Lewis Center man indicted for starting fires at apartments


A Lewis Center man is facing felony charges after authorities say he used paper towels to start a fire at a Lewis Center apartment complex … twice.

Robert Lee Skaggs, 37, of 9212 Lakeridge Drive, Lewis Center, was indicted Friday by a Delaware County grand jury on four counts of aggravated arson. Two of the charges are first-degree felonies and the other two are second-degree felonies.

Court documents allege that Skaggs on Aug. 31 placed paper towels behind an electrical box on the outside wall of an apartment building located at 9146 Lakeridge Drive and then set fire to the paper, causing a structure fire. The building was evacuated and no one was seriously injured.

Documents allege an identical crime occurred on Sept. 10 when Skaggs set an apartment at 1177 Bay Ridge Drive on fire, causing another evacuation, again with no injuries.

Skaggs was arrested on Sept. 18 by Delaware County sheriff’s deputies and appeared in Delaware Municipal Court on Sept. 21, where Judge Marianne Hemmeter set his bond at $50,000.

Skaggs was being held in the Delaware County Jail Friday afternoon.

An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has not been scheduled.


By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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