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Fruitland Man Charged With Arson

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FRUITLAND, Md.- Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged 42-year-old Robert Stidham, Jr. with 1st and 2nd degree arson in connection with a fire which occurred December 1st in the 4000 Block of Skylar Drive in Fruitland.

According to the State Fire Marshal's office, Stidham was identified as the owner and occupant of the mobile home.The office said the fire caused an estimated $1,000 in damage to the structure, and was quickly brought under control by fire crews from Fruitland, Allen and Salisbury Station 1.

An investigation into the fire's cause determined that Stidham was responsible for setting the fire. A clear motive has not been established, according to the Fire Marshal's office.

Stidham was taken into custody Thursday on an arrest warrant and transported to the Wicomico County Detention Center without incident. If convicted, Stidham faces up to 50 years in prison and/or $80,000 in fines.


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