Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shasta County: Suspected arsonist arrested

McArthur man accused of starting fires last year, early this year

Joshua Jack Charlton

Accused Arsonist - Joshua Jack Charlton

Arson investigators have arrested a 20-year-old McArthur man in connection with a rash of fires in northeastern Shasta County between June and February, according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection press statement.

Joshua Jack Charlton was booked into Shasta County Jail today on suspicion of six felony arson counts. The investigation will continue to determine if additional charges can be filed against Charlton, according to the press statement.

The fires Charlton is suspected of setting were quickly contained, CalFire Unit Chief Michael Chuchel said in a press statement. But the blazes threatened homes, he said.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office and Mayers Memorial Hospital District helped CalFire with the investigation, according to the press statement.

Charlton was held in jail without bail.

Anyone with additional information about the fires may call CalFire at (800) 468-4408. Callers can remain anonymous.

Source:www.redding.com - Link

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