Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 12, 2012

Crab Orchard man charged with arson of cemetery property


Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — A Crab Orchard man was arrested last week on a warrant signed by an officer with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Division of Forestry Crime Unit, according to court documents.

Bill Ray Wells, 75, 533 Fred Braddock Rd., Crab Orchard, is charged with one count of arson, according to an arrest report filed by Cumberland County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Scott Iles.

Wells was arrested as he was leaving General Sessions Court on Dec. 3 where he was present for an unrelated issue. He was booked and later released under $500 bond.

The arrest warrant was signed by Pete Merz of the Division of Forestry's investigative unit and the affidavit reads that Wells is accused of setting fire to the Antioch Cemetery in the Hebbertsburg community on Nov. 14, and that Wells had given him a written statement concerning the fire.

Wells is to appear in General Sessions Court on Dec. 17 to answer the charge.