Accused Arsonist of Amwell Home to be Arraigned
Curtis Westover to appear in State Superior Court on second-degree aggravated arson charges.
A Hillsborough man accused of setting fire to a historic Amwell Road home last month will be arraigned Friday afternoon.
Curtis Westover, 69, of Zion Road, will be arraigned on second-degree aggravated arson charges for the fire that destroyed a historic home at 697 Amwell Road on March 18.
Westover wil appear with his public defender, Chanal Hudson, before State Superior Court Judge Julie Marino at 1:30 p.m.
John Lazorchak, who owned the structure, had unsuccessfully tried to demolish the building to construct a 6,700-square-foot office building. The home has since been demolished, but the future of the property remains unknown.
Westover was arrested on March 24 and released after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bail.
Shortly after being released, Westover appeared before the Township Committee, requesting the governing body for assistance after his lawsuit against the Hillsborough Zoning Board was dismissed earlier this year.
Westover claimed in the suit, filed in June 2011, that the board acted arbitrarily in ruling that it had no jurisdiction on his application for a subdivision on his Zion Road property, which houses BW Nursery.