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Arson Arrest in Trigg County

Date of News Release: 12/18/2008

(Cadiz, KY) - A Trigg County man is behind bars after he allegedly set fire to his neighbor's house. At approximately 9:46 PM on December 17th, police were called to a suspicious fire at 278 Pink Swallow Lane near Cadiz. When officers responded, a strong odor of gasoline was present outside of the residence along with other items used to start a fire. The residence received minor damage due to the fire which was set near the rear exterior corner.

An image of Shawn Shirley, click here to enlarge image in a new windowAn investigation quickly ensued. Troopers and deputies followed tracks in the snow which led to the residence of Shawn Shirley, 31 years of age. After a brief interview at Shirley's residence, Shirley was placed under arrest and charged with Arson 1st Degree. Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Trigg County Sheriff's Office and the Trigg/Lyon Fire Department. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Richie Wright with the Kentucky State Police.

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