WILLIAMSON - A West Virginia State Fire Marshal said a Delbarton man conspired with a teen to burn down the old Burch High School library annex building. He was among four others arrested this week in Mingo County.
Kevin Edward Urban, 18, was charged with second-degree arson, breaking and entering and conspiracy on Thursday.
On Sept. 30, Urban and an unidentified juvenile male attempted to set fire inside the library annex building by lighting paper on fire and throwing it onto piles of papers and boxes lying inside, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court.
State Fire Marshal Larry Hamrick investigated the fire and discovered a window covered with wood that Urban had broken out to hop inside and open the main door for the juvenile and an unidentified woman, according to the complaint.
Hamrick said a small room inside the library annex building had several cardboard boxes set on fire and the fire had progressed and spread from the boxes and up the walls. The fire was confined to that small room, Hamrick said.
Urban was arraigned in Mingo Magistrate Court and later released. It is unclear at press time if the juvenile male was also arrested.
On Friday, Hamrick charged a Baisden man with first-degree arson after he allegedly set fire to his double-wide trailer.
Donovan Leon Lester, 25, set fire to his double-wide located at 404 Baisden Road on March 8, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo Magistrate Court.
Hamrick worked with a confidential informant who shared text messages allegedly sent by Lester stating "that he had burned it in the middle part of the home." The fire was later determined to be "incendiary in cause," according to the complaint.
Lester was being held Friday in Southwestern Regional Jail in lieu of a $15,000 or 10 percent bail.
This week, Mingo County Sheriff's Department deputies said a Kermit couple staged a car accident and then falsely reported injuries to their insurance company.
Leanna Richardson, 26, and Ronald Glen Richardson, 34, were each charged with making fraudulent claims to insurance companies, computer fraud and conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo Magistrate Court.
At about 4 a.m. on Sept. 12, Leanna Richardson woke up her mother, Mary Baisden, and they drove Baisden's silver 2006 Pontiac G6 along County Route 2. Leanna Richardson and Baisden got out of the car and then Ronald Richardson got in and struck a utility pole multiple times, according to the complaint. They then drove home and later to Tug Valley ARH Medical Center for treatment.
Baisden called her Geico car insurance and filed a claim for the accident and injuries, according to the complaint.
Deputies discovered that Leanna and Ronald Richardson had gone online days before and expanded their insurance to medical coverage of $4,000 per person limit.
Mingo Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. N. Mines and Chief Deputy Joe Smith led the investigation.
Leanna Richardson is being held on Friday in Southwestern Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 or 10 percent bail. Ronald Richardson is being held on a $20,000 or 10 percent bail.
Mary Baisden cooperated with deputies, according to the complaint.
Travis Crum is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He may be reached by phone at 304-236-6497.