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Woman arrested for arson
April 7, 2018
NEEDLES, Calif – In the evening hours of Thursday, April 5, Sergeant Busto from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was patrolling the area of North K Street at Smokestack Drive, near the bridge leading into Arizona. Sgt. Busto was on Smokestack Drive at North K Street when he observed flames coming from the vegetation along the riverbank on the west side of the bridge.
Shelly Alexander (age 46 a transient from Needles) was seen walking away from the fire toward the road. San Bernardino County Fire Personnel arrived and extinguished the fire. The estimated burn area on the riverbank was limited to about 400-500 square feet. It was determined that the fire that burned the vegetation in the area was intentionally started.
Alexander was arrested for Arson and booked into the Colorado River Station Jail with her bail set at $100,000.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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