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Steuben County man charged with arson

Also charged with reckless endangerment

CANISTEO, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The following is a news release.

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on October 12, 2018, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Village of Canisteo Police Department officers arrested Steven N. Drake, age 22, of Union Street, Canisteo, New York.  It is alleged that Mr. Drake intentionally damaged a building by starting a fire and engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person. 

The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Steuben County Fire Investigation Team, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Canisteo Police Department of a reported house fire at 7 Union Street, Canisteo, New York.  The fire was found to be incendiary and intentional in nature.  Mr. Drake was charged with Arson in the Third Degree, a class C Felony and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D Felony.  Mr. Drake was arraigned in the Canisteo Village Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. 

           Sheriff Allard thanks the members of the Canisteo and South Hornell Volunteer Fire Departments for their quick response to this fire and the Village of Canisteo Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.


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