A county social worker was released from custody Friday after he pleaded innocent to setting a bulletin board fire that forced the evacuation of about 500 persons from a government office building.
Joseph J. Milosich, 42, of 15 Edgewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, was released on his own recognizance by City Judge Thomas P. Amodeo, pending a hearing Jan. 11.
Milosich, a senior caseworker in the social services department's Child Welfare unit, allegedly used his cigarette lighter Thursday to set fire to some notices pinned to a bulletin board at his department's offices at 478 Main St.
The fire caused minor damage to the board, wall and ceiling.
A spokeswoman for the department said Milosich remained on the payroll as of Friday afternoon.
Milosich is a former member of the executive committee of the Erie County Conservative Party. He and other dissident party members have filed a lawsuit in a bid to oust Party Chairman Joseph Kelly.