WILLIAMSTON - The Ingham County Sheriff's Office has identified the man suspected of setting the Williamston Bucket tavern on fire last month. Jason Warren Stallcup, 37, was arraigned this morning in Ingham County's 55th District Court on charges related to the arson. This afternoon he will be charged in a Lansing city court, as well, on charges related to the the chase that ended in his capture in Lansing Monday morning. The Sheriff's Department did not comment on what may have been the motive for the arson. The Bucket's owner says that Stallcup had worked at the tavern on-and-off over the past year.
Stallcup is also wanted on suspicion of a mid-December kidnapping in Arkansas, and there are outstanding charges in Colorado. The Sheriff's Department says he will eventually be extradited to Arkansas. Stallcup has been convicted in Michigan for home invasion and unarmed robbery charges in Shiawassee County.
The Bucket was severely damaged in the December 28th fire. No one was hurt, and firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. The Bucket had been destroyed by fire in 2006 and rebuilt.
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