FARMINGTON – A Park Hills man was placed on probation for setting a house on fire.
On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte placed Breion D. Baldwin, 18, of Park Hills, on five years of supervised probation for second-degree arson.
According to court records, on Feb. 11, a Park Hills police officer responded to a report of a fire on Rinkle Street and saw a man exit the side door of the house. The man said he broke into the abandoned house because he was homeless and cold. He said he started a fire in a dresser drawer to keep warm. He said he extinguished the fire but then it started up again, filling the house with smoke.
In other cases, Daniel G. Martin, 49, a Pacific inmate, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for DWI.
Nicholas E. Hager, 29, of Terre Du Lac, was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree burglary, property damage and endangering the welfare of a child by leaving a child unattended.
James C. Kelly, 35, of Farmington, was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the probation he received for passing a bad check and driving without a license.
Justin D. Johnston, 34, of Illinois, was sentenced to three years in prison for violating the probation he received for forgery.
Placed on five years of supervised probation were Megan Atchison, 23, of Hazelwood, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of heroin and unlawful use of a weapon; Michael Allen Tate, 38, of Park Hills, for three counts of forgery; William J. Braswell, 39, of Bonne Terre, for second-degree domestic assault; Lori Light, 31, of Park Hills, for possession of a controlled substance; Lucas McFarland, 19, of Park Hills, for tampering with a motor vehicle; Nicholas S. White, 34, of French Village, for four counts of possession of a chemical with intent to make meth; and Charles M. Ryan, 44, of Farmington, for manufacture of meth;
Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at email@example.com.