On January 24, the Pike County Sheriff’s department and Curryville Fire Protection District responded to three separate fires. Taken into custody that night was Melvin J Yoder, 23, of rural Bowling Green.
The Sheriff’s office received the first report of a field on fire at 3:44 p.m. on route Y near Pike 477. Curryville Fire responded and extinguished the fire. The second fire was reported at 4:40 p.m. and was located near the first fire. At 7:03 p.m., a barn was reported on fire at the intersection of Pike 468 and Pike 475. When deputies arrived, the barn was fully engulfed and a nearby machine shed was partially on fire. In addition to Curryville, Bowling Green Rural Fire also responded.
A deputy had stopped Yoder in the area of the barn fire prior to it being reported. Another deputy identified Yoder as being at the first two field fires. Deputies located Yoder at his residence and he admitted to setting the fires.
Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher charged Yoder with two class C Felonies of Burglary for entering the two buildings and setting them on fire.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash only by the Honorable Judge David Ash. Yoder was in custody at the Pike County Jail at the time of this release.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.