Wakonda man, 59 arrested for arson

Wakonda man, 59 arrested for arson John Larson, 59, Wakonda, was arrested by Clay County Deputy Sheriff Scott Bauer Jan. 19 near Volin in connection with 19 fires that occurred in Clay County Jan. 14 and 15.

Several fires were reported Jan. 14 near Wakonda and in the Timber Road area. On Jan. 15, fires were also reported at Highway 19 and 307th St., as well as near Burbank. The Clay County Sheriff's Department believed they were the act of arson and with the help of area residents, the suspect was identified and arrested.

"We had a lot of help from citizens with this case," Bauer said. The fires were mostly grass fires, but Bauer said at least one building was involved. The largest fire involved an area of one-quarter mile square in the Wakonda area on Jan. 14. Many of the other fires were "little grass fires that never went anywhere and were almost out when we arrived," Bauer said.

Larson was being held in the Clay County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He has been charged with 3rd degree arson and a preliminary hearing was held Tuesday. Clay County State's Attorney Tami Bern is prosecuting the case.

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