The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

March 22, 2013

Man arrested at Victor fire scene

A Victor man is behind bars in the Southern Regional Jail after he tried to prevent fire crews from putting out a fire at his own home, located along Saturday Road, Wednesday evening. A preliminary examination of the fire scene indicates a possibility that the fire was intentionally started, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said.

Ralph Allen Bostick, 50, allegedly stood in the road and attempted to stop Ansted and Nuttall fire department firefighters from reaching the home that was on fire, Kessler stated. Bostick allegedly told firefighters “Let it burn.”

When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene, they saw Bostick, who was visibly intoxicated, trying to walk away. Kessler stated that a preliminary investigation at Bostick’s home indicated that Appalachian Electric Power had disconnected the service, but someone had reconnected the electric.

Deputies then took Bostick into custody and charged him with two counts of obstructing a firefighter, defrauding a public utility and public intoxication.

The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation by Corporal J.R. McMullen and Detective W.K. Willis of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 304-574-4216 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867. Tips may also be submitted through the crime tips section of the sheriff’s office website, http://fayettesheriffwv.net, or on the department’s Facebook page, “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.”

 

1
Text Only
Police/Courts
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
CNHI Specials