Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

On Saturday, July 08,  State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.

Althiser was arrested and charged with one count of Arson the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, as well as Arson in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.  Althiser was arraigned in the Town of Hartwick Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Otsego County Fire Investigators.

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