10/26/10 212 W - + 8 - 6 Public Meeting Tonight About Suspicious Fires in Smithfield

As this WRAL story reports, a public meeting is planned for tonight, Tuesday, October 26, to share exchange information with citizens about suspicious fires in the Smithfield area a series of suspicious fires in Johnston County. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at South Smithfield Primary School, 201 W. Sanders Street. The meeting is a regularly scheduled community policing meeting held by the Smithfield Police Department.

The story cites officials saying that multiple arsonists may be at work in the county, which has seen 35 suspicious fires in the last 12 months. Clayton's seen nine intentional fires since October 2009, largely in homes either new or under construction. Since April 2010, a total of 20 fires in southern Johnston County have been set in barns and vacant houses.

Investigating agencies include Smithfield police, Clayton police, Johnston County's Sheriff's Office, and the State Bureau of Investigation. A similar meeting was held in Clayton in May, recounts this NBC17 story.

A reward of $5,000 is offered for any information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for any or all of these fires. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121, or confidentially on the department's tip line at 919-989-8835.

Mike, to clear things up a little, tonight’s meeting is a regularly scheduled community policing meeting held by the Smithfield Police Department. There will be discussion to increase awareness of the fires that have occured in Smithfield. At this point, there are no plans to discuss the fires in the County nor the fires in Clayton. There has obviously been some confusion related to tonight’s meeting.
Chris Perry (Web Site) - 10/26/10 - 08:15

Thanks Chris. Post updated a bit.
Legeros - 10/26/10 - 08:27

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