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Originally published: 2014-03-03 16:03:00
Last modified: 2014-03-03 16:12:11

ACSO charges three in North Beaver Baptist Church arson

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said Monday charges have been filed relating to the July 29, 2012, fire that destroyed North Beaver Baptist Church.

Damion Okoyia Blevins, 21, of Todd, was charged with Setting Fire to Burn & Aid the Burning of a House of Worship (Class E Felony), Breaking and/or Entering a Place of Worship with intent to Commit a Felony/Larceny (Class G Felony) and Larceny after Breaking or Entering (Class H Felony).

Blevins' bond was posted at $500,000. He is currently incarcerated for discharging a weapon into a residence, along with several additional charges.

Anthony Dustin Graybeal, 24, of West Jefferson, was charged with Setting Fire to Burn & Aid the Burning of a House of Worship a (Class E Felony), Breaking and/or Entering a Place of Worship with intent to Commit a Felony/Larceny (Class G Felony) and Larceny after Breaking or Entering (Class H Felony). Graybeal's bond was also posted at $500,000.

Another individual who was under 16 years old at the time was charged and no further information was released.

The investigation is ongoing and additional individuals may be arrested at a later date.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to call the Ashe County Sheriff's Office at (336) 846-5633 or Ashe County Crime Stoppers at (336) 846-4188. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to the arrest of individuals connected to certain crimes.


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