front lawn of a State Route 86 home, said State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Timothy Woodruff.

Dahl had met the owner of the Wilmington residence the night of the alleged arson, he said.

No one was injured.

Dahl was charged with fifth-degree arson, a felony.

BURGLARY CHARGE

He was arrested May 3 while incarcerated in Essex County Jail for his involvement in a burglary not connected to the arson, Woodruff said.

Dahl and Cody J. Bryant, 18, of Wilmington broke into a residence on Main Street in AuSable Forks, Town of Jay, and assaulted a 19-year-old with a baseball bat, State Police said.

Dahl was charged with first-degree burglary, a felony.

Wilmington Town Justice Timothy Kertz set his bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond for the burglary charge.

For the arson charge, Dahl was arraigned in Wilmington Town Court and returned to Essex County Jail. His bail for the arson charge is $5,000 cash or $10,000.

FELONY MARIJUANA CHARGES

Back in September 2012, Bryant and Dahl were both arrested on felony marijuana possession charges.

Ray Brook-based State Police said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol found more than eight ounces of marijuana in their vehicle at about 10:45 p.m. while they were conducting a road check on State Route 30 in the Town of Brighton.

Dahl was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony.

Bryant, who incurred one count of that charge, posted $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and was released, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, Dahl remained in Essex County Jail, though he had a court appearance scheduled.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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