On Thursday, December 5th, Lori A. Labarack was charged with arson, a felony of the second degree, for allegedly setting her boyfriend's house on fire. Labarack, age 50, who resides in the 100 block of May Street in Camp Hill, is being held at York County Prison after Fairview Township police gathered enough evidence to have her charged with the crime. According to a report in PennLive, Labarck intentionally set the fire at the home belonging to her boyfriend located on the 600 block of Old York Road. Direct witness testimony along with a fire marshal's report stating that the blaze was not accidental was enough evidence the police needed to arrest Labarack for arson.
As reported in PennLive on Friday,December 6th, Fairview Township Detective Jarrett L. Boyles's arrest papers allege that Labarack set fire to Gregory Carter's home because he declined to help her cover up a crime that was committed earlier in the day and threatened to report her to the authorities. According to Carter, he told Labarack that she had 30 minutes to get her car out of his garage and to vacate his home before he would contact the authorities. With only five minutes left on the clock, Labarack and Carter got into a verbal argument about the situation. A neighbor reported seeing Carter's back porch engulfed in flames as Labarack ran away from the property. A 911 call was made at 4:26 pm to report the fire.
Only a couple of hours prior to the call to report the fire, Labarack is alleged to have been driving in the area of Fishing Creek and Old York Roads when she rear-ended another car. Police officers responding to the hit and run accident contacted Carter who told them to contact Labarack. When they reached her by phone, she denied involvement saying she was visiting a sick friend at Holy Spirit Hospital. East Pennsboro police searched the hospital grounds for Labarack's car but came up empty. Carter said that Labarack's car was parked inside his garage, and she told him she needed help concealing the crime as she had been drinking alcohol prior to the vehicle accident. Carter's refusal to provide refuge was allegedly what motivated Labarack to set his house on fire.
Unless Labarack is able to post bond, she will remain incarcerated in county jail at least until her preliminary hearing on Thursday, December 12th in York County Court where the judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to prove that she committed the crime. If convicted of second-degree arson for endangering property, Labarack could face a seven-ten year prison sentence. If Carter or another person were injured in the fire, arson endangering persons is a felony in the first degree carrying stricter penalties. Had Labarack not set Carter's house on fire and just been charged with leaving the scene of the accident, she might not be sitting in a jail cell. For an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle or property, Pennsylvania law recognizes this crime as a misdemeanor of the third degree which is punishable by a fine of $2,500, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. If Labarack was a first-time offender, she would likely have had to only pay the fine and the cost of damages to the driver's car. Even if she had been drinking alcohol prior to driving, enough time passed that even a blood test would not be enough to prove she was driving under the influence. Regardless of how the situation could have played out different, Labarack could find herself sitting in state prison for a good many years. Carter's home sits in charred ruins. A lover's quarrel ended bad all the way around.