Thursday, September 13, 2007
State fire marshal offers cash reward
By SUE WATSON
The state fire marshal’s office has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects who set fire to the ATM machine at Slayden Bank, according to Tracy Jeffries, Marshall County fire investigator.
The fire was ignited at the ATM drive-through on August 23 at 1 a.m. causing about $10,000 damage to the machine, he said.
“One male suspect wearing gloves, a hood and baggy clothes was caught on tape,” Jeffries said.
The suspect is estimated to be about five feet 10 inches and to weigh about 200 pounds.
No money was taken, he said.
Anyone with leads in this arson is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 662-252-1311, Marshall County dispatch at 662-851-7606 or the state fire marshal’s office at 601-359-1061 or 1-888-648-0877.
Jeffries is also asking anyone with information on the origin of several grass and forest fires to contact him at 662-851-7600 dispatch. The fires of particular interest are the forest fire set on Puppy Hill Road and Bethlehem Road below Waterford in August and the grass fire set on Hernando Road in the Red Banks area.
The burn ban is still in effect in Marshall County, Jeffries said.
“Please be advised that control burns are not being permitted until the burn ban is lifted,” he said. “This includes no burning of limbs, leaves, trash piles or any materials.”
Burning of old tires or household garbage is prohibited by county ordinances, he said, and are not permitted at any time.
Jeffries said most of the grass fires are caused by someone attempting a control burn and letting it get out of control.
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