by Dave Warner
On the night of January 6th, 2020, there was a fire at the Snyder Apartment Building located at 8 West Main Street, and Timothy D. Regan, 60, of Little Falls, died in the blaze. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished, and fire damage was minimalized to a section of the third floor of the building; however, smoke and water damage permeated the structure.
On April 23rd, the Little Falls Police Department arrested Patricia Nethaway, 48 years old, who at the time of the fire was a resident of the 5th floor. Nethaway was charged with Arson in the second degree, a class B felony. The next day, the Little Falls Police Department arrested Amber Roche, 37 years old of Little Falls. Roche was also charged with Arson in the second degree.
Yesterday, the pair was indicted by a grand jury and have been formally charged with 1 count of murder in the 2nd degree, 1 count of arson in the 1st degree, and 7 counts of arson in the 2nd degree by the Herkimer County District Attorney. They are both being held at the Herkimer County Correctional Facility without bail.
Chief Ron Petrie said, “This was a lengthy investigation that our department did a great job handling, specifically First Sergeant Justin Dibble who took the lead on the investigation. Our thoughts continue to be with the Regan family as the tragic death of their brother, uncle, father and cousin was senseless and untimely at the hands of individuals who will now have to face the consequences of their evil actions.”
The building has remained unoccupied since the fire, while the owner waits for the insurance company to finish the initial claim. He says that about 70-80% of the cleanup has been completed, but once the insurance process is finished, they plan on renovating and then reopening the building.