REPORT: Volunteer firefighter charged with setting fires at church, Masonic Lodge

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A Tennessee volunteer firefighter allegedly set a series of suspicious fires that burned a church, Masonic Lodge and other buildings in a small community over the past month.

Leslie Roy Winchester, 19, was arrested in connection to multiple fires that were set in the community of Waverly beginning in June, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said.

The article goes on to state the following:

The first fire linked to Winchester happened last month in the 5500 block of Bakerville Road in Waverly, the TBI said. Four other suspicious fires occurred between July 1 and July 8 at various locations in the community.

According to reports, the buildings that were damaged by the fires included a church, Masonic Lodge, a former fire hall as well as a vacant house.

WSMV-TV reported that two firefighters were injured while battling two of the fires.

Winchester was charged with three counts of aggravated arson, three counts of arson, six counts of criminal trespassing, and six counts of vandalism over $10,000.

He’s currently in Humphreys County Jail on a $1,746,000 bond.


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  1. That’s a huge bond amount – not that I’m complaining.

    Why are criminals accused of rape, murder, assault, etc., let out ROR?

    Or a rapist, with a lot of “trophies” in his house get no sentencing – but only probation (in very liberal Austin, Tx)?

    I like the Tn bond amounts more: keep criminals who have no or little regard for others away from society.


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