A guy was taken into custody by authorities in Plant City, Florida, after he allegedly started a fire in his own house on purpose while his four children were still inside the house. On Sunday morning, just before 7:30 o’clock, the Plant City Police Department and the Plant City Fire and Rescue Department responded to reports of a structure fire on Michener Place. In addition to Wade Oliver, 31, and Ashleigh R. Cookson, 29, who are both residents of the home, there are also four children in the house, ranging in age from 5 months to 9 years.
Everyone involved was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and treated for smoke inhalation before being allowed to go home. After putting out the flames, the fire department determined that the blaze that had been started in the home’s garage had been started on purpose. During the course of the investigation that was carried out by the Plant City police department and the Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives, it was discovered that Oliver had deliberately started the fire inside the garage. Molotov cocktails were another item that was discovered by the investigators inside the house.
As a direct consequence of this incident, Oliver was arrested and charged with two counts of firebombing, arson of a residence, child maltreatment, and possession of a controlled substance, which was later determined to be methamphetamine.
In connection with the event, Cookson was also charged with one count of neglecting a child. Following the payment of the $2,000 bond, she was freed. Oliver is being detained in custody at this time with a bond set at $23,000.
The Child Protective Investigations Division of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was given custody of all four children after they were released from the hospital. Molotov cocktails were also found inside the house, according to the police in Plant City, Florida, who said the suspect had them.
Following a verbal confrontation, a man shoots, injuring 3 siblings, and 2 are arrested:
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that three people were hurt, including one who is in critical condition, in a verbal fight between siblings in Ponchatoula. Around 11 a.m. on May 23, according to TPSO Chief Jimmy Travis, they responded to a gunshot at the Toula Oaks Trailer Park off South Range Road. Casey Halford, 31, shot and injured three of his siblings before escaping into the woods with Arianni Williams, 19, when deputies arrived.
The two were found by deputies working with a K9 search team, and they were hauled into custody without a hitch. According to TPSO, an investigation showed that Halford had a verbal argument with the siblings before taking a gun from his bedroom and shooting one of them. Before Halford found them, shot them, and left the scene, the other two escaped from their bedrooms. The local hospital received all three victims, and two of them have since been discharged. The third victim’s status is still critical. Halford, according to Chief Travis, is accused of committing three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of unauthorized discharge of a firearm, while Williams is accused of committing three counts of attempted first-degree murder.
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