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Ti men face arson charges following chase

TICONDEROGA - Two men who allegedly set fire to a generator and lawn mower in Ticonderoga were apprehended after a search through woods at the base of Mount Defiance May 26.

Nathan Thatcher, 26, and Jonathan Paquette, 20, both of Ticonderoga, were each charged with two counts of fifth-degree arson, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors.

They were arraigned before Ticonderoga Town Justice Keith Dolbeck and sent to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bail bond.

Police said the lawn mower was destroyed by the fire, and the generator was damaged. No buildings were affected.

Paquette was also charged with misdemeanor growing cannabis, stemming from an earlier incident.

Thatcher and Paquette are due back in court June 9.

Ti man charged

Acting on a sealed indictment from the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Ticonderoga police arrested Richard L. Brown, 41, of Ticonderoga for multiple sexual misconduct offenses.

Brown was charged with five counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse, one count of felony first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said the charges stemmed from a 2009 incident. Brown was picked up just before 4:30 a.m. May 27 and sent to the Essex County Jail when he couldn't pay bail.

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