Man charged with ar­son

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — A Cen­tre­ville man was ar­rested Tues­day, Feb. 7, in con­nec­tion with a Mon­day morn­ing fire here.

John Henry Gant III, 32, of Cen­tre­ville, was charged with ar­son in a one-alarm, blaze that dam­aged the two-story, sin­gle fam­ily res­i­dence at 204 Til­gh­man Ave, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined fires were set in the base­ment, an in­side room and out­side the home, said Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Matt Stevens.

“We set up a meet­ing to talk to him and then through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we de­vel­oped enough prob­a­ble cause to do an on-view ar­rest,” Stevens said. Stevens said Gant was co­op­er­a­tive dur­ing the process.

The 7 a.m. blaze caused more than $15,000 in dam­ages, the re­port stated, and took the Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany 20 min­utes to con­trol.

Gant was ar­rested in Eas­ton. The fire mar­shal’s of­fice al­leged Gant set the fires be­cause of an ar­gu­ment he had with his girl­friend who had pre­vi­ously resided at the res­i­dence with him. The home was owned by the girl­friend’s fa­ther, Stevens said.

The home was not oc­cu­pied at the time of the fire, which was re­ported by a neigh­bor, the re­port said.

Gant was charged with first-de­gree ar­son, two counts of first-de­gree ma­li­cious burn­ing, sec­ond-de­gree ma­li­cious burn­ing and ar­son threat.

Gant is be­ing held in the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond. He could face a max­i­mum penalty of more than 51 years in pri­son and up to $70,500 in fines if found guilty of all charges, the re­port stated.


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