Branch LaHave woman facing arson charge remanded for psychiatric examination

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN PHOTO</p><p>The house still stands at the corner of Oakes Road and Lower Branch Road in Branch LaHave. A Lunenburg County woman faces an arson charge in connection with Saturday&#8217;s fire.</p>

A Lunenburg County woman accused of arson in connection with a weekend house fire north of Bridgewater was remanded back into custody Monday for a 30-day psychiatric assessment to determine whether or not she'd be fit to stand trial or has a mental disorder exempting her from any criminal responsibility.

Tasha Nicole Wentzell, 34, of Branch LaHave was in custody Monday when her case was scheduled for a bail hearing. Wentzell faces one count of arson causing property damage and will be in front of a judge again next month.

Northfield district volunteer firefighters were summoned around 11:20 p.m. Saturday to a report of a house fire at a property near the corner of Lower Branch Road and Oakes Road in the community of Branch LaHave.

Roughly a half-dozen additional fire departments were needed at the scene to help extinguish the blaze. More personnel provided stand-by coverage for fire services already committed to the incident.

Fire crews returned to the scene Sunday morning to extinguish a flare-up of the blaze.

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