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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Mental exam ordered for alleged arsonist

  • A mental exam has been ordered and a case review set for a man who reportedly told authorities he had set fire to his mobile home.
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  • A mental exam has been ordered and a case review set for a man who reportedly told authorities he had set fire to his mobile home.
    After a pre-trial conference April 16, Newton County Prosecutor Jake Skouby filed a motion for a mental exam for Kyle Crawford. Newton County Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel ruled in favor of the examination, and a pre-trial conference set for April 23 was canceled.
    On Easter morning, deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office received a call about a house fire at 11622 Gateway Drive, Lot. No. 7. A neighbor reportedly spotted the resident, Crawford, lying in the doorway of the mobile home and helped him get out.
    "Kyle Crawford immediately told the officers that he had set the fire," Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland told the Daily News. "There were then some statements made about a couple of other occupants that lived there. There for awhile, we were concerned that perhaps they had perished in the fire, but later in the evening, we were able to contact them and they are OK."
    Copeland said no motive for the fire has been given. The mobile home was a total loss, and a neighboring mobile home sustained damage to the siding. A car was also damaged in the blaze.
    A case review is set for May 22.
    intent to manufacture a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
    Tim Sargent, 49, will be back before Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel on May 15 for the proceeding. The conference was reset from April 23.
    On April 2, deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department recovered a stolen truck, construction equipment, a log splitter and components of a meth lab at 12866 Klausen Lane in rural Neosho.

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