Former Auburn football player charged with arson

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Federal agents have arrested and charged
former Auburn University punter Tommy Lunceford Jr. with arson,
obstruction of justice and intimidating law enforcement officers in
a fire that destroyed his restaurant building in Gulf Shores.

Mike Messinger of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives office in Mobile says the 62-year-old Lunceford was
arrested Tuesday at his home in Gulf Shores.

Authorities allege Nick's restaurant was burned in 2007 for
insurance money.

The building had been leased to Nick and Cathy Cascario, who narrowly escaped the fire.

Lunceford has maintained his innocence and was set for an
initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Mobile.

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