Tazewell County Virginia

Richlands fire investigation leads to arrest

RICHLANDS, VA (WVNS) - Officers with the Richlands Police Department were called to a home on Fairfax St. following a fire at a home.  It happened during the morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.  

According to investigators, James Curtis Whitaker, 34, of Richlands, Virginia was in the home illegally and accidently set a fire in the basement.  Whitaker is charged with Breaking and Entering and Petit Larceny.  Police added that more charges could be filed in the investigation.

The case is still open, but police said there is no indication that anyone else was involved in the crime.  Whitaker is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.  His bond is set at $2,500. 


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