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Schoharie County firefighter charged with wearing official gear into fire pit

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A volunteer firefighter is facing charges that he intentionally burned firefighting gear in a pit fire at a party earlier this month. Christopher Botha, 23, of Jefferson, was suspended from the Jefferson Fire Department and charged on Tuesday with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony; and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, according to a release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's department. Sheriff Tony Desmond on Thursday said an investigation began not long after an instructor at ...

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