|Halltown Volunteer Firefighter Cody Gossett is charged with arson|
A volunteer firefighter from Halltown and two other men have been arrested for arson and burglary in connection to some suspicious fires in Lawrence County.
|Christopher D. Smith (mug shot LCSO)|
Twenty year-old Cody Gossett of Halltown has been charged with second-degree arson. Christopher D. Smith, 21, and Matthew A. Smith, 23, both of Mount Vernon are facing arson and burglary charges.
|Matthew A. Smith (mug shot LCSO)|
Sheriff Brad DeLay says the arrests were made after investigations into several suspicious fires last October including two fires at abandoned residences, hay bale fires, and possible several other suspicious fires in the area.
More charges are expected to be filed soon regarding additional fires as well as the possibility of charging additional suspects. "There could be charges filed on as many as five other people and we are looking into whether or not the people that have already been charged, or other's being looked at, are involved with similar incidents in Greene County this year," said DeLay.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the ongoing investigation.