2 of 3 arson charges stand against Gilmanton man
LACONIA - A Circuit Court judge dismissed an arson charge against a Gilmanton man Tuesday, but found probable cause on two other counts of arson in connection with a pair of January blazes.
Jason E. Clairmont, 36, of 33 Mallard Lane, was arrested Feb. 4 on three counts of arson. Police said he set fire to a car parked Sept. 4, 2013, in the lot at the Funky Monkey night club, and started two other fires on Jan. 25 - in a car parked at Bowman and Academy streets, and in some lattice work on a house at 91 Highland St.
Clairmont told police he staggered into the car while smoking a cigar. Surveillance tapes showed Clairmont walking near the car, but little else...The judge found probable cause on the other two arson counts; those were forwarded to Belknap County Superior Court for possible indictments by a grand jury.
Clairmont was arrested after an investigation by police, the state Fire Marshal's Office and the Laconia Fire Department...