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Men charged with setting fires

Thursday, February 8, 2007

THAYER -- A Thayer man and a West Plains man are in the Oregon County Jail at Alton after they admitted setting a fire at Cover Lumber Company in Thayer.

Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said Donald J. Ashford, 18, of Thayer and Michael S. Boddie, 19, of West Plains were arrested and charged with felony arson Feb. 1 after the pair admitted starting a fire using railroad ties that damaged a pole building and lumber at Cover Lumber Company.

Damage to the pole barn and lumber have been estimated at $40,000.

Bond was set at $50,000 for each man. They will be arraigned in Oregon County Circuit Court Feb. 14.

The sheriff's department was assisted in the investigation by the Thayer Police Department.

Sheriff Ward said charges are pending in a vandalism investigation his department and the Thayer police are currently working on.

Thayer Police Chief Frank Bernard said there was a break-in at a city-owned garage where several vehicles are housed. The damage is being investigated with formal charges pending.

He said it is not known how the vandals entered the building, a lock on the garage door had pry marks on it, but it was not broken, he said.

One of the city-owned vehicles had a window broken, and a fire extinguisher had been discharged in the garage damaging the vehicles, Bernard said.

In all, three city owned bucket trucks and two pickup trucks were damaged in the incident, with estimated damages at over $3,000.

The damage to the vehicles was discovered Jan. 29 when city employees returned to work after the weekend.

Also on Jan. 29 officials with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad discovered two trains had been damaged. Bernard said the trains were parked approximately two miles from where the vandalism at the city garage occurred.

The cars were parked in the Thayer railroad yard for a crew change.

Though nothing was stolen from the trains, law enforcement officials said a fire extinguisher had been discharged on a coal train and a train car had been broken into and some items, including goggles and stuffed animals, had been tossed to the ground.

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