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Firefighter charged with falsely reporting fires


LIVINGSTON—An Elizaville firefighter was charged with making three calls to Columbia County 911 to report smoke or fire where there was none.
Livingston State Police working with Livingston Fire Chief Jack Lasher and 911 Dispatcher Kevin Johnson investigated the fabricated reports—all within the Livingston Fire District, of which Elizaville is a part.
Their investigation resulted in the August 13 arrest of Christopher Brown, 21, of Manorton on three counts of second degree falsely reporting an incident, each a class E felony.
State Police Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano reports in a press release that Mr. Brown allegedly made three 911 calls that resulted in the emergency dispatch and response of Livingston Fire District apparatus.
On July 15, he allegedly reported smoke near the Manorton Church; August 4, he allegedly reported smoke near the intersection of County Route 19 and White Oak Road; and August 12, he allegedly reported something burning in Blue Stores.
When making each report, police say, Mr. Brown used a fake name.
Arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore, Mr. Brown was released in the custody of his father and directed to reappear in court August 20.

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