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Fallonn Craig to stand trial in arson that left several homeless

Woman to stand trial in arson that left several homeless

PALMER TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County woman appeared before a judge Tuesday in connection with a fire that injured several people and left families without their homes in October.

Fallonn Craig is facing several charges, including arson for the fire that burned the Mineral Springs Bar and Restaurant and several apartments above it. Craig waived the preliminary hearing Tuesday.

"The reason we've done that is my client, before I was ever involved, has been cooperating and assisting with police in this investigation, she's going to continue to do that and in light of that we decided to waive her preliminary hearing," explained her attorney, Christopher Shipman.

Craig faces a list of charges, including arson, causing a catastrophe, and criminal mischief in connection with the fire that burned the Mineral Springs Bar and Restaurant along with boarding rooms and apartments in the same building. The business was destroyed and seven families were displaced.

"It was devastating for them, there were people who lost their homes, there were children who lost their home and it's especially sad it happened right before the holidays," said Assistant District Attorney Lara Kash. "This defendant is responsible for putting all those people out of their homes."

It started, according to court paperwork, when Craig had an argument with a man she was in a relationship with.  The documents show she flicked a cigarette toward the couch and set fire to a blanket on a bed.

"At some point I would like to sit down and speak with authorities about resolving this matter," said Shipman. "We have a long road ahead of us to resolving this case and I'm just going to leave it at that for now, hopefully that's what will occur." 

Craig's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 6. Her attorney said he hopes everyone involved can come to some sort of an agreement before the case goes to trial.

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