ARREST MADE IN STOCKPORT FIRE INVESTIGATION
Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that the Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 31 year old man from Stuyvesant for Arson in the third degree, a Class C Felony, in connection with an October 2017 house fire in Stockport.
The arrest was made after a two and a half month long investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch. The investigation began on October 1, 2017 after the fire was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by Columbia County 911. Information gathered during the course of the investigation lead to the arrest of 31 year old William P. Travis III of Woods Lane in the Town of Stuyvesant. It was determined that Mr. Travis traveled to the residence at 290 Route 25 in the Town of Stockport and started a fire that completely destroyed the structure. The Stockport Fire Department responded along with other local Fire Companies.
The investigation led to Sheriff’s Investigators executing a search warrant at the home of Travis. During the search, items of interest were recovered.
Mr. Travis was arrested on December 20, 2017 at about 7:15 pm and then arraigned before Judge Jack Mabb in the Town of Stockport Court. Mr. Travis was remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail and $40,000 bail bond. He is scheduled to return to Stockport Court on January 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Conducting the investigation for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Branch, Drug Enforcement and Education Unit and Deputy Sheriff Jordan Brahm. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, the Stockport Fire Department, the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team, and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control assisted in the investigation.
Sheriff Bartlett commended those involved in the investigation for the tireless work they did running down leads and conducting multiple interviews. “Like so often is the case, this investigation required patience and persistence,” said Sheriff Bartlett. “The diligent work of all involved – law enforcement and fire investigators alike – is what which ultimately lead to the arrest.” the Sheriff added.
The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. Sheriff David Bartlett urges anyone in the public that may have information that could assist in this investigation to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518-828-4316 (Non Emergency number)