MAYVILLE – The man accused of setting a fire that destroyed the historic Mayville Diner is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.
A Town of Chautauqua Court Clerk tells WNYNewsNow that Michael Ellis, 40, is scheduled to appear in court after 1 p.m.
Ellis, who owned the nearly 70-year-old diner, was charged with third-degree arson, a class C felony, following the December fire.
This will be Ellis’ first court appearance since he was charged. The court clerk says the case may be forwarded to Chautauqua County Court’s jurisdiction following his appearance in town court.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy on patrol first spotted smoke coming from the diner on Monday, December 9, just before 11 p.m.
Several area fire departments battled the blaze into the overnight hours. The diner was a total loss and demolished.