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Trinity County grand jury indicts Groveton firefighter on arson charges
Houston County Courier

GROVETON - A Trinity County grand jury has indicted a Groveton man on three counts of arson that burned more than 36 acres in and adjacent to the Davy Crockett National Forest. According to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer John Amegin, Kenny P. Woychesin III, 21, of Groveton, was indicted in connection with three fires between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 while he was a member of the Groveton Volunteer Fire Department. The fires Woychesin is accused of starting include: The J.V. Price Road Fire, set on Aug. 16, when paper and leaves were lit by matches in a woodpile that destroyed two out buildings and a camper. Forest Service Road 501 fire set on Aug. 30, when a lit cigarette was used to light pine needles and dead leaves. Forest Service Road 501 fire set on Sept. 2, when a still smoldering stick from the Aug. 30 fire was thrown across the Forest Service Road to unburned land. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Sam Shanafelt and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty by due process of law.

 

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