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Wayland man faces several felony charges including two counts of arson, resisting arrest, and contempt

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Duane C. Cansdale Jr., a 30-year-old resident of Wayland has been arrested by State Police on a multitude of charges following a series of incidents.


The initial case began on September 29, 2023, when SP Wayland troopers responded to assist with a structure fire at 1790 State Route 63. The investigation revealed that Cansdale Jr. had been starting open fires inside a trailer, which ultimately led to the structure catching fire.

After fleeing the scene, Cansdale Jr. faced charges including fourth- and fifth-degree arson, and reckless endangerment.

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The situation escalated the following day, on September 30 when troopers were called to a report of an Order of Protection Violation at 123 Lincoln St. It was discovered that Cansdale Jr. had violated a Stay Away Order by entering the residence, engaging in a verbal altercation, and forcefully taking a dog from the property.

His actions, which included aggressively handling the dog to the point of causing it distress, led to further charges including aggravated criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, aggravated cruelty to animals, resisting arrest, obstruction, and criminal trespass. Several of those charges are felonies, troopers added.


Cansdale Jr.’s criminal activities continued into the next month, as he was observed on October 1, 2023, retrieving items from the burned-down trailer in violation of a Stay Away Order of Protection, resulting in additional charges of aggravated criminal contempt and aggravated family offense.

On November 17, 2023, he was transported from Steuben County Jail to NYSP Bath HQ for processing and subsequently returned to jail to await his next court appearance.