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Volunteer Firefighters Charged with Arson

POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 6:56pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:58pm

MESQUITE- Four Doña Ana County volunteer fire fighters have been arrested on charges of arson after an overnight fire near a Mesquite dairy torched more than 400 bales of hay.

Junior Perez, Carlos Martinez, Luis Gutierrez, and Joshua Jaramillo were arrested early Tuesday morning. Investigators say the four were responsible for starting the fire that burned a haystack near Stern Dr. and Highway 228 in Mesquite, just south of Las Cruces.

Fire crews responded to the fire at 11:30 p.m. Monday night. According to Doña Ana County Fire Captain Kellen Tarkington, the fire is controlled and should be completely extinguished by Tuesday night.

The hay belonged to Mountain View Dairy, which estimated to have lost about $120,000 in hay.

All four men in custody are charged with arson, a second-degree felony, and conspiracy to commit arson. They will be booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

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Put all four of these punks on the frying pan and crank the heat.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

how does it connect to the story?

what syndrome idiot??? ugh i swear thats the stupidist thing ive heard... and they said it themselves they wouldnt start a fire if they dont even get paid!!!

I believe Mesquite is SOUTH of Las Cruces, not NW as reported in the news story.

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