• Rutland man guilty of setting fires in national forest
    November 15,2013
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
     
    Local man admits

    starting forest fires

    A Rutland man has pleaded guilty to starting fires on Green Mountain National Forest land.

    Jack P. Dickson pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to three federal misdemeanor charges of setting a fire on national land without authority, leaving a fire without completely extinguishing it and damaging government property.

    As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Dickson was fined $500 for each offense. However, as part of the plea deal, the government will suspend the fines on the condition that Dickson isn’t charged again with a federal, state or local crime during his two-year probation.

    U.S. Forest Service agents and the Vermont State Police fire investigation unit arrested Dickson after an investigation into a 6-acre wildfire that burned a section of woodland in Mount Holly in March 2012.
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
    2 Comments
    MORE IN This Just In
    MONTPELIER — The races might be new, but many of the faces are the same. Full Story
    Rutland Town officials want to ensure businesses pay the town’s 1 percent sales tax. Full Story
    The sole Democrat in the Rutland City delegation is not seeking another term.

    Rep. Full Story
    More Articles