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Friday, November 20, 2009

Arson charges

A Cabins man has been arrested for allegedly having a connection to the blazes on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 that left the Smoke Hole Caverns gift shop and restaurant in a pile of ashes.

Brent Michael Combs, 25, has been charged with one count of first-degree arson, one count of second-degree arson and three separate counts of injury caused by arson. He is being housed in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on a $285,000 bond.

According to Grant County Sheriff Deputy S.L. Wrachford, Combs has obtained legal counsel. Authorities do not know what motives Combs may have had for allegedly setting the fires.

The fires are still under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff's Department and state fire marshal's office. The state fire marshal's office is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons connected with the crime. Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Department at 304-257-1818 or Assistant Fire Marshal Patrick Barker at 1-800-233-FIRE.


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