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Lebanon Man Charged With Arson in Church Fire 

  • Anthony K. Boisvert

  • The First Baptist Church in Lebanon, N.H., is engulfed in flames during a fire that broke out late in the evening on Dec. 28, 2016. Multiple departments were called to the three-alarm blaze. (Valley News - Josh Weinreb) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Report
Monday, January 02, 2017

Read Tuesday’s full story: Lebanon Man Charged in Connection with First Baptist Church Fire, Stabbings

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Lebanon — Police late last night arrested a 27-year-old Lebanon man and charged him with arson in connection with the blaze that destroyed First Baptist Church of Lebanon last week.

He’s also facing charges in connection with two other fires near downtown Lebanon.

Anthony K. Boisvert was arrested around 10:15 p.m. near his Tannery Lane home after a “widespread search” by police who called in a K-9 unit to track him, according to a Lebanon police news release early this morning.

Police began looking for Boisvert in connection with the church fire, which started around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, and a second fire at 68 Mascoma St. which started less than an hour later in a couch in the basement, after determining that both fires “were deliberately set” and that Boisvert was a “person of interest.”

Authorities initially determined that he had left the area, but on Sunday night, police were called to 20 Wolf Road at the Boulders condomimium complex for a report of a double-stabbing.

They found a 52-year-old man and 66-year-old woman both with multiple stab wounds and serious injuries, and both identified Boisvert as their assailant, according to the news release. Police said both victims knew him previously, and that Boisvert fled the scene on foot.

The stabbing victims were being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and their injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police in the news release said that during their investigation, they also determined that Boisvert was responsible for setting a fire last January that destroyed an abandoned building at 174 Hanover St. Extension.

Boisvert is charged with three counts of arson and two counts of first-degree assault, all felony-level offenses.

He is being held in custody and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Lebanon District Court. Police said he was also being held in connection with a detainer from probation/parole.

Posted at 9:05 a.m. For a full report, see Tuesday’s Valley News.