Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Former resident arrested on arson charge

July 4, 2001

An arson investigation that lasted more than a year has led to the arrest of a former Eudora woman.

The woman, Jill S. Lavin, now of Perry, was arrested last week by Douglas County Sheriff's officers. She is facing charges of arson and making a false writing, said Douglas County District Attorney Christine Kenney.

Lavin, who has been released on $7,500 bond, is scheduled to make her first appearance in Douglas County District Court on July 11.

Kenney said she could not comment on the specifics of the case.

Sgt. Greg Dahlem of the Eudora Police Department investigated the case, which involved three fires at the home at 1533 Sycamore in February and March 2000.

Lavin lived at the home with her husband and two children.

Dahlem said that ordinarily investigating this type of case doesn't take this long.

"It took this long because of our limited number of people," he said. "We had to work around the schedules of everyone involved."

Dahlem said, assuming the mortgage company was paid, the house is likely the property of the insurance company.

Although he couldn't comment on at what point authorities became suspicious, Dahlem did say that many fires in a short amount of time looks strange.

"Some people have bad luck," he said. "In this case, it wasn't bad luck."

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