Arson suspected in rash of county fires

Monday, November 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:59 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a series of fires late Friday night and early Saturday morning in southern Boone County.

Seemingly intentional fires were set in bales of straw and hay, according to a report issued by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The initials “AV” and the words “Ashland Vandals” were spray painted at some of the locations. Total property damage is in excess of $2,100, according to the report.

At 11:24 p.m. Friday, police and firefighters responded to the first of five fires. They found one bale of hay burning in the 2300 block of Fox Hollow Road. A few minutes later a second fire was reported in the 19000 block of South Mount Pleasant Road, where 40 bales of straw were on fire.

A third fire in the 11000 block of Highway DD burned 11 bales of hay, while a fourth fire burned one bale at the intersection of Route MM and Route M. The fifth fire burned 50 bales of hay at the intersection of Arnold Lane and U.S. 63. The case is under investigation.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, 875-1111, or Crime Stoppers, 875-TIPS.

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