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November 11, 2013

Oneonta man arrested in brush fire case

An Oneonta man accused of setting a brush fire has been charged with endangerment, city police said.

Kevin Howard, 43, was charged Wednesday with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and released on a ticket to appear in court at a later date, police said. 

The fire was in the vicinity of Fairview and Cliff streets over the embankment, Sgt. Christopher Witzenburg said Sunday. The blaze spread about 150 feet causing damage to underbrush, Witzenburg said, and a witness reported seeing a suspect within a ring of fire.

Oneonta firefighters put out the blaze. 

A caller had reported the fire to the police department at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, police said, and officers Tara Gregory and Scott Sheldon quickly located the witness who was able to identify a potential suspect and indicate his direction of travel. 

Detective Joseph Tiemann and Witzenburg also assisted in identifying and arresting Howard, according to a Facebook account. No personal or property damages were reported.

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