Alleged arsonists behind bars on $250K bond

| August 13, 2010

POMEROY — The three men and woman charged in the Monday arson at Hemlock Grove Church of Christ remain in jail on quarter million-dollar bonds.

Christopher Divers, 19, New Haven, W.Va., Jeffrey M. Mullins, 18, Rutland, and Joseph Satterfield, 19, Racine, appeared before County Court Judge Steven L. Story on charges of breaking and entering, arson and desecration. Erin L. Hawkins, 23, Pomeroy, is charged with B&E, desecration and complicity to commit arson and also appeared in court yesterday.

Story set bond for each one at $250,000, with 10 percent cash, property security or surety bond permitted. All four remained in jail at press time.

All four were found to be indigent and attorneys were appointed to represent them in their cases. A preliminary hearing was set for later this month, to determine probable cause. If probable cause is determined, the cases will be presented to the grand jury.

The four are also restrained from contact with the church membership, according to Story’s Thursday order.

The Ohio Fire Marshal, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Major Crimes investigation unit assisted the sheriff’s department in investigating the case, but observant neighbors in the community assisted by providing a license plate number and vehicle identification, leading to the questioning and arrest of the suspects, Sheriff Robert Beegle said Wednesday.

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