Lester J. Mumley Jr.

Lester J. Mumley Jr.

MORRISONVILLE — A Morrisonville man was charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a porch.

Lester J. Mumley Jr., 36, was charged Tuesday with second-degree arson, a felony.

On May 16, 2014, Mumley used a 5-gallon can of gasoline to set fire to a porch attached to a residence at 10 Pitcher Way in Morrisonville, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

One of the residents, Anna M. Garcia, 45, was asleep inside the home when Mumley set the fire, Fleishman said.

No one was injured, she said, and the damage to the home was minor.

Garcia's son, Damion M. Cox, 18, who also lives at 10 Pitcher Way, returned home to find the porch on fire and ran inside and used buckets of water to extinguish the flames.

Mumley, who was Garcia and Cox's neighbor, set the fire over a disagreement that ensued after they loaned him an air conditioner, which was damaged when he returned it to them, Fleishman said.

Mumley was arraigned in Schuyler Falls Town Court and was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

He remained in jail today and is due back in court tonight, according to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

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Felicia Krieg was raised in Plattsburgh and graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2011 with a degree in English literature and print journalism. She started as a Press-Republican staff writer in 2012.

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