Arsonist to pay

ESCANABA – A Cornell man, convicted last fall of arson of a camp in 2011, was ordered Tuesday to pay the victim more than $11,000 to repair damages to the structure and replace its contents. The ruling was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court.

Richard Foy Arbour, 59, must pay restitution totaling $11,598 to Tim Kobasic, the owner of the camp that Arbour set fire to in October 2011. The camp is located in Cornell near Arbour’s residence.

Arbour was found guilty of arson during a two-day jury trial in circuit court last September. The following month, Judge Stephen Davis sentenced him to six months in the county jail and $2,418 in fines and costs.

Arbour was also sentenced to be placed on probation for 18 months. During that period he is not to have contact with the victim or the victim’s family. He was also ordered not to go beyond his north property line which leads to the Kobasic property.

During a restitution hearing on Feb. 11, the court was presented with evidence regarding structural and smoke damage done to the camp as a result of the arson. The victim presented a list of the damaged furniture and carpeting and offered the costs to replace these items.

After researching the value of similar items and comparing it to current prices and the age of each damaged item, Davis came up with a fair market value to replace the furniture and the carpeting.

Davis also included in the restitution the costs to reinstall electric service damaged by the fire and to pay for firefighting services, landfill expenses, building materials, and labor for cleanup and repair of the camp.

Sometime between Oct. 2-3, 2011, Arbour purposely set on fire Kobasic’s camp located on North River Road along the Escanaba River. A hole was burnt in an exterior wall of the structure which also suffered smoke damage. The camp was not insured.

During last week’s restitution hearing, testimony was presented by Kobasic and Keith Carlson, a Michigan State Police trooper who investigated the incident.