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News Franklin man arrested for arson on Sunday

Roger Dale SmithA weekend domestic dispute in Franklin ends with the arrest of a local man and a near house fire.

Roger Dale Smith, age 41, of Franklin, was arrested Sunday and charged with first degree arson.

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Smith, 41, was arrested on Sunday and charged with first degree arson after being involved in an argument at a residence located at 21 Kirkland Road.

Police reports state that Smith went into a bedroom in the home to gather belongings when he allegedly set fire to an air conditioner unit that was stuffed with towels and a pillow.

Reports indicate that he then closed the bedroom door and left the residence. Two individuals present at the house noticed smoke coming from that bedroom moments after Smith left the property and then discovered the air conditioner in flames on the bedroom floor. They distinguished the fire and tossed the air conditioner unit outside.

Smith is currently charged with a felony count of first degree arson due to the fact that there were people in the residence when he allegedly started the fire. He was booked into the Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

A court date has been set for August 1.


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