Randolph man arrested for first degree arson

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RANDOLPH — A Randolph man was arrested late Saturday night on charges of first-degree arson after allegedly attempting to set fire to a residence on Dudley Street.

Vermont State Police responded to a call at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 27, advising of a male attempting to make entry into a dwelling at 10 Dudley St. while carrying a flammable device.

Upon investigation, authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Clair Sherman, who was reportedly seen igniting the fire.

Sherman was later located at his home in Randolph and taken into custody without incident.

He was processed at the Royalton Barracks and subsequently lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility.

Sherman is expected to appear in Orange County Criminal Court to face the charges.

The Vermont State Police are seeking information from the public regarding the incident.

Witnesses or individuals with knowledge of the fire are encouraged to contact the State Police at (802)234-9933.

Additionally, the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program, funded by insurance companies and separate from the Department of Public Safety, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Tips can be provided to the program by calling 800-32-ARSON.

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