Montrose woman facing arson charge


MONTROSE — A 61-year old Montrose woman has been charged with second degree arson after allegedly burning a trailer to the ground on Sunday.

Carla Shreve, who police say used a cigarette lighter to ignite the blaze, is currently lodged in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Deputy Z.T. Pingley of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene on 322 Prosperous Lane for a suspected arson call to 911, according to the criminal complaint. Once on scene Pingley spoke to members of the Leading Creek Volunteer Fire Department, who stated that Shreve admitted to setting the trailer on fire.

Shreve agreed to speak to the deputy without an attorney present and told the officer that the trailer was on her property but it belonged to someone else, who was currently in prison, the complaint states. The trailer was dilapidated and no one lived in it, but there were personal items and old furniture left behind by the owner, police said.

Shreve told officers that she wanted the trailer off her property, so she used a cigarette lighter to light a napkin on fire over a wooden area inside the trailer. The trailer then caught on fire and she watched it burn until the fire department arrived on scene, according to court documents.

The police report states that while officers spoke to Shreve, she was displaying signs of being in an altered mental state. She said she was hearing voices inside her head and that the voices told her that judgment day was coming and everything will be on fire soon anyway.


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