April 16, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Suspect Arrested for Starting Wildfires in Tallapoosa County

In cooperation with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, law enforcement officers with the Alabama Forestry Commission arrested 29-year-old Richard Albright III of Dadeville on April 15, 2010, on charges of Wildland Arson. Albright was arrested following six fires that were set in the Paces Point Community of Tallapoosa County. At the time of his arrest, a search warrant was executed and further evidence was collected in connection with the fires. Albright was placed in the Tallapoosa County jail and is awaiting bond to be set. Wildland Arson is a Class C Felony which, if convicted, carries a penalty of imprisonment of 1-10 years and/or up to a $15,000 fine. The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is committed to reducing the number of forestry-related crimes that occur each year across the state. These crimes generate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to landowners, the timber industry, and Alabama’s economy. The AFC provides an Arson/Forest Crimes Hotline so that citizens can call and report theft of timber, vandalism or theft of harvesting equipment, and wildland arson. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-2927. Any information provided is confidential and the caller remains anonymous. This release reports an arrest. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. ###

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