Thursday, September 1, 2022

Shenandoah Man Wanted on Arson Charges for Starting Multiple Brush Fires

A Shenandoah man is wanted by Forestry Officials for starting brush fires earlier this year.

According to DCNR, Foresters with the Weiser State Forest District and Special Investigator with Forest Fire Protection are asking for assistance locating the suspect in an arson investigation stemming from several fires at or around 8:00 PM on May 12, 2022 near Shenandoah Borough.

Authorities currently have a warrant for the arrest of John Banaszewski, 42, of Shenandoah who is wanted for starting these fires.

Charges filed against Banaszewski include 18 felony arson counts, as well as risking catastrophe, and maliciously setting/causing fire to forest.

Anyone with information about Banaszewski’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Weiser Forest District at 570-875-6450.

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