Authorities investigating arson fires of four tractor-trailers in Kingdom City

Thursday, May 13, 2010 | 5:25 p.m. CDT; updated 2:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 14, 2010
The Callaway County Sheriff's Department released this image of a person of interest in the arson investigation.

COLUMBIA — Authorities in Callaway County are investigating the arson fires of four tractor-trailers parked at two Kingdom City truck stops that happened Tuesday, said Lieutenant Tim Osburn of the Callaway County Sheriff's Department.

Three of the fires were started at the Petro Truck Stop located at 3304 Gold Road, and the other was started at Gasper's Truck Plaza, 3325 County Road 211.


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According to Osburn, several witnesses at the truck stops reported the fires around 9:30 p.m. Three of the four drivers were still asleep inside their vehicles when the fires were started. Osburn said at least one of the drivers had to be woken up and told to evacuate the tractor by a witness at the scene.

Authorities are still searching for the person or persons involved.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department at 642-7291, CrimeStoppers at 592-2474, or the Arson hotline at 800-392-7766.

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D May 14, 2010 | 11:09 a.m.

This is my husband. He already told authorities that he is innocent. He had truck problems and replaced the fuel filter and needed some diesel. Now his face is splattered all over the place like a criminal. Can the press undo the damage that has been done to an innocent man? I am sure not since it would not make a good story. He is so upset, he has been a truck driver for over 20 years and now this.

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Theresa Baughman May 14, 2010 | 1:56 p.m.

He has been employed with us for several years and what his wife said is true, can the damage be UNDONE???? We have
his receipts that he was having truck trouble and if anyone knows about trucks, you would know that you have to have about a gallon of diesel to PRIME THE FUEL FILTER on a truck to get it going again! Things like this can create alot of problems!!!! What will happen if someone has his picture up and he goes in to a truck stop and they DON"T KNOW THAT HE IS NOT THE GUY and PEOLPE take the MATTER INTO THEIR OWN HANDS!!!!! SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!!! My husband has talked several times with the law enforcement and a local business owner in Kingdom City. As the old saying goes " Someone put the cart before the horse".

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