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Couple charged in alleged arson case

Third suspect sought

POSTED: March 6, 2013 4:00 a.m.
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A Dawson County couple has been arrested in connection with what authorities are calling a set fire to a home off War Hill Park Road.

James Henry Raines is charged with first-degree arson. He and wife Gloria Ann Raines, both of whom are 31, were taken into custody Feb. 28 in Dawsonville, according to jail records.

She is charged with making false statements and concealment of facts. Both also face probation violation charges.

State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said the couple was in the process of being evicted from the Diane Circle house they were renting when the home owned by June Young was torched on April 6.

"The fire ... caused heavy damage to the structure," Hudgens said in a release on Monday.

Spokesman Glenn Allen said the fire began "near a love seat inside a bedroom of the home. Only the interior of the home suffered damage."

An arrest warrant has also been issued for a third suspect in the case.

William P. Thurmond, 45, also of Dawson County, faces charges of first-degree arson, making false statements and concealment of facts, Allen said.

As of Tuesday, James Raines remained in Dawson County sheriff's custody. His bond was set at $30,000 following a first appearance hearing in Magistrate Court on Friday.

Gloria Raines was released Feb. 28 to the sheriff's office in Forsyth County, where she reportedly violated probation, after posting a $1,700 cash bond, according to jail records.

 

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