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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Boones Mill man arrested, house burned
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Howard Crowe

Friday, April 5, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Boones Mill man was charged with possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony Friday night following an incident in which his home burned to the ground.

Additional charges against Howard Crowe Jr., 42, will be presented to a grand jury when the investigation is finished, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

Deputies responded to a call of shots fired at 9:30 p.m. Friday on Woodglenn Drive in Boones Mill, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin Count Sheriff's Office.

When deputies arrived, Crowe's mobile home was burning, Maxey said. Witnesses told the deputies that shots had been fired at several residents in the area and the suspect was armed with a rifle.

Unsure of the suspect's location, the deputies secured the scene and began a search, Maxey said. The fire departments that responded to the call were not allowed on the scene.

Finally, the suspect was located along the woodline, crawling toward the deputies with a rifle, Maxey said.

Once the suspect was in custody, the firefighters were allowed inside the perimeter to extinguish the fire, Maxey said.

Crowe's mobile home was destroyed by the fire, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

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