Local man charged in 14 woods arson cases
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 10, 2014, 17:44
A local man was arrested this week and charged with 14 counts of woods arson in connection with several fires last year in north-east Hancock County.
Hancock County deputies, last month, arrested Tyron Ladner, 40, on an outstanding simple assault warrant.
Ladner listed a Gulfport address, but has lived in Hancock County, officials said.
On Wednesday, the Mississippi Forestry Commission charged Ladner with 14 separate counts of arson.
Forestry Commission Investigator Randy Wilson said Friday that the arsons allegedly took place between Oct. 28 and Nov. 15 of 2013.
Wilson said about 28 acres of land was burned as a result of the fires. No structures were damaged and there were no injuries during the blazes, he said.
The fires were set in the Necaise Crossing community in the north-east part of the county, he said.
Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver on Thursday set a $14,000 cash bond for Ladner at an initial hearing.
A preliminary hearing date was set for February, officials said.
The motive for the arson has not been released, Wilson said.
If convicted, Ladner faces up to 40 years in prison.