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Port Henry man charged with arson

 A Port Henry man has been charged with arson, two weeks after police arrested him on other charges following a series of suspicious fires Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 in the village of Port Henry.

Joseph P. King, 43, of Port Henry, was charged with felonies of second-degree arson, third-degree arson, third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief Jan. 19, according to state police press.

He was arraigned in Moriah Town Court and sent to Essex County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

The fires occurred in buildings for Mountain Lake Services, which provides help to people who are developmentally disabled.

King, a former employee of the agency, was previously charged with five counts of reckless endangerment, one count of obstruction of firefighting operations and one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection with driving through Main Street while firefighters were there and damaging fire equipment by driving over it.

He will answer the charges at 2 p.m. Monday in Moriah Town Court.

On Jan. 2, emergency officials had found the business office of Mountain Lake Services on fire, a rear entrance to the building forcibly entered and a van on fire in a parking lot.

The administrative offices for the business, located separately in the former St. Patrick's School, were also broken into, and three fires occurred in the break room and/or conference room.

Crown Point arrests

Two Crown Point men were arrested in connection with an alleged burglary Jan. 21.

Keeghan B. Carpenter, 19, and Vincent W. Kulickowski, 21, were arrested by state police and charged with third degree burglary with illegal entry with intent.

Both were taken to the Essex County Jail with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Both were scheduled to appear at the Crown Point town court on Jan. 26.

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