CLINTON — A Clinton man is facing a felony arson charge for his alleged role causing in a fire.
Jody R. Miller, 30, 2916 Roosevelt St., upper apartment, is charged with first-degree arson, a Class B felony. No bond will be set until Miller makes an appearance in Clinton County District Court. A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday.
According to the affidavit, at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to 2916 Roosevelt St., a two-unit apartment building, to assist the Clinton Fire Department in reference to a fire call. The caller stated he noticed his neighbor crawling out of the apartment where the fire was located. Clinton Fire Department units arrived and were able to control the fire in the upper apartment and in the stairwell of the complex.
Officers arrived on scene and talked with the battalion chief, who stated the person who crawled out of the apartment duplex was outside in the back of the residence. The individual was later identified as Miller.
The affidavit states an officer made contact with Miller, who stated he was in his upstairs apartment watching movies when he heard voices coming from the stairs that lead to his apartment. Miller stated he felt threatened so he put paint thinner in a glass beer bottle, put a cloth in the top of the bottle and then lighted the cloth on fire.
Miller stated he carried the lighted bottle past a window curtain, which set the curtain on fire. Miller said he walked to the top of the stairwell and threw the lighted bottle to the bottom of the stairs. The officer observed black soot on Miller's hands and face and could detect the odor of smoke on Miller. The officer asked Miller if he had anything illegal on him. Miller stated he had a pipe in his shorts pocket that he used for smoking marijuana. The officer removed the pipe from Miller's pocket.
The affidavit states that during a search for any additional drug paraphernalia or narcotics, the officer located a lighter in Miller's pocket. Miller allegedly confirmed he used the lighter to light the cloth on the bottle.