The former owner of Nellie's Deli and Espresso Bar has been charged with burning down that building over a year ago.
Bartholomew J. Oneto, 47, of 118 W. Third St. was secretly indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury Wednesday, then arrested Thursday. He was arraigned in County Court, and Judge John Ward set bail at $7,500 cash.
"This investigation was on-going for more than a year," District Attorney James Subjack said. "I have to commend the Jamestown Police Department, particularly Lt. John Conti for his unwavering efforts in accumulating sufficient evidence that we could take before a grand jury."
He also commended Assistant District Attorney Paul Andrews, who presented the case to the grand jury.
Subjack refused to discuss the apparent motive in the case calling it "inappropriate at this time."
The flames were reported just before 11 p.m. on June 2, 1996. The three-story building at 210 N. Main St. was destroyed, leaving a hole in a main downtown business district.
The building was owned by the couple who started the deli 20 years ago, William and Kathleen Roschy of Jamestown.