By Kelly Young
A Jacksonville man was arrested last week after a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department investigation determined he intentionally burned down his mother’s travel trailer.
Phillip Mitchell, 18, was charged with arson for the crime, which allegedly occurred Feb. 20, just south of Jacksonville on U.S. Highway 69, near the bowling alley.
“The initial call came through to the fire department at about 4:15 p.m. Deputy (Richard) Gould arrived at the scene, spoke with the parties involved and contacted our arson investigator Jack White,” said Chief Investigator Chris White. “The scene was processed for evidence, and we interviewed a witness to the crime who made a statement implicating Mr. Mitchell’s involvement in the fire.”
According to White, the victim’s trailer was being stored on a friend’s property, and the victim was visiting those friends at the time of the crime.
“The suspect originally stated he had discarded a cigarette which had caused the fire, but we were able to determine that that was not correct. The witness said that Mitchell appeared to be upset, and while his mother was talking to her friends, he began trying to find a way to get back at his mother by beating on her car window with his fist. It was at this time that they noticed the trailer to be on fire,” White said.
Mitchell was arrested, and was later arraigned by Justice of the Peace Brenda Dominy. His bond was set at $30,000. He was also arrested for aggravated assault last November.
The travel trailer was a complete loss.
The following arrests were made by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Public Safety for the period of Feb. 19 through Feb. 25.
• Demetrick Alexander Jr., failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000.
• Deandri Argumon, parole violation and failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000, and he is being held.
• Curtis L. Beck, driving with invalid license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fines were set at $160 and $150.
• Kelly R. Berry, theft by check. Bond was set at $500.
• Richard M. Blackmon, possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $1,000.
• George E. Bonner, salvage vehicle license violation. Bond was set at $2,000.
• Crystal L. Bourque, burglary of a coin operated machine. Bond was set at $2,500.
• K.D. Dixon, giving a false report to a police officer. Bond was set at $1,000.
• Edward Gray III, possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated. Bonds were set at $1,000 and $1,000.
• Anthony L. Hibbler, failure to pay child support and theft by check. No bond was offered.
• Kristin L. Holland, evading arrest with a vehicle. No bond was offered.
• Kenny B. Lankford, driving while intoxicated (second offense). Bond was set at $2,000.
• John R. McDade, aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of theft by check and driving with invalid license (all Smith County warrants). Bonds were set at $150,000, $5,000, $5,000 and 700.
• Elliott A. Mitchell, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. No bond was offered.
• Phillip W. Mitchell, arson. Bond was set at $30,000.
• Eddie M. Moore, driving with invalid license, possession of drug paraphernalia and open container. Fines were set at $500, $300 and $300.
• Bobby D. Pace, failure to pay child support. No bond was offered.
• Curtis W. Pieper, failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000.
• Morris O. Ray, possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $3,500.
• Joel R. Silva, violation of a protective order. Bond was set at $1,500.
• William J. Solis, failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000.
• Emmitt M. Waller Jr., two counts of driving while intoxicated (third or more offense). No bond was offered.
• Kevin W. Ward, burglary of a building and parole violation. No bond was offered.
• Jeffery D. Whitaker, possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $1,000.
By Kelly Young