Coal Grove woman arraigned for alleged arson

Published 9:53 am Friday, July 10, 2009

IRONTON — A Coal Grove woman arrested Tuesday night in connection with starting a fire that burnt down the Ridgeway Street home she was allegedly being evicted from was arraigned Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court.

Jonna Turley, 31, appeared before Judge O. Clark Collins who read and explained the aggravated arson charge against her. Unable to afford her own legal counsel, Collins appointed Mike Davenport as her attorney.

Collins set Turley’s bond at $25,000 cash or surety. She is next scheduled to appear in Ironton Municipal Court on July 16 for a preliminary hearing.

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Turley is accused of intentionally setting fire to the rental unit she lived in with her roommate and their three children.

Three people, including a Coal Grove firefighter, were injured in the blaze.

After firefighters and police arrived, Turley was found lying in a nearby ditch allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office said the fire was set in the living room area of the home. They have not identified how the fire was started or what types of accelerants were used. Firefighters deemed the home “a total loss.”

Turley remains in Lawrence County Jail.