Trio faces arson, conspiracy, insurance fraud charges in Canandaigua fire

Posted at: 02/15/2014 11:10 AM
By: Melody Burri/Messenger Post

New charges have been filed against three local people who police say set fire to a house at 41 Saltonstall St. on Dec. 22 at about 1:45 a.m.

According to Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Brian Dennis, Shallamar L. Hayward-Crawford, 29, and Samuel F. Crawford, 33, both of 2110 Route 21, Canandaigua; and William Bradley Jr., 21, of 3773 Route 247, Canandaigua, all face multiple charges related to the fire, which completely destroyed the 41 Saltonstall St. home, and damaged two adjacent structures.

The three were each charged with third degree arson, fourth degree arson, conspiracy and attempted insurance fraud, Dennis said.

According to Canandaigua City Police Sgt. Scott Kadien, Hayward-Crawford and Crawford — who are married and are the owners of the residence — committed the arson in an effort to receive proceeds from their insurance company. The couple allegedly approached Bradley, who was an acquaintance, and asked him to help with the arson. The fire started “inside the house, by the furnace, with the intent being to make us believe it was an accidental fire,” Kadien said. 

The two allegedly agreed to pay Bradley $1,000, which he did not receive, Dennis said.

Kadien said there were "admissions made by all three suspects." None of the three have any previous convictions for arson-related offenses, and Crawford was on New York state parole for an unrelated offense, he said.

Samuel Crawford was originally charged Jan. 7 and is being held at the Ontario County Jail without bail on a parole detainer. Shallamar Hayward-Crawford, also charged Jan. 7, is being held on $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. And William Bradley Jr., first charged on Jan. 8, is being held on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Shallamar and Samuel will appear in Ontario County Court on April 16. Bradley is scheduled to appear in court on April 30, Dennis said.

The fire was investigated by the fire department, the City of Canandaigua Police Department and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

According to Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette, crews from the Canandaigua, Canandaigua Veterans Affairs, Crystal Beach and Cheshire fire departments — along with the Canandaigua Emergency Squad and city police — responded to the fire at the house, which was a rental property and was not occupied at the time.

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