Federalsburg man charged in Gra­sonville church fire

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GRA­SONVILLE — A Federalsburg man was ar­rested Thurs­day, Aug. 18, and charged with set­ting an Oc­to­ber 2015 fire in­side a Gra­sonville church.

Ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal, its in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that Eric Tre­main Dor­man, Jr., 24, of 101 Smith St., Federalsburg, was al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for a small fire on Oct. 19 at Bryan’s United Methodist Church in Gra­sonville.

Dor­man was ar­rested Thurs­day with the help of the Federalsburg Po­lice Depart­ment af­ter a 10-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A small fire was re­ported Oct. 19 in the sanc­tu­ary of the church, lo­cated at 5608 Main St., where items such as a Bi­ble were set on fire caus­ing $20 of struc­tural dam­age and $30 of con­tent dam­age. No one was in­jured and the fire burned it­self out.

Dor­man is be­ing held in the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on $250,000 bond and has been charged with at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree ar­son, sec­ond­de­gree bur­glary, sec­ond­de­gree ma­li­cious burn­ing, fourth-de­gree bur­glary and de­fac­ing reli­gious prop­erty, the fire mar­shal’s of­fice said.

An­other church ar­son had been re­ported ear­lier Oct. 19 in the sanc­tu­ary of the Cho­sen Gen­er­a­tion De­liv­er­ance Church, 501 Gra­sonville Ceme­ter y Road.

The state fire mar­shal’s of­fice at the time be­lieved both at­tempted ar­sons were linked. Matthew Stevens, deputy chief fire mar­shal, said the of­fice is still wait­ing for ev­i­dence to re­turn from the lab­o­ra­tory to de­ter­mine if both fires were set by the same per­son.

Dor­man has a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing set for Thurs­day, Sept. 15, in Queen Anne’s County.

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE PHOTO

This Bi­ble at Bryan’s United Methodist Church in Gra­sonville was dam­aged on Oct. 19 in a small fire that au­thor­i­ties have charged and ar­rested a Caro­line County man with set­ting.

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