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Sister Of Suicide Victim Charged With Torching Paterson Shed Overnight

Amanda Weiland
Amanda Weiland Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- A 26-year-old North Bergen woman who said her Park Ridge brother hanged himself two years ago tried torching a shed in a Paterson backyard overnight Wednesday, but a Passaic County sheriff's officer stopped her, authorities said.

Passaic County Sheriff's Corporal Craig Goodson "was in the area of East 18th Street near Van Houten Street just after 3 a.m. when he smelled a strong odor of smoke," Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

Goodson grabbed Amanda Weiland, who'd just jumped a fence after igniting the fire, he said.

City firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, the sheriff said.

Weiland, who was wanted on warrants out of Paterson and Wayne, was charged with arson and burglary, he said. Bail hadn't been determined as of mid-Wednesday morning.

Weiland established a GoFundMe page for herself after her brother killed himself in October 2014 -- the same as she said their father did when both were very young.

The page, which raised more than $1,000 of a $6,000 goal, says she'd taken a medical leave from school while in the last year of obtaining her bachelor's degree at Ramapo University because she was "having an impossibly hard time coping" with his death.

"I'm hoping I can raise enough money through this campaign not only to afford grief counciling but so I can purchase a headstone for my brother and settle the last of the costs from the services," she wrote.

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