September 30, 2013

Vermont firefighter found competent in arson case

Elmer James, a Vermont volunteer firefighter, is accused of setting fire to the Albany Fire Department.

The Associated Press

NEWPORT, Vt. — A volunteer firefighter in the Vermont town of Albany has been found competent to stand trial to a charge that he set fire to the local fire department.

Police say 45-year-old Elmer James Joerg of Holland was arrested on a charge of first-degree arson. He pleaded not guilty in August.

Authorities say Joerg, who is a member of the Albany Fire Department, is accused of setting fire to a fire truck that quickly spread to the fire department building.

Vermont Public Radio reports he is being held at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury for lack of $250,000 bail.

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