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Walnut Hill Man Has Bond Set at $75,000 on Arson and Reckless Conduct Charges

December 3, 2016

A 30-year-old Walnut Hill man had bond set at $75,000 after being charged in Marion County Court Thursday with arson and reckless conduct.

Jonathon Downs of Phelps Road is accused of setting his 2003 pickup truck on fire and doing so within close proximety of a residence. The arson charge notes Kaskaskia Valley Credit Union had an ownership interest in the truck that was destroyed in the blaze. Kell Firemen were able to put out the fire before it spread to a garage about 20 feet away. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies had noted the door of the garage had become extremely hot.

The sheriff’s department reports Downs made a 9-1-1 call to report he was wanted on a warrant and was under the influence of a combination of methamphetamine, medication and alcohol. Deputies arriving on the scene found the truck engulfed in flames.

Downs had the public defender appointed to represent him, with a first appearance with counsel set for December 6th. If released on bond, Downs was ordered to consume no drugs or alcohol with random testing. He could also be released pending any inpatient treatment.

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