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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cops: Man Set Fire to His Own House

A Port Allegany man is in jail for allegedly setting fire to his own house.

24-year-old Perry Benjamin Green was arrested Friday for starting the fire at the Railroad Avenue house he rents.

Police say they were called to Shooters Bar for a report of an unruly patron and learned that Green was fighting with his father, according to papers filed in District Judge Bill Todd’s office. Police took Perry home. He was still unruly, and punched and kicked his own vehicle. Police say he was irate as he was walking toward the house. Green had also asked Officer Kyle Day to go back to the bar and pick up his personal items.

At 11:44 Day left the house to go back to the bar. At 11:51 p.m. Day got a call saying there was a fire at 19 Railroad Avenue, and told the 9-1-1 Center he had just dropped Green off at that house. The 9-1-1 Center told him Green is the person who reported the fire.

Back at the house, Day arrested Green. At the police station Green gave Day two different statements. One was that he spilled gasoline and his cigarette started the fire. The second was that he kicked over a 5-gallon plastic gas can, and then threw a Bic light that broke and started the fire.

Green is charged with risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief. He’s jailed on $50,000 bail.

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