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Pottsville Man Under Arrest: Police say Drug Use Lead to Arson and Machete Attack

Posted on: 3:53 pm, May 25, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:00pm, May 26, 2013

POTTSVILLE — A teenager is safe after a statewide amber alert.

The police said her boyfriend was taken into custody on Saturday on charges of attempted criminal homicide and arson.

Stephen Campion Jr., 20, of Pottsville is in custody in Schuylkill County. He allegedly used a machete to attacked a woman in a basement then set the house on fire. Police say Campion had been using methamphetamine.

Campion was taken into custody Saturday afternoon when police found him walking on the Burma Road near St. Clair after a manhunt in and around Pottsville involving several agencies.

Police say it all started around 6 a.m. Saturday at a house on Howard Avenue in Pottsville. Witnesses said a bleeding woman walked up the stairs and said she had been attacked and the basement was on fire. She was taken to a hospital near Allentown.

Firefighters got to the scene in time to contain the fire to the lower level of the house, but windows were broken on the upper floors.

Neighbors were frightened. We spoke to one woman who said she heard the siren and started praying.

For several hours Saturday afternoon, there was an Amber Alert for Campion’s girlfriend, Kassidy Bowers, 17, who came home later in the day.

We spoke with her mom, Kim, who was very frightened for her safety after seeing the broken glass and blood on the sidewalk in front of the house.

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