From Staff Reports
Two separate arson investigations have resulted in arrests or indictments, according to information released this week by Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh.
On Sept. 26, the Henderson County Grand Jury handed up indictments for Arson of a Habitat and Conspiracy to Commit Arson to James L. Woodson, Frieda Sue Price, and Betty Yvonne McCabe.
According to the press release from Furrh, the indictments are connected to a structure fire in Cherokee Shores that was handled by Payne Springs Fire Rescue.
The residence was vacant at the time of the fire, which was extinguished without any trouble.
An investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office determined that it had been intentionally set. Deputy Fire Marshal Shane Renberg was assigned as the primary investigating officer, and after nearly three weeks of investigation, warrants were issued for Woodson and Price. The investigation also showed that McCabe, who lives in Arkansas and is the owner of the property, was involved as well.
Furrh said, “The Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office for their help and presentation of this case to the … Grand Jury and the further prosecution of this case.”
Arson of a Habitation is a first degree felony.
In an unrelated case, Gene M. Dotson was arrested for Arson of a Habitation on Sept. 28, according to Furrh.
Dotson’s arrest is in connection with a residence fire near Seven Points in July.
According to the press release, Deputy Fire Marshal Danny Wilson investigated and learned that Dotson had been injured in the fire. He met Dotson in the emergency room at ETMC in Gun Barrel City and learned the man’s burns were suffered in the house fire. Dotson was transferred to Parkland hospital for treatment of his burns. The Fire Marshal’s Office worked for two months to secure the evidence against Dotson.
Dotson is currently in Henderson County Jail.