Gra­sonville man charged with ar­son

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STEVENSVILLE — The Mary­land Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal con­cluded its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a Stevensville ve­hi­cle fire on Thurs­day, Oct. 20, re­sult­ing in the ar­rest of a Gra­sonville man.

Michael Hart, 49, of Gra­sonville, was ar­rested and charged with sec­ond-de­gree ar­son, first-de­gree ma­li­cious burn­ing and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty over $500.

Deputy State Fire Mar­shals ar­rested Hart at Duty’s Auto Body, 207 Love Point Road in Stevensville, with­out in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the fire mar­shal’s re­port.

Hart, a man­ager at the auto body shop, is charged with de­lib­er­ately caus­ing a fire in a 2012 Ford Fi­esta, owned by Calvin Farace of An­napo­lis, on July 16, the re­port stated. The fire caused about $8,000 in dam­age to the Ford Fi­esta, the re­port said, but did not re­quire fire depart­ment re­sponse. The fire was con­trolled in one minute with no in­juries.

The fire also caused as­so­ci­ated fire and heat dam­ages to a 1998 Mit­subishi Eclipse pas­sen­ger car parked next to the Ford, the re­port said.

The fire was first dis­cov­ered by an em­ployee of Duty’s Auto Body, now called Cal­iber Col­li­sion, at about 12:30 p.m., the fire mar­shal said.

If con­victed of all the charges, Hart faces a max­i­mum penalty of 28 years in pri­son and/or $37,500 in fines.

Bail was set at $25,000. He was re­leased on $2,500 bond.

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