Cortland County investigators make arrests in 2007 arson

Roy Shonerd

Cortland County investigators finally have answers in a four and a half year old arson investigation.

Cortland County Sheriff's deputies just announced the arrests of two people in connection with a fire back in 2007.

Barbara Gage, 52, of 55 Morningside Drive in Cortland, is charged with arson and conspiracy, both felonies.

Roy Shonerd, 31, of 16853 Ridge Rd. Apt. #B in Holley, is charged with criminal mischief and conspiracy.

On August 21, 2007, authorities say Gage and Shonerd drove a 2006 Chevy pick up truck to the area of Route 11 near Snow Road in the Town of Virgil. The truck belonged to William Seman-Rupp.

Investigators say Gage and Shonerd damaged the car by hitting it with baseball bats, then setting the truck on fire and pushing it over an embankment.

Deputies say new leads developed in December 2010 led to the arrests.