Four men arrested after Halloween arson

by Charles Mandel

Four men were arrested after a house arson in Lunenburg County Halloween night.

RCMP responded to a complaint of four men walking in a rural area between Birchy Head and Northwest Cove on Hwy. 329 near The Lodge shortly after 9 p.m. on October 31. The caller said the men were acting suspicious. Police patrolled the area and noted a parked vehicle where the men had been seen.

While checking the parked vehicle, the RCMP responded to a call of a structure fire nearby. Police and local volunteer fire departments from Hubbards, Blandford and area responded to the fire.

The structure, an "abandoned house" for sale by owner was a "complete loss, completely gone," according to Sgt. Mark MacPherson of the Lunenburg District RCMP.

Deeming the fire suspicious, police searched the area for suspects while the firefighters fought the blaze.

An RCMP Police Dog Service team was called in to assist with the search.

One man was located walking along Hwy. 329 and was arrested at approximately 12:40 a.m. on November 1. A second man was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tilley Point Rd., near another vehicle that police noted in the area and which they believed was connected to the arson. Two other men were arrested at approximately 1 p.m. on ‎Ward Rd.

The Lunenburg District RCMP, General Investigative Section have charged four men in relation to the fire. Charged are:

Jesse Leo Hamm, 18 years old of Simms Settlement, Lunenburg County

Dylan Edward Coolen, 21 years old of Hubbards, Lunenburg County

Shawn Davis Harnish, 21 years old of Mill Cove, Lunenburg County

Damion Ira Parks, 21 years old of Mill Cove, Lunenburg County

All men have been charged with intentionally causing damage,by fire, to the property situated along Hwy 329, The Lodge. All four have been released on strict conditions and will appear in court to enter pleas on December 20th, 2017 in Bridgewater Provincial Court.

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