Arsonist Arrested

get more from BRO

On Wednesday, federal authorities charged 22-year-old Nicholas Owens with destroying the High Knob Observation Tower last Halloween. Owens was a volunteer firefighter in the nearby town of Coeburn, Va. The tower site is within the Jefferson National Forest’s Clinch Ranger District in Wise County.

Owens has been charged with arson on federal government land and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on March 13 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Va. A trial date may be scheduled at that time.

Outdoor enthusiasts and local citizens have been outraged by the destruction of the tower last October. Since then, a grassroots effort has evolved to raise money to rebuild the tower, spearheaded by groups like the Clinch Coalition. A fire watch tower of some sort has existed at the 4,162-foot elevation site since the early 1930s.

More info: www.clinchcoalition.net

More on this topic

Advertisment

in case you missed it

There’s No Bad Seat at the Fire with Burly Fire Pits

OUR STORY Like many great endeavors, Burly started with a few good friends gathered around a fire with an...

Living a More Purposeful Life at Emerson Commons Cohousing in Crozet, Virginia

Medical researchers and self-help writers point to how a purposeful life helping others can lead to greater happiness and longevity.

Eupepsia Launches Immunity Building Staycations. Redefining Outdoor Wellness.

With its mission to help people strengthen their health naturally to achieve inner and outer balance – and taking advantage of the...

Paddle Charles County

Bordered by the Potomac and Patuxent rivers, Charles County, Md. provides paddlers of all abilities the chance to discover the area’s history...