Trailer fire leads to arson investigation and arrests

On the evening of Friday, August 3, Howard County Sheriff's Deputy, Jeff Glandon, was dispatched to a report of a trailer-fire at 3011 State Route J. Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed, according to Sheriff Charlie Polson. "Once Deputy Glandon arrived, he made contact with witnesses, one of whom advised him that an individual had jumped out the back of the trailer while holding a gas-can," Polson said. Victoria Raines, 38, formerly of the residence in question, is an alleged accomplice to Denise R. Scott, 42, of 505 County Road 335, who allegedly initiated the burn. "Through witnesses and interviews, though, we determined that both conspired to set the fire," said Polson. Both women have been charged with 1st Degree Arson, a Class B Felony. Two counts of knowingly burning, a Class D Felony, were also added. Raines and Scott are currently being held on $50-thousand cash-only bonds. "I'd like to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Fire Marshalls for their assistance in the matter," said Sheriff Polson.