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Man Pleads Guilty to Burning Gudgeonville Covered Bridge

WGN 35-25-03

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ERIE, PA, July 8, 2009 - Jeffrey Gleason of Conneautville faces up to 37 years in prison after pleading guilty to setting fire to the Gudgeonville Covered Bridge and unrelated charges. Joshua Michael Bell, of Albion, Gleason's co-defendant in the arson, is scheduled for trial in September.

The 83-foot Gudgeonville Bridge was built circa 1868 using a Multiple King Post truss to cross Elk Creek near Girard, Pennsylvania.

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[Our thanks to Tom Keating for sharing this story - Ed.]

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