A man suspected of starting a number of fires including the one that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church is under arrest. According to New York State Police, Gerald Althiser of Springfield Center was taken into custody Saturday for intentionally setting fires in two campers and when interviewed by officers admitted to starting the fire in March that destroyed the church on State Route 28 in Milford. Althiser was booked into the Otsego County Jail on $5,000 cash bond or $10,000 property bond.

Gerald E. Althiser Jr. (Credit: NYS Police)