Canyon Ranch arson suspect in court Thursday

Wednesday August 29, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Pittsfield man accused of setting a fire and issuing a bomb threat in two separate incidents at the high-end Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox is due in court Thursday morning for a dangerousness hearing.

Miles M. Arnspiger, 23, has been held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction since his arrest by Lenox police on Aug. 10 in connection with the Aug. 3 wood-storage shed fire and the May 19 bomb threat. Arnspiger had been employed as a security guard at the resort.

Several previous hearings at the Southern Berkshire District Court were postponed. Arn spiger had pleaded not guilty to two felony counts before Judge Rita S. Koenigs at Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield following his arrest.

Arnspiger is now represented by public defender Nathaniel K. Green, who did not return a call on Tuesday for comment on the case. Initially, Arnspiger had been represented by Alexander Sohn, also of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

The Lenox police investigation alleged that the suspect had handwritten the bomb threat he turned over to officers. No one was injured in the fire, which Arnspiger put out himself after allegedly torching a wood shed on the Lenox property, according to police.

According to police, Arn spiger, of South Merriam Street in Pittsfield, first told them he had seen three youths in the vicinity of the burning shed on the Canyon Ranch property.


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