SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin man was arrested last week in connection to a February fire that killed a large number of chickens.
In an arrest warrant, issued on August 24, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams alleged that Julius Brown, 41, of Salyersville, was responsible for an incident in which a building containing a large number of chickens burned down.
Adams noted in the warrant that during the investigation a witness came forward who was reportedly present when the fire started. The witness told Adams that Brown picked him up with a can of gas in the car and that they drove back on the strip job behind the home where the chicken house was located.
The person told police that he saw Brown carry the gas down the hill, then set the building on fire. He reportedly cut the chains on the chickens, which then began fighting, resulting in 25 chickens dying.
Total loss of property between the value of the building and the chickens was estimated at $13,000.
Brown was arrested on Friday, August 24 and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time. He is currently facing the following charges: second-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing, and second-degree cruelty to animals.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Brown’s felony-level case for September 5.
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