(Villisca) A Villisca man was arrested today (Thursday) for allegedly setting the fires at Sunbest-Papetti Farm in Villisca in early 2013.
Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson says 31-year-old Carlton John Dolph on a Montgomery County warrant for terroristic threats and two counts of 2nd degree arson. Dolph was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was held on $10,000 cash bond.
The arrest stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Red Oak Police Department, and State Fire Marshal’s Office into two fires that were intentionally set at the Sunbest Pepetti Farms facility located at 2975 265th Street in Villisca. The first fire occurred on February 20th, 2013, with the second fire occurring five days later on February 25th, 2013. While that investigation was ongoing, a threatening letter was received at the facility on March 10th, 2013, claiming responsibility for the first two fires and threatening more fires would occur. Evidence was collected and submitted to the State Crime Lab in Ankeny. The results from those tests, combined with information gained through the investigation, led to the charges against Dolph.
(Photo from Montgomery County EMA)