Three arrested in arson of Gamber area house

February 20, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Three men accused of setting fire to the Gamber area home of Russell and Carolyn Brown because of an argument between two sisters at a funeral in Martinsburg, W.Va., were arrested Thursday by a deputy state fire marshal.

Walter G. Mitchell, 38, of the first block of Chase St., Westminster, remained at the Carroll County Detention Center on Friday night in lieu of $75,000 bond, according to District Court documents. Dennis M. Sorrentino, 20, of the 800 block Old Washington Road, was being held on $50,000 bond.

Ronald Flannery, 20, of Gettysburg, Pa., was released on bond Friday, a spokeswoman for the detention center said.

All three men were arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property. They were taken into custody by Frank M. Rauschenberg, deputy state fire marshal.

Mr. Mitchell is the boyfriend of Dianna Patton, sister of Carolyn Brown, said Bob Thomas, chief deputy state fire marshal. Ms. Patton and Ms. Brown allegedly became involved in a heated argument at the funeral in Martinsburg.

The fire was set by Mr. Mitchell about 1 a.m. Feb. 6 while no one was at home, according to court papers. Mr. Sorrentino allegedly drove Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Flannery to the house.

The fire was started at the front window of the house and spread to the upper level, Mr. Rauschenberg said.

The blaze caused $60,000 damage to the house.

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