Police arrest man for setting fires

WINONA WHITAKER, Managing Editor

MOBERLY — Police arrested Scott Miles Bishop, 43, of Moberly, Tuesday after investigating a string of fires Monday evening.

Police began receiving calls of fires about 9:50 pm Monday, the Moberly Police Department said in a press release Tuesday.

While investigating the initial fires, Moberly Police and Fire Departments received reports of more fires, these in residential neighborhoods west of downtown, including the 700 block of West Coates Street and the 1000 block of West Reed Street.

Two natural cover fires were reported in Rothwell Park.

The fires appeared to be intentionally set in commercial dumpsters, residential trash cans, wood pallets and brush, police said.

Officers found Bishop in the 1500 block of Park Drive, the press release said. Bishop was uncooperative and fled into a nearby residence.

Police had no probable cause to arrest Bishop at that time, they said.

Moberly detectives canvassed downtown Moberly Tuesday and developed probable cause, through video surveillance, for charging Bishop with intentionally setting the fires.

Formal charges were submitted to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office, and a warrant was issued Tuesday for Bishop for nine counts of knowingly burning or exploding. The charges are Class E felonies.

Police arrested Bishop at 9:23 pm Tuesday in the 600 block of Porter Street. At press time, Bishop was being held in Randolph County Jail.

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