Ex-security guard pleads not guilty Canyon Ranch fire, bomb threat

Tuesday October 16, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 23-year-old, accused of making a bomb threat and setting a fire at a resort where he worked, pleaded not guilty on Monday in Berkshire Superior Court and was put on house arrest with GPS monitoring.

Miles M. Arnspiger of Pittsfield appeared before Judge John A. Agostini and pleaded not guilty to single counts of burning a building and making a bomb threat.

According to police and prosecutors, Arnspiger, while employed at the Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox as a security guard, wrote a fake bomb threat aimed at the resort on May 19. The defendant then passed the note along to the Lenox Police Department. Less than three months later, he allegedly set a fire in a woodshed located at Canyon Ranch.

Arnspiger reported the Aug. 3 fire, and also helped Lenox firefighters put it out, according to police. No one was injured.

On Monday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey told the court that Arnspiger was found to be dangerous by a District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg in August, when he was held for 10 days before being released to house arrest. She asked that the defendant remain under those same conditions until his case was resolved. Agostini agreed.

Arnspiger cannot leave his home except to attend sessions at a mental health center, go to religious services or to meet with his attorney, Nathaniel K. Green.

Green requested an Oct. 31 hearing at which time he would be asking for his client’s release from house arrest.


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