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Disgruntled used-tractor buyer charged with arson

A 74-year-old man who lives in his vehicle is charged with arson in the third degree for allegedly setting fire to another person's house in Allegany County.

Gary R. Marvel, 74, is accused of setting fire to a house when the homeowner wouldn't refund money he paid for a tractor.

State Police based in Amity report that Gary R. Marvel was arrested Thursday in connection with a residential fire on Karr-Valley Road in Almond. Marvel has previously purchased a tractor and a van from the owner of the house, according to state police. However, when he later tried to return the vehicles, the seller refused to give him back his money.

On Wednesday, the homeowner's house burned. Witnesses told investigators Marvel had been seen in the area with items used to start the fire, and he was found and arrested. Marvel was arraigned in Friendship Town Court and is being held in Allegany County Jail with bail set at $5,000.



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