Northville firefighters charged with setting fires
Updated 1:07 pm, Thursday, April 12, 2012
Two members of Northville Volunteer Fire Department are facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly setting garbage cans on fire in Kent.
Stephen Raymond, 21, of New Preston and his cousin, Christopher Munson, 21, of New Milford were arraigned Monday in Bantam Superior Court on charges stemming from two incidents on Camps Flat Road in 2011.
The men were investigated by State Police Troop L for several acts of criminal mischief between July 2010 and August 2011, including mailbox smashing and intentionally setting fires, according to court documents.
Stark Weiner, Northville's fire chief, said, "Stephen Raymond has resigned (from the department). Christopher Munson is on suspension, pending his resignation or the outcome of the legal proceeding."
Mr. Munson told investigators "Stephen and I were... bored" and so, drove around. On two documented occasions, finding trash cans by the side of the road, they pulled a can into the middle of the road and set the contents on fire, court documents state.
On both occasions, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department responded. The second time, the two cousins watched the firefighters response, court documents state.
Troop L began the investigation after being contacted by Stark Weiner, chief of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department. He said he had heard the cousins were "bragging" at the firehouse about their actions, documents state.
Mr. Raymond was released on $2,000 cash bond for a court date of May 2.
Mr. Munson was released on a $1,500 cash bond for a court date of May 3.
No pleas had been entered by Tuesday.