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December 31, 2012

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A special prosecutor appointed to try Fletcher is expected to begin hearing the case in February.

Oneonta fires attributed

to arson

A string of unusual fires struck Oneonta over a three-day period in April, ranging from trash bins set alight in alleys to the destruction of a home and garage. Within days of the first fire, an arrest had been made, charging 22-year-old Gable Bugel of Oneonta with the crimes.

Bugel, who was on probation for a fire set on Halloween night in 2007, admitted to setting one of the fires, near Community Bank. He faces a charge of third-degree attempted arson, a felony. But police were quiet about whether all seven fires were linked to Bugel, as well as what might have motivated the young man’s actions.

“I don’t know what his mind-set was or reasoning,” Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor said after questioning the suspect. “He did not express any remorse at all.”

On Bugel’s Facebook page the afternoon after the first fires was the posting “Exciting night … full of thrills.”

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