Justin Lee Anderson, Tama, faces seven arson charges after a series of rural fires in the area. Anderson, 18, a member of the Tama Volunteer Fire Department is the son of Tama Fire Chief Rodney Anderson.
Justin Anderson was released Thursday morning on $10,000 cash bond posted at the Clerk of The District Court's Office following a bond hearing. A preliminary hearing was set earlier for May 24 in Tama County District Court in Toledo.
He was cited in charges filed on Tuesday, May 15, with four counts of second degree arson and three counts of third degree arson by the Tama County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker signed each of the complaints.
Justin Lee Anderson
Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera said the investigation is continuing.
The incidents and charges are:
March 18 - 8:17 p.m.- allegedly lit grass fire at Duffus Landing on 360th Street. 3rd degree arson.
March 20 - 6:48 p.m.- allegedly lit grass fire in 2300 block of 360th Street. 3rd degree arson.
April 11- 9:22 p.m.- allegedly lit grass fire in 1900 block of 340th Street. 3rd degree arson.
April 24 - 1:26 p.m. - 3510 H Avenue, allegedly lit unoccupied house on fire. 2nd degree arson.
April 27 - 10:14 p.m.- 3536 H Avenue, allegedly lit unoccupied house on fire. 2nd degree arson.
May 13 - 9:12 p.m.- 3440 G Avenue, allegedly lit barn on fire. 2nd degree arson.
May 13 - 9:12 p.m. - 3440 G Avenue, allegedly lit nearby unoccupied house on fire. 2nd degree arson.
Anderson is a senior at South Tama High School and is listed among the 82 class members scheduled to graduate on Sunday. Court records also show he has been employed at a Grinnell industry for three months.