Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
Louisa woman charged with arson, again
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Louisa County woman, who was released on a $10,000 bond for a string of suspicious fires in the county, has been charged again in another arson fire.
Louisa Sheriff’s Detective Scott Renalds said deputies responded to a call at 11:40 p.m. Saturday about a fire in the Bluewater subdivision near Lake Anna.
A storage building, owned by the subdivision’s property owners’ association, had been destroyed in the fire, Renalds said.
A law enforcement K-9 was used in the investigation and evidence recovered implicated Bluewater resident Felicia Armstong.
Armstrong, 51, of Mineral, is charged with one count of felony arson and was held without bond pending a court hearing tomorrow.
Armstrong was also arrested last month and charged with four other arson charges in a series of fires, including one at a church.
Renalds said deputies responded to a call at 10:43 a.m. Jan. 19 about a fire at St. John Baptist Church in Mineral.
A church member was checking on the property and noticed minor damage from three fires on the property, Renalds said.
The detective said a rear basement door had been burned from its frame and there was damage from two small fires inside the basement fellowship hall.
The cinderblock walls and tile floors prevented the fires from spreading or causing significant structural damage, he said.
A suspicious fire had been reported in the community the previous weekend. While investigating, deputies were notified of two other recent, small neighborhood fires, Renalds said.
After developing a lead in those smaller fires, investigators found evidence linking that same suspect to the church fire, he said.
In that case, Armstrong is charged with one count of felony arson for starting three fires at the church, and breaking and entering to start two of the fires inside the building.
She is also charged with another count of felony arson for burning a neighbor’s shed on Jan. 15 , two counts of misdemeanor arson for burning a neighbor’s fence on Jan. 9 and another neighbor’s pile of firewood, which also damaged a nearby shelter last month, Renalds said.
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