Man arrested for setting fire to church, other buildings

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HARTS, WV (WVNS) — A man is accused of setting fires in Lincoln County.

Troopers with the Hamlin detachment of WV State Police said on Friday, May 21, 2021, they were dispatched to several arson complaints in Harts, WV. People in the area allegedly saw William Cody Lusher, 29, setting fire to Walking by Faith Baptist Church and an abandoned home. Lusher is also accused of setting fire to a vacant general store.

The Fire Marshal’s office was also contacted and responded to the scene. Lusher is charged with first degree arson, fourth degree arson and probation violation. The investigation is ongoing.

On Friday, May 21, 2021 at approximately 12:30 am, Tpr. T. A. Chaffin along with Tpr R.A. Evick II of the West Virginia State Police Hamlin Detachment, responded to a series of Arson complaints in the community of Harts, Lincoln County, WV. The accused, 29 year old William Cody Lusher, was observed setting fire to Walking by Faith Baptist Church and an abandoned residence. The accused then attempted to set fire to a vacant general store. The Fire Marshal’s office was contacted and responded to the scene to investigate. The accused is charged with Arson First degree, Arson Fourth degree, and Probation Violation.  This investigation remains ongoing. 

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