APPANOOSE COUNTY — On Monday, Oct. 8 at approximately 6:35 p.m. the Appanoose County Law Center received a report of a field on fire in the 27000 Block of 195th Avenue in Appanoose County, a press release from the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office released Wednesday said.
An investigation in to the fire resulted in a determination that the fire was intentionally set and ruled an arson case.
A joint investigation between the Appanoose County Sheriff and Centerville Police resulted in two juveniles being charged in the case.
Dakota Anthony Campbell, age 17, of Centerville and Jonathan D. Duzenberry, age 17, of Centerville were both charged with Arson in the 2nd Degree (Class “C” Felony) and Possession of an Explosive/Incendiary Device (Class “C” Felony).
Both Campbell and Duzenberry are being held in juvenile detention and awaiting further court proceedings.
The Sheriff’s Office and Police Department are actively conducting a joint investigation in to recent fires throughout Appanoose County and Centerville. Investigators are gathering evidence, conducting interviews and diligently working to establish if the fires are connected.
Both Sheriff Anderson and Chief Demry encourage citizens to report any strange vehicles, persons, or activity in the areas of their residences or rural areas.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.