Richville man charged with arson in June now faces arson charge for May barn fire
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 2:56 pm

GOUVERNEUR -- A Richville man who was charged with arson in June faces a new arson charge in connection with a fire reported to state police in May.

State police and Gouverneur firefighters had been investigating a string of fires that occurred in the greater Gouverneur area in May.

The suspicious barn fire occurred May 26 on county Route 12 in Rossie.

For his alleged involvement in burning the barn, Robert J. Bell II, 20, was charged with third-degree arson: intentionally causing damage, felony, at 10:23 a.m. at the police station located at 48 Court St. in Canton, police said.

He was released to a third party and is to answer the charge at a later date, troopers said.

In June, Bell was charged with third-degree arson, two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy and third-degree tamping with evidence relating to fires that occurred May 19 and May 23.

Two other people were also charged in relation to those conflagrations. Remington E. Bell, 18, Richville, was charged with two counts each of third-degree arson and fourth-degree conspiracy. Nicholas D. Simmons was charged with third-degree arson.

In separate set of June arrests that stemmed from the suspicious fires in May, troopers also filed arson charges against Zachary W. Robinson, 18, DeKalb Junction; Mason L. Wing, 19, Gouverneur; and Austin R. Bogart, 17, DeKalb Junction.