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01/20/2015

Three Arrested Following Fire in the Moshat Community

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 According to information released by Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, three people have been arrested for causing a fire, which destroyed several vehicles last night. Firefighters with Spring Creek, McCord’s, and Centre Fire Departments responded to a reported structure fire around 7:30 PM. Firefighters arrived on-scene to find several vehicles and a box style van on fire along with several acres of woods. Cherokee County Fire Investigator Shawn Rogers arrived on-scene and began investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire. Investigator Rogers spoke with the property owners who stated that they have had continuous problems with people coming onto their property without permission. After the fire was extinguished it was determined that one of the vehicles that caught fire and burned, belonged to the one of the suspects mother. Deputies responding to the scene located the three suspects walking up U.S. Highway 411 North, away from the fire scene. The three suspects were identified as Adam Keith McGee age 21, Joseph Travis Lindsey age 18, and 21 year old Brittany Elaine Crawford all from Cedartown, Georgia. McGee, Lindsey, and Crawford were detained and after the scene was processed all three suspects were interviewed, it was determined that the suspects came onto the property to steal scrap metal and while doing so their vehicle became stuck in the mud and the grass caught on fire due to the heat from the exhaust on the vehicle. Several vehicles belonging to the property owner were destroyed by the fire along with the vehicle that the suspects were in. Adam McGee, Joseph Lindsey, and Brittany Crawford were charged with Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree, and Willful, Malicious, or Intentionally setting a grass or woods fire. All three are currently being housed in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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