New Jersey cop indicted for attempted murder, arson in fire at police captain's home

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NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — A central New Jersey police officer faces arson and attempted murder counts stemming from a fire at the home of his police captain.

A grand jury in Middlesex County handed up the indictment against Edison police officer Michael Dotro on Friday.

Dotro is accused of setting fire to police captain Mark Anderko's home in Monroe Township in May 2013. Anderko's wife, two children and mother were in the house at the time but weren't injured.

Dotro was arrested last May and pleaded not guilty. He also was charged in the indictment with criminal mischief, possessing a destructive device, hindering and retaliation. Dotro's wife was charged with hindering.

Dotro's lawyer couldn't immediately be reached Saturday.

Authorities have said Dotro was angry about a recent transfer and a forced psychological evaluation.

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