Feud leads to 2 arson arrests
Two people were arrested Sunday for first-degree arson after a feud between two families allegedly prompted the men to set a West Jackson Street house on fire, according to Medford police.
The fire ignited at the home in the 800 block of West Jackson promptly was extinguished by the homeowner before it could reach the home's interior, and no one was injured, according to the Medford Fire Department.
Van Dale Calvin, 46, of Medford, and Shane Lee Lewis, 34, of Medford, are in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree arson, three counts of reckless endangering and first-degree criminal mischief.
Medford police were dispatched to the home on West Jackson close to 1 a.m. Sunday to respond to a report of arson.
The homeowner and his neighbor already had extinguished the fire by the time officers and firefighters arrived.
An investigation indicated that the arson was in retaliation for a prior dispute between the homeowner's family and a member of the suspects' family.
One of the suspects allegedly urinated on an item one of the homeowner's family members had left on the front porch while yelling derogatory racial comments.
This property then was set on fire, along with the front door of the residence, while the homeowner and his family inside. A neighbor alerted the family of the fire and helped the homeowner put it out.
Medford police detectives conducted an investigation, which led to the arrest of Calvin and Lewis.