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June 3, 2013

Man waives arson charges

WINDBER — A Shade Township man will stand trial accused of twice trying to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s house in Cairnbrook in a dispute over their child.

William Henry Ulderich, 38, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday before Senior Judge Joseph Cannoni of Windber.

In a court document, state police in Somerset said Ulderich allegedly set fire to the rear porch of a home on Fourth Street on May 7, 2012, while two people were sleeping inside the dwelling.

The woman said she awoke to find the house filled with smoke. A lawn chair on the porch was on fire, troopers said.

The man inside extinguished the fire and called authorities.

Ulderich is accused of setting a second fire at the home on May 20.

His girlfriend reportedly went to police, saying she received a text message from Ulderich claiming he had entered the residence and set fire to a couch and some of the curtains, troopers said.

When confronted by the state police, Ulderich reportedly said: “Well, there probably is a picture or two from the second fire.”

A witness said Ulderich and the woman argued constantly over their child, troopers said.

Ulderich is charged with two counts each of arson and related offenses and criminal mischief and one count of reckless endangerment.

He was returned to SCI-Pine Grove, Indiana County, where he is serving a one year, 10 months and 15 days to 6 years sentence after pleading guilty to criminal trespassing in August 2012.  

 

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