Marshall Co. Fire Captain Charged with 5 Arsons

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The captain of the Ruth Volunteer Fire Department has been charged in a string of arsons on Brindley Mountain.

Steven Christopher Owens, a 24-year-old resident of Arab, was charged with five counts of second-degree arson and released from
the Marshall County jail on a $5,000 bond Saturday.

Owens has been a member of the Ruth Volunteer Fire Department for more than one year. Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls said Monday he didn't know if Owens had a lawyer.

Walls said his office got a request four weeks ago to help the Ruth department investigate a string of arson cases in the Ruth community, which is just outside of Arab. Three unoccupied homes burned in July and August, and two others burned before July.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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