Newspaper delivery man faces arson allegations

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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— A man delivering newspapers for the Times Union is facing arson charges after allegedly setting fire to bags of leaves and a garbage bin early Monday.

Anthony Vignola, 20, of Brickley Drive, Colonie, was charged with two counts of arson and two counts of reckless endangerment, misdemeanors. He was also cited for a violation-level count of possessing marijuana, according to police.

Lt. Robert Winn said police were alerted to bags of leaves that were lit on fire on Pfeil Avenue around 4:30 a.m. A short time later, they were alerted to another blaze that broke out in a County Waste plastic trash receptacle at the curbside on Victory Drive.

Witnesses saw a person they believed to be Vignola, who was contracted to deliver the Times Union newspaper. He was arrested a short time later near his home without incident.

Winn said investigators are still trying to determine why Vignola started the fires. He said the fires caused no damage, aside from scorching nearby lawns and destroying the one plastic trash receptacle on Victory Drive.

“It certainly had the potential to be worse that it was,” he said.

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