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Man who set fire in back yard also facing drug charges, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 10 2012 03:36:56 PM CST
PALMER TWP., Pa. -

A man who started a fire in his back yard is facing more charges after drugs were found in his home, officials said.

Glenn A. Craig was arrested in connection with a brush fire in the back yard of the home where he lives with is mother at 211 Old Orchard Drive, Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

Investigators found Craig sleeping on a recliner inside the back door of the home, about 10 feet from a small patch of grass that was on fire, officials said, adding that a burned five-gallon gas can, a smoldering shirt and blanket, and burnt matches and CDs were found nearby.

Officers found a white powder later determined to be cocaine, along with a razor blade and a straw, in the house after Craig's mother Martha asked them to search the home for alcohol, officials said.

Craig, 49, was arraigned early Sunday morning on charges of arson, reckless endangerment, drug possession and disorderly conduct and was committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19.