Rutland man guilty of setting fires in national forestNovember 15,2013Local 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 isnít 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.MORE IN This Just InTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Tibetans' ability to breathe and absorb oxygen at high altitude might have been inherited from their ancient ancestors. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full StoryTOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vt. Yankee $10M revolving fund discussed, troubles at the Mission, MSJ's new principal, teens carve marble in West Rutland. 0Rutland Herald Editor Rob Mitchell and staff writer Bryanna Allen discuss some of the stories... Full StoryThe Associated Press Full Story
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