A Whiting man has been charged with five counts of aggravated arson for incidents occurring over a span of several months this year, authorities announced Wednesday.
Nicholas Depalma, 77, has been charged in connection with a series of fires that were set in Manchester Township between January 1 and April 26, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit-Arson Squad and the Manchester Township Police Department found that Depalma was responsible for setting a series of five separate dumpster fires, Billhimer said. Four of the fires were set close to structures that sustained damage and one was set near a large, wooded area.
On November 23, Depalma surrendered himself to Manchester Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons, the announcement said. He is awaiting future appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.
Jenna Calderón covers breaking news and cold cases in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Before coming to the Press, she covered The Queen City for Cincinnati Magazine in Ohio. Contact her at 330-590-3903; firstname.lastname@example.org
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