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Man charged with arson


BURNING FORK – A Magoffin man was arrested on arson charges after law enforcement was called to Dotson Branch regarding an outbuilding and garage on fire. 

On October 23, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Kentucky State Police Trooper Nicholas Endicott was called to a fire involving an outbuilding and garage, located on Dotson Branch, off of Burning Fork in Magoffin County. 

According to the arrest warrant, the local fire department, including seven firefighters, tried to put out the fires, but the structures were a total loss. 

The property owner had a video surveillance system, showing Dustin Shane Risner, 32, of Dotson Branch, coming onto the property, walking away from the area of the garage and the building that were involved in the fire, and attempting to set fire to the victim’s residence, as well. The video reportedly shows Risner igniting a propane tank with a heater attached and a flame coming from the top, according to police records.

The victim’s two sons were asleep inside the residence at the time the fires started. The building and the garage had a pickup truck, a car, a lawnmower and two ATVs, along with other personal items and tools.

Risner was arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time. He is currently facing the following charges: public intoxication (excludes alcohol); first-degree arson (attempt); second-degree arson; and nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

He has a preliminary hearing scheduled in the felony case for November 4 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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