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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Couple charged in Bradford meth lab fire

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  • A couple is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly causing a fire at a Bradford home while cooking meth with two young children in the residence.
    Brentin Austin, 36, and Sheila Radcliffe, 35, were brought back to New York on Tuesday from Horsham, Pa., where they’d been living, according to a news release from Inv. Marci Trimble of the New York State Police.
    The alleged incident occurred Feb. 9 at Radcliffe’s former residence at 9897 Carman Road in Bradford.
    State police say the couple were in the process of cooking meth when a fire broke out. Two small children in the home were uninjured.
    Following an investigation by the state police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team as well as Bath-based troopers, Steuben County Court Judge Peter Bradstreet issued a warrant for Austin and Radcliffe in late June. They were apprehended in mid-July by Pennsylvania authorities.
    Both waived extradition and were taken into custody by state police Tuesday.
    Austin and Radcliffe were each charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, both Class D felonies; fourth-degree arson and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, both Class E felonies.
    They were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment of property, all misdemeanors.
    Austin was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor.
    Both suspects were arraigned in Steuben County Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. They are scheduled to appear before Judge Joseph Latham in Steuben County Court at 9 a.m. today.

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