A Coalton man who was arrested for arson this week is free on bond.
West Virginia State Police charged Raymond Yeager II, 42, Wednesday with third-degree arson and destruction of property, both felonies, for allegedly burning items that belonged to a woman who lived with him.
Yeager made bond - which was set at $20,000 cash, surety or property - on Wednesday and is awaiting preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, at approximately 11 a.m. Sept. 19, WVSP Communications notified Trooper M.J. Wilson with the Elkins detachment of a verbal altercation in process at Yeager's residence on Route 53 in Coalton.
When Wilson arrived on scene, a woman who identified herself as Joyce Main told Wilson that she was in the midst of moving out when she got into a verbal argument with Yeager. Main said Yeager was "not allowing" her to remove the remaining items that belonged to her from the residence, the complaint stated.
Main also told Wilson that she found one of her laundry baskets filled with clothes and bedding in the bed of Yeager's 2009 silver Chevrolet Silverado - and that the contents of the basket had been burned. Wilson then observed "a laundry basket which appeared to be burned and a pile of feathers" in the bed of Yeager's truck.
When questioned by Wilson, Yeager denied burning Main's belongings and "stated people had been burning things on his property since (Joyce Main) started moving out," Wilson wrote in the report.
Main told Wilson that prior to its incineration, the laundry basket had contained four pairs of jeans, six sweaters, four designer scarves, four pairs of tights and one down comforter totaling $3,239.
The penalty for a person convicted of third-degree arson is one to three years in the state penitentiary; the penalty for a person convicted of destruction of property (felony) is a fine of $2,500 or one to 10 years in the state penitentiary.
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