Fireman sentenced for arson

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 25, 2004

A Windsor Township firefighter charged with setting a fire on state-owned land was sentenced last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

According to information from Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr.'s Office, Capt. Carl Dillon, of 275 Skinner Hollow Road, Proctorville, entered guilty pleas earlier this month to charges of arson and possession of criminal tools. On Wednesday of last week, Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown ordered Dillon to serve four years community controlled sanction under intensive supervised probation on each charge, to be served concurrently. If he violates the terms of his sanctions, Dillon could go to prison for up to four years. McCown also ordered Dillon to pay restitution and gave him credit for time already served awaiting conclusion of his case.

The Windsor Township firefighter was arrested in late February in connection with a Feb. 19 fire at the Crown City State Wildlife Area. According to a written release from the Ohio Department of Commerce, the arrest came after the investigation into several fires recently on state lands in Lawrence County.

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A Chesapeake man accused in connection with the armed holdup of a Burlington gas station

was also sentenced last week.

Tendoy Huffman, 20, of 421 Third Avenue, Chesapeake, one of four men accused of holding up the Burlington Speedway

in September 2003,

pleaded guilty to attempt to commit complicity to burglary last week.

He will spend four years in prison but McCown gave him credit for time served awaiting conclusion of his case. Huffman will report to authorities May 26.

Three other men, Carl L. Evans, 19, and Alan Mills, 18, both of 1 Lunsford Lane and Jaime Alvaro Jr., 19, of 217 Second Ave., Chesapeake, each pleaded guilty last month to their parts in the incident.

An Ironton man who allegedly used his prison ID card to try to cash a stolen check signed a bill of information last week on theft by deception and forgery charges.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton ordered Emory Burke, 23, of 104 Scott Ave., to serve 8 months in prison and ordered him to pay $340 in restitution as well.

Burke was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly stole checks out of a neighbor's mail box and then forged one check and cashed it in the lobby of Classic Bank for $350. He later allegedly went through the drive-through and attempted to cash a second check, using his prison ID for the required identification. Burke had gotten out of prison March 5 for a similar crime, authorities said.