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Arrest made in connection to Cornelia Street fire

PLATTSBURGH A 45-year-old Plattsburgh man has been arrested in connection with a fire which devastated a downtown apartment building. Timothy R. Lyons, 4 Cornelia St., was arrested Feb. 8 for first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, following an investigation to a Jan. 27 fire at the apartment building in which he was residing at 4 Cornelia St. According to a Plattsburgh Police Department report, the defendant, after accidentally causing an uncontrollable grease fire in his downstairs apartment, disregarded human life when he failed to alert upstairs tenants to the fire or summon help from the fire department. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, though an occupant of one of the building's six apartments was transported to CVPH Medical Center for precautionary measures. The fire resulted in extensive damage, according to the buildings owner, Robert G. Dunlop, Chazy. Additional arrests in other incidents were also reported by the Plattsburgh Police Department for the month of February. Anthony L. Eagan, 33, Bronx, was arrested Feb. 1 for second-degree burglary, a class C felony, following an investigation into a complaint of burglary at 11 Lafayette St. in November 2007. It was alleged a television and CDs were stolen. Michael J. Sorrell, 25, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 5 for failure to register and/or notify as a sex offender, a class class E felony. He was found to have moved from his registered address without making notification. Shawn R. Ryan, 36, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 6 for third-degree trademark counterfeiting, a class A misdemeanor, following an investigation into a complaint filed by the Gibson Guitar Company of Nashville, Tenn. The complaint stated fake Gibson guitars were sold at the Speed of Sound guitar shop on Clinton Street in Plattsburgh. Detectives located three fake Gibson guitars in the store and discovered others had already been sold. The case is still under investigation. Michael A. Lilledahl, 38, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 6 on a Clinton County Court indictment, charging first-degree criminal sex act, a class B felony; sexual abuse, a class D felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. The charges stemmed from an investigation regarding Mr. Lilledahls alleged forced sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl. Michael C. Husband, 22, Beekmantown, was arrested Feb. 6 for third-degree forgery, a class A misdemeanor; bigamy, a class E felony; offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony; and unlawfully issuing a dissolution decree, a class B misdemeanor, following a complaint filed by the Clinton County District Attorneys Office, reporting a forged divorce document. After an investigation into the matter, it is alleged the defendant forged a divorce document and then unlawfully re-married. Mark W. Gantt, 44, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 7 on a Clinton County Court indictment charging first-degree rape, a class B felony; two counts of second-degree burglary, a class C felony, first-degree coercion, a class D felony; third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and 15 counts of first-degree criminal contempt, a class E felony. It is alleged the defendant had sexual intercourse with his estranged wife by forcible compulsion and that over the course of several months while his estranged wife was hiding in a safe house, the defendant broke into her residence on two occasions and damaged and stole property. Further, the defendant reportedly violated a valid order of protection repeatedly. Kenton Theobalds, 43, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 9 for first-degree rape, a class B felony, following a complaint from the victim the defendant had sexual intercourse with her by forcible compulsion in a Sharron Avenue apartment Feb. 9. Hilarie Ledwith, 27, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 11 for three counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. The arrest was the result of a complaint by her employer, Kinney Drugs, reporting an employee was stealing controlled substances from the pharmacy. Ron A. Bushey, 24, Plattsburgh, was arrested Feb. 11 for second-degree assault, a class D felony; criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. The arrest followed a complaint from CVPH Medical Center reporting a patient being treated for an assault. After an investigation into the matter, it is alleged the defendant violently beat the 26-year-old male victim in an apartment at 2 Cornelia St. and then threw the victim down the stairs. The victim was found by friends and transported to CVPH Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

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