LEICESTER — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Tuesday reported the arrest of a Leicester man on felony charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On Monday, Aug. 19, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on New Road in the Town of Leicester for a reported shed fire. Leicester and Cuylerville Fire Departments also responded to the scene and extinguished the fire but not before major damage to the shed and contents occurred.
The ensuing investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies revealed that the incident allegedly started when 61-year-old Michael A. Beach, who resides at the residence, became upset with his girlfriend who also lives at the residence. It is further alleged that Beach damaged his girlfriend’s vehicle and then used his truck to ram the steps of the residence. Beach then threw several cigarette butts into the shed which caused the fire.
Beach was arrested and charged with fourth-degree felony arson and second-degree felony criminal mischief.
Beach was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Beach be held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
Beach was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Village of Dansville Justice Scott Kenney. The Judge did remand Beach to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
Investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff’s Investigator Gene Chichester, Deputy William Clarke, and Deputy Caleb Cutting from the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU). Also assisting on scene for the fire investigation was Livingston County Fire Investigator Kevin Neidermaier.