- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A man has been arraigned on three counts of third-degree arson after a string of suspicious fires at a barn, a trailer and at least two other structures in a rural part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

WZZM-TV reports 32-year-old Theodore Chester Cosnowski III of Howard City was read the charges in court Tuesday following his arrest the day before on a warrant.

State police say an 18-year-old from Morley and a 20-year-old from Howard City also are suspected in the fires in Mecosta County’s Deerfield Township.

Crews responding early Monday to a fire found three structures ablaze in the area about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says another fire was reported in neighboring Montcalm County.

It isn’t clear if Cosnowski has an attorney.



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