BREAKING NEWS Out Of Maryland

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A West Virginia man was convicted Tuesday in Allegany County Circuit Court of setting three fires earlier this year that damaged 57 acres in Green Ridge State Forest.

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At 47,560 acres, Green Ridge is the largest contiguous block of public land in Maryland. Green Ridge is located within the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains. It is rich in both natural and cultural heritage and remains a “working forest” today as it is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service to conserve the natural ecological processes while supporting the economy of the region through an active forest management program. The Maryland Forest Service Mission is to restore, manage, and protect Maryland’s trees, forests, and forested ecosystems to sustain our natural resources and connect people to the land.

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Brian Chad Twigg, 20, of Paw Paw, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree malicious burning, a felony.

He was sentenced to four years in prison, with all but six months suspended, and placed on supervised probation for five years. Twigg also was ordered to pay $13,814 in restitution.

Maryland Natural Resources Police investigators determined that a fire March 23 near Malcolm Road and fires April 3 and April 4 near Kirk Road were intentionally set. Evidence and tips led back to Twigg, a volunteer firefighter, who was arrested April 24.

In addition to the counts of malicious burning, Twigg was charged with malicious destruction of property and maliciously setting fires. The nine charges carried a maximum prison sentence of 39 years and a fine of up to $28,500.

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The misdemeanor charges were dropped when Twigg pleaded guilty.

SOURCE – Maryland.gov

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