GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Margaret Shafer, age 59, was charged with arson Friday after an April fire that burned a car and caused damage to a nearby structure.
Around 5:00 a.m. on April 17, the Greenfield Township police and fire departments responded to a vehicle fire that was endangering a structure on Willard Road in the Newton Lake area. The vehicle was destroyed and the structure sustained significant damage. During the course of their investigation, they say they determined the fire was set intentionally.
On May 13, Shafer was charged with 2 counts of arson, 2 counts of criminal mischief, and 1 count of dangerous burning for intentionally setting a vehicle on fire.
Authorities say that during the investigation Shafer admitted to police that she was upset that the victim would not return her belongings. Police say she went on to tell them that around 4:30 a.m. on April 17 she parked a few blocks from the victim’s home, walked there, lit a cigarette, and placed it under the passenger seat of his car.
Shafer was arraigned and incarcerated in Lackawanna County Jail in lieu of $75,000.
The Greenfield Township police were assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.