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Man charged with Pittston arson during flood

PITTSTON – Police arrested a man from Pittston on charges he set a fire to a South Main Street home during the evacuation of the Flood of 2006 in June.

Shawn Stewart, 19, was arrested late Tuesday night and is awaiting arraignment this morning before District Judge Paul Hadzick at Central Court via videoconference from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Stewart is accused by police of setting the fire in the early morning of June 29 that trapped two people on a roof. Two National Guardsmen patrolling the area managed to save the couple by using a ladder that was found nearby.

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