Strafford man facing arson charges

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A 37-year-old man from Strafford is facing multiple charges following an incident that took place in St. Johnsbury.

On September 8, authorities say they were notified by the Northeast Correctional Complex that Edward Gallagher III had made multiple threatening phone calls to NECC staff throughout the evening.

Hours later, Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital contacted the Vermont State Police reporting they had also received multiple threatening phone calls from Gallagher.

Police say that Gallagher’s threatening calls to NVRH were similar in nature to those reported by NECC earlier that night.

Yesterday, Edward Gallagher was arrested for arson 1st degree by troopers of the Vermont State Police Royalton barracks after he made nearly 40 threatening calls to police the night prior and started a large fire at his residence that destroyed his encampment and caused risk to the public.

Gallagher was taken into custody shortly after and transported to Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

He was held without bail.

Yesterday he was cited separately to appear in court on October 30 to answer for the charges of disorderly conduct by phone or electronic communication.

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