Middletown police say man was knocking down house he didn’t own

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MIDDLETOWN – Police arrested a Middletown man on a felony charge of criminal mischief for allegedly demolishing a building in which he lived but did not own.
Middletown officers who responded to the report on Monday found James Rhein, 48, of Woodland Avenue, knocking the house to the ground with an excavator and disposing of the debris into dumpsters.
Utility companies were not notified of the demolition, which resulted in emergency callouts for termination of electric, water and gas.
No one was injured.
Police said additional charges against Rhein may be pending. 




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