Indictments and arrests announced in Huntington arson investigat - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Indictments and arrests announced in Huntington arson investigations

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.

The Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney's Office released new details about the rash of arsons that has plagued Huntington and parts of Guyandotte.

During a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, prosecutor Chris Chiles issued the following statement: 

"The Huntington Fire Department, Huntington Police Department, State Fire Marshal's Office and my office have all been actively involved in the investigation of these fires. Today, we can announce that three individuals were indicted last week by the Cabell County Grand Jury for First Degree Arson. Brent M. Broce was indicted for a fire at 511 West Ninth Avenue on January 12, 2012; Quinton Kennie was indicted for a fire at 831 West Ninth Street on February 2, 2012; and Thomas Atkins was indicted for a fire at 1415 Fourth Avenue on September 24, 2010. The penalty for First Degree Arson is up to 20 years in prison." 

A news release, Chiles also stated, "In addition to those three individuals, the police have also arrested a Patrick Adkins on a charge of First Degree Arson for an arson at 1669 Twelfth Avenue, which occurred on March 20, 2012. Also, yesterday a juvenile was charged in a juvenile petition with Fourth Degree Arson for setting a dumpster on fire at 925 Third Street at the Huntington Middle School." 

That juvenile's name will not be released, and those charges are accusations as these individuals are presumed innocent as of now. 

Chiles said that the investigation into the series of fires continues and authorities are still taking tips from the public and looking them up.

Cabell County officials are urging people to remain vigilant and report anything unusual around their homes.