Arson suspect granted PR bail

NASHUA – While a prosecutor insisted Nashua arson suspect Shane Farnsworth is “a danger to the community,” and should therefore be held in jail, a Superior Court judge granted him personal recognizance bail – with the understanding he will abide by several conditions.

Farnsworth, 31, of 15 Crown St., is accused of setting fire to an occupied building at 24 Crown St. on Oct. 14. He was arrested late that night on one count of arson, a Class A felony, after an investigation by police and fire officials.

He was also charged in connection with three previous fires that evening – a brush fire on Bridge Street; a Dumpster fire at 20 Amory St.; and a motorcycle fire on Temple Street – but Farnsworth’s court file only lists the one arson charge from the Crown Street fire.

Nobody was hurt in any of the fires, and only minimal damage occurred, officials said at the time.

At last week’s bail hearing, meanwhile, Judge Jacalyn Colburn OK’d personal recognizance bail for Farnsworth, on the condition he has no contact with 24 Crown St., and continues to live at his 15 Crown St. address.

He must also abide by a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, the only exception being his court obligations and any treatment appointments.

Other conditions include possessing no firearms or consuming any alcohol or illegal drugs, and that he otherwise remain on good behavior.

Farnsworth is due back in court Jan. 4 for a dispositional hearing.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.