Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fire Leads to Charges

An August 17th court date has been set for two Cookeville men accused of causing damage to a city gas pipeline. Police say 23-year-old William Earl Harris, the Second, of Shipley School Road and 18-year-old Keenen Jesse Cartwright of North Chestnut Street are charged with reckless endangerment and setting fire to personal property. The two allegedly set fire to a mattress that was located under a bridge on West Spring Street, near Carr Avenue. Not only did they destroy the mattress, they also melted a nearby city gas line, and officials say that could have led to an explosion if firefighters had not been able to put the blaze out quickly. Police say the two tell conflicting stories about just why the mattress was set on fire.