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UPDATE: Cumberland Man charged with Arson

February 11th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

.Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a Cumberland man after he reportedly doused the front of a house with gasoline and later made a threat of arson on social media. Michael Thomas Shipley, Jr., 33, was taken into custody yesterday evening on an arrest warrant without incident.

On February 10, 2020, at approximately 5:18 p.m, Cumberland Fire Department responded to 227 Springdale Street for a reported attempted arson. Given the nature of the incident, Cumberland Fire Department – Fire Marshals Office requested the assistance of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A joint investigation was initiated, and it was determined Shipley, an estranged family member, arrived at the home and doused the front porch of the house with suspected gasoline and then left the scene. 

Deputy State Fire Marshals later discovered Shipley made several threatening statements, including how he was going to burn down the house with the family inside on social media. After a brief investigation, the threats were confirmed and determined to be credible.

Shipley was later located with the assistance of the Cumberland Police Department and was charged with one count each of Arson Threat and Reckless Endangerment. He was transported to Allegany County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond. 

Michael Thomas Shipley Jr, age; 33, Cumberland, Maryland.

2 Responses to “UPDATE: Cumberland Man charged with Arson”

  1. February 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    I got sick once. It took me 6 months to recover the weight loss. I understand this scum bag lost his weight because he was a drug user. I also understand he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks without any good mentors.


    • February 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

      > Lastly I am not defending him. He has a problem and must seek treatment that isn’t in a treatment facility where he can walk out freely.


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