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Watertown woman’s search for her cat prompts arrest


A woman who lost her home in the High Street blaze early Tuesday morning is summoned to court for allegedly breaking a window at the scene in a vain search for her missing cat, according to Watertown police.

Sophia M. Fuhrman, 53, of 300 Washington St., Apt. 309, was charged Sunday night with fourth-degree criminal mischief after police say she at 3:30 p.m. Friday punched out a two-by-two foot window on the south side of the fire-gutted apartment building at 239 High St. A police report indicates she was frustrated at getting no assistance from the police and fire departments in her search for the cat.

Not so, says Fire Chief Dale C. Herman. Although the fire department had released the fire scene to the owners, Ricky and Betty Jo Frazier, 23960 White Road, Glen Park, firefighters with the owners’ consent late Friday morning searched the building for a cat, but found none, he said.

The cat owner was advised to put out a bowl of food, he said.

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