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Ex-emergency manager has yet to resolve charges

Daniel D’Albini awaiting trial on purported 2018 arson of residence

A Hillsboro business owner and a Salina woman have settled criminal charges filed in Saline County District Court stemming from a Jan. 28, 2018, arson of a rural Salina residence, but charges against former Marion County emergency manager Daniel D’Albini, 57, are still pending.

Chuck Maltbie, 51, who owns spa manufacturing and contracting business Home Resort in Hillsboro, was arrested last February on suspicion of insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

Maltbie entered a diversion agreement with the state attorney general’s office.

On the same day, D’Albini, of Marion, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson, insurance fraud, making a false police report, and theft by deception.

D’Albini was the owner of the house just west of Salina, which was found to be a total loss.

Also arrested was Sandra Ann Davis, 51, Salina, on suspicion of arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Davis pleaded guilty in December to arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in March in Saline County District Court.

According to the state attorney general’s office, an investigation by the Saline County sheriff’s office found that in January 2018, Davis conspired with a co-defendant to set fire to a residence as a part of a plan to collect insurance money.

Davis eventually set fire to the residence, resulting in a total loss.

A driver on Interstate 135 spotted the fire and reported it, but the house was engulfed by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.

According to the Saline County appraiser’s web site, a tool shed, garage, barn, and farm utility building remain on the property.

Last modified Dec. 31, 2019