The man who owned the home that was destroyed by fire October 1st, 2017 in Stockport, was arraigned this afternoon, after indictment by a Columbia County grand jury.
74 year old Barry Goldstein was charged with insurance fraud, Arson, and Reckless Endangerment. The home was at 290 County Route 25. He was claiming one million dollars in damages from the fire. Over a dozen fire companies risked their lives fighting the fire that night.
SECOND MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH 2017 STOCKPORT
Stockport, NY: Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that a second man has been arrested in connection with an October 2017 house fire in the Town of Stockport. The arrest was made by way of a sealed indictment handed down from the Columbia County Grand Jury.
On October 1, 2017 the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 290 County Route 25 in the Town of Stockport by Columbia County 911 for a fully involved residential structure fire. The residence was totally destroyed with the cause of the fire ultimately being ruled suspicious. The investigation led to the arrest of 31 year old William P. Travis III of Woods Lane in the Town of Stuyvesant. Mr. Travis was arrested on December 20, 2017 at about 7:15 pm by sheriff’s investigators and charged with Arson in the Third Degree (a Class C Felony). He is currently incarcerated in the Columbia County Jail awaiting court proceedings.
The investigation continued after the arrest of Mr. Travis and led Sheriff’s Office Investigators to discover that the homeowner, a Mr. Barry Goldstein was also responsible for the fire.
On today’s date at approximately 10:48 am, Investigators Reagan Anderson and Patrick Logue arrested 74 year old Barry Goldstein at his residence in the Town of Stockport without incident. He was transported directly to Columbia County Court and was arraigned at approximately 3:15 pm by the Honorable County Court Judge Richard Koweek, at which time the indictment was unsealed. Mr. Goldstein stands charged with Insurance Fraud in the First Degree (a Class B Felony), Arson in the Third Degree (a Class C Felony) and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree (a Class D Felony). Mr. Goldstein was remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He will appear back in county court at a later date.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office along with the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.
Sheriff Bartlett said, “This house fire created a dangerous situation for firefighters and residents. I would like to thank the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and all of the firefighters who responded and assisted at the fire scene. I want to also thank the public for their help and remind everyone that if you see something, say something”
Last December, a Stuyvesant man was charged with arson in the case. Here is the original press release:
ARREST MADE IN STOCKPORT FIRE INVESTIGATION
Stockport, NY: 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 led 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.