Bowling manager charged with arson makes bail

The News Leader

February 27, 2010 10:22:33 AM PST
The manager of a bowling alley in southern New Jersey accused of hiring two people to set a rival alley ablaze last month has been freed on bail. Steven Smink of Philadelphia - who had unsuccessfully sought a bail reduction earlier this month - left the Cumberland County Jail on Thursday after posting $400,000 bail.

County prosecutors say the 47-year-old Smink, who manages the Pike Lanes Family Fun Center in Deerfield, paid $200 to $300 each to 21-year-old Felix Antonio Manzano and a 17-year-old boy - both Philadelphia residents - to set the Jan. 11 fire. It destroyed Loyle Lanes in Vineland, the only other bowling alley in the largely rural county.

Telephone messages left for Smink and his lawyer were not immeidately returned Saturday.