Ulster man charged with arson for fires in shed, former church

A 29-year-old East Kingston man was jailed without bail on Sept. 18 after he was charged with setting two fires in that town of Ulster hamlet.

According to town police, an investigation determined that Michael Watzka was behind a suspicious shed fire on Feb. 23 at 114 John St. and, two days later, another suspicious fire at the former East Kingston Methodist Church on Brigham Street.

Police arrested Watzka and charged him with third- and fourth-degree arson and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies, and the misdemeanors of fifth-degree arson and second-degree criminal contempt.


Town police were assisted by the county District Attorney’s Office.