Updated 03/14/2013 09:06 PM
Four arrested for arson
Four men have been arrested in connection to a more than two-year-old arson case in Scotia. The men are accused of targeting the then police chief. Erin Vannella has more.
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SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Four men have been arrested in connection with a more than two-year-old arson case in Scotia.
The men are accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the home of then Scotia Police Chief Thomas Rush back in June of 2010.
Shawn Dedrick, 20, Alexander Grandstaff, 21, Joseph Parkhurst, 21, and Greg Mitchell, 21, are all facing arson charges.
Police say the incident at the home of the former police chief was not the only time the men committed arson. Authorities say the four also set fires at two other homes in the village and threw Molotov cocktails at a car parked on North Ballston Avenue. They say investigations into those other incidents helped crack the nearly three-year-old investigation into the arson at Rush's home.
“There weren't the leads at the time when this first happened and then through other investigations and in particular, some very good credible information was received during a couple of investigations in the last year that really got this going, we kept an eye on that and in trying to build a better case in the last month, there were a couple of other things that went on that really accelerated that," said Scotia Police Chief Peter Frisoni.
Police say the four men had a longstanding adverse relationship with law enforcement.
If convicted, each could face 15 years to life in prison. Police say additional charges could be coming.