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Arson attempt alleged

Arson attempt alleged

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010 8:53 pm

 The Messenger, February 5, 2010

A man has been charged with attempted arson following an alleged incident Thursday evening at a home on Mosswood Drive in Union City.

Stephen Walter Cross, 40, of 830 West Main St., Dyer, was arrested at 6:18 p.m. Thursday on Mosswood Drive on a charge of attempted arson, according to a Union City Police Department report.

Police reported officers were dispatched to Lori Glidewell’s residence at 829 Mosswood Drive on a complaint that Cross was at the house and was not supposed to be there. Officers made contact with Ms. Glidewell, who was not home but indicated he was not supposed to be there and should leave.

While an officer was on the phone with Ms. Glidewell, police saw Cross come out of the house. He allegedly indicated he was waiting for Ms. Glidewell to get home. An officer told him he needed to leave the residence and not return, according to the report.

Ms. Glidewell had asked police to check her home to make sure nothing had been destroyed. As an officer entered the garage side door, he noticed the house was full of smoke. He instructed officers outside not to let Cross leave.

According to the report, as the officer walked into the kitchen of the home, he could see the oven door was open and the oven was on, based on the element’s being red. In addition, he saw the four burners on the stovetop were red to indicate they were on, with a pan of grease on a front burner and a skillet on a back burner. The officer reported all the stove dials were turned as high as they would go.

Cross was arrested at the scene.

The Union City Fire Department responded to the scene and checked the home for other possible causes of fire, police reported. Firefighters also set up a fan and cleared the smoke from the house.

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