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Developer Charged With Additional Crimes

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven property developer charged in a series of arsons has been arrested on more allegations in connection with a house explosion and a vehicle fire in the Elm City.

State authorities charged 46-year-old Angelo Reyes with several crimes Thursday and detained him on $1.5 million bail. He’s to be arraigned Friday in New Haven Superior Court.

The new charges are related to a 2008 explosion that destroyed a Downing Street home near a laundromat Reyes owned and a 2009 vehicle fire on Quinnipiac Avenue.

Reyes also faces federal charges for alleged arsons. He was arrested in 2010 by federal authorities who alleged he conspired to burn down properties for profit. But Reyes has won acclaim for renovating blighted properties in the Fair Haven neighborhood.

Reyes has denied wrongdoing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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