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Hinsley indicted in arson
Squires charged with lying

A Nashville man was arrested on Dec. 1 on a grand jury indictment accusing him of the aggravated burglary and arson of a Lakeview Mountain Estates home last month.


According to the indictment, Alton Ray Hinsley, 50, intentionally, knowingly or recklessly entered the habitation of Marvin Oppenheim on Nov. 6 with the intent to commit arson, constituting the offense of aggravated burglary, and that Hinsley did unlawfully and knowingly damage a structure by means of a fire or explosion.


Meanwhile, Thomas Richard Squires, 57, was arrested on Dec. 2 and charged in a state warrant with filing a false report as a result of the same investigation.


The sheriff said a sheriff's department detective interviewed Squires on Nov. 30 in connection with the structure fire. Squires allegedly told the detective that he did not have a key to the victim's house, and that he knew nothing about the fire at the home on Neil Drive. Further investigation determined that the information given by Squires about the fire was false, and he was placed under arrest.


According to DeKalb County Fire Chief Donny Green, no one was at the residence when the fire was reported by a neighbor. The Cookeville Highway, Main Station, and Liberty Stations responded, along with the department's tanker truck.


The fire was put out quickly, but the entire structure suffered extensive smoke and heat damage. Firemen took four cats from the structure, three of which survived.


DeKalb EMS and DeKalb County Sheriff Department's deputies were also on the scene and rendered assistance.


Hinsley was arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday. His bond was set at $50,000. Squires bond was set at $5,000, and he will appear in court on Dec. 17.