the staff of the Ridgewod blog
MONTICELLO NY, The Kenoza Lake man and former Village of Ridgewood resident has been accused of cutting a propane tank line and igniting it at the Sunoco Country Store at 5 Center Street in Jeffersonville is “a good father, excellent husband, comes from a good family, etc.,” his wife wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged Jacques Pluss, 65, with arson in connection with the Saturday afternoon incident where his wife, Jessica Stephens, works. He remains in the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
In her Facebook post, Pluss’ wife wrote that ” It has come to my attention that people are checking out my husband’s page due to his being arrested for “allegedly” starting a fire at my work. People are entitled to their opinions under the First Amendment and everyone has an opinion. However, if you really had checked his page you would know he is a Vietnam Veteran with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, has a PhD, was a well loved and popular professor, a good father, excellent husband, comes from a good family, etc. Also, last time I checked, people are supposed to be innocent UNTIL proven guilty. People seem to have forgotten that. But those who know and love him know the truth and that’s what matters.”
Oddly Pluss reported the fire on his page , “During the afternoon of September 29, 2018, a fire emanating from an apparently cut and sparked propane tank line seriously damaged the rear outside south west of the Country Kitchen and Store attached to a Sunoco Gas Station owned by the Verona Oil Company. There were no casualties, and two patrons cleared the Store before any very severe damage could occur. The Jeffersonville NY Fire Department and a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived shortly thereafter to take care of the remainder of the disaster and briefly question any staff and patrons on hand when the fire apparently started. There were no arrests, and of this writing, the authorities have no exact idea how the conflagration began. This writer does not know whether or not the Store is open for full business as of this report, October 1, 2018.”
If his name sounds familiar according to NJ Advance Media in 2011, Pluss filed a federal lawsuit claiming he and his girlfriend, now his wife, were brutalized during a police search of his Ridgewood, New Jersey apartment on Heights Road in January 2011, The allegations stem from a warrant police served at Pluss’ apartment, after police learned that he made several threats over the Internet against Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman. Pluss was later charged with bias intimidation and harassment.
There is apparently more to Pluss’ past Dr. Jacques Pluss is former Fairleigh Dickinson professor with ties to neo-Nazi organizations. According to an Associated Press report in May 2005, Pluss was a member of the neo-Nazis and professor at New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was dismissed in March 2005 when it was learned he was a member of the National Socialist Movement, which AP said bills itself as the America’s Nazi Party.