November 2, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

McIntosh Man Arrested for Starting Wildfire in Washington County

In cooperation with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Alabama Forestry Commission arrested 38-year-old Stevie Alton Reed of McIntosh on October 15, 2010, on charges of Wildland Arson. AFC Law Enforcement Chief Craig Hill said Reed was arrested for allegedly starting a fire that burned approximately 12 acres in the Deer Park Community of Washington County.


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 arrests only.  All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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