• Rutland man guilty of setting fires in national forest
    November 15,2013

    Local 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 isn’t 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.

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