Jan 11, 2020 6:15 PM

Second intentionally set fire at Kansas home in two weeks

Posted Jan 11, 2020 6:15 PM
Second fire at a home in Topeka in less than two weeks
Second fire at a home in Topeka in less than two weeks

SHAWNEE COUNTY — Authorities are investigating the second fire in less than two weeks at a Kansas home.

Just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday, crews responded to a structure fire located at 2326 SW Fairlawn Court in Topeka, according to fire investigator Zach Bottendorf.

  Upon arrival, fire crews reported heavy smoke and flames from a one story residential structure.  Fire suppression crews quickly extinguished the fire keeping it contained to the structure of fire origin.  A search of the structure confirmed that the house was vacant.  

A preliminary investigation indicated the cause of the fire as intentionally set, according to Bottendorf. The estimated structural dollar loss was $20,000. No smoke alarms were sounding within home.

Fire crews responded to another fire at this home just after 3a.m. December 29. That fire caused an estimated structural dollar loss of $20,000 and a content loss of $1,000.  Police have not reported an arrest.

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Police catch 2 drug suspects driving on the wrong side of Kan. road
Gutierrez photo Cowley County Sheriff 

COWLEY COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On December 7, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on vehicle in the 500 block of North Sixth Street in Arkansas City for driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to a media release.

The vehicle had three occupants.

During the traffic stop, the officer determined that the tag on the vehicle had expired and the vehicle had an open title that did not show proper ownership or proof of insurance.

Because the vehicle could not be operated legally on a city street, officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to its being towed from the scene. During this search, they discovered items of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two of the passengers. Larry Charles Armstrong Jr., 37, Ponca City, Oklahoma, was arrested on requested charges of one felony count each of no drug tax stamp and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They also arrested Jamie Hugo Gutierrez, 26, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on requested charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Both Armstrong and Gutierrez remained in custody.