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Wood County residents face arson, breaking and entering charges

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man and woman have been charged with arson and breaking and entering, accused of starting a fire in an apartment building in December, according to criminal complaints in Wood County Magistrate Court.

Carl Lee Martin III, 33, of 710 28th St., Vienna, was arrested Dec. 28 after authorities received a complaint from a local construction company that an apartment building they are remodeling on Worthington Lane in Parkersburg was forcefully entered and a fire was started within, a complaint said.

A construction company employee confronted Martin and another subject, Rachael Lee Davis, 32, of 506 42nd St., Vienna, who also is also facing charges of arson and breaking and entering, according to an additional criminal complaint in magistrate court.

Martin and Davis were leaving the building when they told the employee they started the fire for “warmth,” according to the complaint.

The employee then took a photo of the license plate of the car Martin and Davis left in and authorities investigated and contacted the owner of the vehicle, Martin, who admitted he and Davis entered the building through a closed door. Davis admitted to the offenses, according to the complaint.

Martin and Davis started a fire inside a sink from scrap wood that was eventually put out with snow by the employee, according to the complaint.

Martin and Davis face the felony offenses of arson in the fourth-degree and breaking and entering, according to the complaint.

They were being held at North Central Regional Jail on $100,000 surety bonds, $50,000 per felony per person, according to the complaint. They each face a potential maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of $2,500, according to the complaint.

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