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Newport Man Pleads Not Guilty to 2014 Fire

A 32-year-old Newport, New Hampshire man pleaded not guilty late last week to charges he set a vacant building on fire back in 2014. Police arrested Anthony Lantas late last year on one count of burglary to an unattended North Main Street home, and was dealt an additional charge of arson just last month for the home destroyed in November of 2014.

Officials immediately deemed the fire suspicious with no sources of ignition in the home, and identified Lantas as a suspect 13 months after their investigation began.

Lantas entered his plea via video from the Sullivan County House of Corrections, with bail being set at $15,000 dollars.

A second individual, 39-year-old Frank Magistro of Newport, was also arrested for his role in the incident, and found guilty last month of conspiracy to commit burglary. The fire destroyed a single-family home and attached barn at 118 North Main Street.

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