Man charged with setting fire to house
A Jackson County man faces a Measure 11 charge accusing him of setting fire to a house while his roommate was inside.
Corie Everett Jones, 35, is in the Jackson County Jail charged with arson and reckless endangering for allegedly trying to set fire to a house Tuesday before dawn following a fight with his roommate, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Jones called police about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to report he had been punched in the face by his roommate in the 8200 block of Rogue River Highway, according to court documents filed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies, however, said they found no signs of injury on Jones’ face and no evidence of an assault. When police left without making an arrest, Jones allegedly made at least one statement “suggesting that he was going to take care of the situation himself,” police said.
Multiple witnesses later called 911 reporting that Jones had set fire to the northwest corner of the house.
A neighbor called 911 after allegedly witnessing Jones starting a fire, and the neighbor later told police he heard Jones state that, “if he was going to be murdered by [his roommate] then he would burn the house with him in it.”
Jones attempted to put out the fire before sheriff’s deputies and firefighters arrived, but police said they found the home still smoking, and “clear evidence” that a corner of the house had been “burnt significantly.”
Jones appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Tuesday. At the hearing, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge David Orr set bail at $50,000 and placed conditions upon release that include no weapons, no contact with the victim and to comply with Department of Human Services directives.
Jones was still in jail Wednesday afternoon without bail on the new charges, as well as on a sanction stemming from an earlier felony domestic violence case from December 2018 for which he had been enrolled in a diversion program.