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Volunteer firefighter accused of 20 arsons

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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 4:18 PM by Russell Jones
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: volunteer firefighter, arson, washington parish, johnny tarver

BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a volunteer firefighter in Washington Parish after they said he set 20 fires in two months around the parish.

Deputies accused Johnny Erin Tarver, 23, of arson for the incidents, which included fires set in wooded areas and on hay bales.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Tarver on March 11, then said sheriff's deputies caught him a few days later in the area of a fire reported on Jim Edwards Road in Washington Parish.

Commissioner Mike Strain with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said Tarver had been a volunteer firefighter in the parish since November 2013.

Tarver is out of jail on a $30,000 bond.

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