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Former Crisfield Police Chief Arrested for Intentional Fire

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Former Crisfield Police Chief Norman Swift. (Photo: MD DNR Police) Former Crisfield Police Chief Norman Swift. (Photo: MD DNR Police)

SOMERSET COUNTY, Md.- Former Crisfield Police Chief Norman Swift was arrested Thursday in connection to an intentionally set outside fire in Somerset County.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police said the 60-year-old Swift is facing one county of malicious of negligent setting of fires. He is accused of starting a Sept. 21, 2015 fire on Phoenix Church Road, just off of Farm Market Road.

DNR police tell WBOC that fire started around 11:30 a.m. in a pine grove.  The call never came into a 911 center because firefighters nearby spotted the fire. DNR police also said firefighters spotted Swift in the same area.  Investigators also checked Swift's cellphone, and the location indicator put Swift in the area of the fire, around the time it was set.

This is not Swift's first encounter with law enforcement.  Swift was accused of starting a fire in 1987 that burned about two blocks of Crisfield.  The former police chief took a plea to a lesser charge and avoided trial for the arson charge.

More recently, Swift was accused of theft in 2013 and burglary in 2015.  The charges in those cases were put on a stet docket, meaning they were indefinitely postponed.

DNR police did not say whether Swift is connected to any of the other fires intentionally set in Somerset County but the investigation is still ongoing.  Over a few months in late 2015, there were more than 15 intentionally set outside fires in the Crisfield and Marion Station area of Somerset County.

Swift is being held on $15,000 bond.

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