McDowell County: Man accused of setting at least 14 roadside fires arrested, faces additional charges

  • Source: WHNS-TV FOX 21
  • Published: 04/12/2019 12:00 AM

Deputies in McDowell County said a man wanted for setting at least 14 roadside fires in the Marion and Sugar Hill areas over the past four years was arrested Tuesday night. Rangers with the N.C. Forest Service charged Barry Scott McCoyle, 38, with 14 counts of setting fire to woodlands, brush lands and grasslands. McDowell County deputies said they also charged McCoyle with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a search at McCoyle’s home Tuesday and deputies said they found 20 grams of methamphetamine, a handgun, and 40 explosive blasting caps.


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