Man Charged In Long Trail Shelter Fire

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A Manchester, New Hampshire man is facing federal charges of setting fire to a shelter on Vermont’s Long Trail.

Federal prosecutors say Justin Caissie, formerly of Rutland, started the fire that destroyed the Tucker Johnson Trail Shelter in Mendon on March 2 and then lied about it to a U.S. Forest Service special agent.

Caissie pleaded not guilty yesterday to destroying property owned by the United States and giving a false statement to a federal officer.

He was released on the condition that he not enter U.S. Forest Service land, except if passing through on a primary road.

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