By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Laurel man was indicted by a Laurel grand jury on Friday for setting fire to a barn.
Anthony Wood, 38, of 198 Orchard Road in East Bernstadt, is held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $20,000 cash bond. He was indicted on charges of second-degree arson and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
The incident that landed Wood in jail stemmed from an incident on Sept. 14, in which he allegedly set fire to a barn owned by Albert Robinson. Flames from the barn sent Kentucky State Police Troopers McCowan and Roberts to the scene on Apple Blossom Road, off Ky. 490, that night where they saw a man running from the scene. The troopers pursued the man, who ran up a hill, then threatened to shoot them, before running down another steep hill. McCowan and Roberts then split up, with McCowan following a road around the bottom of the hill while Roberts went through a tobacco field.
The arrest report states that Roberts heard McCowan tell the man — later identified as Anthony Wood — to drop a weapon, but Wood refused, causing Roberts to engage his taser. Wood rolled away, but still resisted arrest by scuffling with the troopers before being taken into custody.
He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court the week after his arraignment and held under a $2,500 cash bond.
Wood was originally charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, public intoxication of a controlled substance, menacing, resisting arrest, third-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree arson, theft by unlawful taking, and theft of services. He has remained incarcerated since his arrest just after midnight on Sept. 15.
An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.