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11 July 2017
Update: Man arrested for March 2017 Miford church fire


        Troop C - Sidney 

          Major James E. Barnes
      Troop Commander

On Saturday July 08, 2017 New York State Police arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, for intentionally starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12, 2017 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church located on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford. 

Althiser was arrested for one count of Arson the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, as well as Arson in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.  He was arraigned in the Town of Hartwick Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail. 

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Otsego County Fire Investigators. 


Gerald E. Althiser Jr.

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