Grandmother indicted for 2015 Clark fire

Published 12:47 am Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Clark County grandmother was indicted for arson after she allegedly set a fire in her home with her grandchildren inside.

Anita C. Raleigh, 56, of 2783 Kiddville Road, was indicted Thursday for first-degree arson and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Raleigh was arrested in August, almost a year after the fire at the residence. Witnesses told deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office that Raleigh was upset following an argument in the home. She then reportedly shredded paper and lit it.

Initially, Raleigh told firefighters the fire started in the kitchen. The investigation, though, determined it started in a bedroom of the residence.

No one was injured in the fire.

The grand jury also indicted a husband and wife for allegedly assaulting two different people and keeping one against his will in their apartment in August.

Winchester Police were called to the residence of James S. Ball and Elizabeth A. Ball on Aug. 26 for a report of a stabbing. They found John Johnson with multiple knife wounds, who said he was cut by a man named Scott. Officers then followed the blood trail to the Balls’ apartment at 149 Winn Ave.

Officers then found Frank Dunlap of Ohio inside their apartment, with injuries as well Dunlap said the Balls held there for several hours while James Ball and others allegedly beat him with a baseball bat, swung a hammer at him and threatened to kill him.

James Ball later told police he stabbed Johnson because he was trying to cut his wife.

James Ball was indicted for second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Elizabeth Ball was indicted for complicity to commit second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

The following indictments were returned by the Clark County grand jury Thursday.

— Ethel R. Hunt, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (five counts), , fraudulent use of ID card for benefits (three counts).

— Gina Jones and Gregory K. Larison, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Jones),

possession of drug paraphernalia (Jones), receiving stolen property (Larison), unlawful possession of a meth precursor (Larison), possession for sale or transfer of a cimulated controlled substance (Larison), second-degree persistent felony offender (Larison).

— James L. Mingua, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (three counts).

— Anthony Baker Jr., first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Carissa R. Stephens, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (three counts), second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree persistenet felony offender.

— Larry Murray, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, failure to wear seat belt, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana.

— John E. Maupin and Michael D. Napier, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to illuminate headlamps (Maupin), no or expired registration plate (Maupin), driving on an expired operator’s license (Maupin), no insurance (Mapuin), possession of marijuana (Maupin), second-degree persistent felony offender (Maupin).

— Clarence A. Turner, first-degree burglary.

— Cadarrel M. Spight, first-degree criminal abuse.

— Billy Gross Spicer, knowingly neglecting or abusing an adult, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening.

— Lester Smith, flagrant non-support, first-degree persistent felony offender.

— Carroll McCormack, Ernest Christopher and Michael Ritchie, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (McCormack), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, possession of marijuana (Christopher and Ritchie), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (McCormack), second-degree persistent felony offender (Ritchie), first-degree persistent felony offender (McCormack).

— William Owings, first-degree wanton endangerment (four counts), first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree assault, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, no insurance, disregarding a stop sign, first-degree persistent felony offender. (10-16)

The following case was dismissed by the grand jury.

— Ashley M. Anderson.

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