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November 8, 2013

Powers accused of five counts of arson

CENTERVILLE — On Thursday, Nov. 7 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Kevin Wade Powers, 23, of Centerville was arrested at the Centerville Law Center and charged with three counts of arson first degree, each count being a class B felony and two counts of arson second degree, each count being a class C felony, according to a press release issued by the Centerville Police Department Thursday afternoon.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation by the Centerville Police Department into the multiple arson fires that were set in the square area.  

The investigation began on Aug. 23 at approximately 12:11 a.m. when the department responded to the report of a truck on fire in the 100 block of West Washington Street. On Sept. 13 at approximately 11:46 p.m. the department responded to another truck on fire in the 100 block of West Washington Street. On Sept. 15 at approximately 2:09 a.m. the department responded to the report of a couch on fire in the alley behind the businesses in the 300 block of North 12th Street. On Sept. 25 at approximately 9:29 p.m. the department responded to a trash fire in the alley behind the businesses in the 300 block of North 12th Street. On Oct. 25 at approximately 11:33 p.m. the department responded to a trash fire in the alley behind the businesses in the 200 block of North 12th Street.  

Powers is currently being held in the Appanoose County Jail with no bond pending his initial appearance with the Appanoose County magistrate.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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