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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Two men indicted in Jack's Mountain Quarry arson case

Monday, May 13, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Two men have been indicted in connection with the burning of two trucks belonging to Jack's Mountain Quarry in Glade Hill.

Roger Lee Brown, 28, of Union Hall and Joseph Edward James, 34, of Pulaski County are charged with two counts of arson in the burning of a 1999 Ford truck and a 2002 Ford truck.

Both men are charged with damaging private property and entering the quarry property unlawfully.

Deputies responded to a vehicle fire call on Jack's Mountain Road on April 27 about 6 p.m., according to Lt. Justin Sigmon with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The deputies discovered the two burned trucks about a half mile from the quarry.

Investigators believe the men drove a skid loader around the quarry for a while, Sigmon said.

Then the two men allegedly drove the trucks around the locked gate onto Jack's Mountain Road, Sigmon said. Both trucks got stuck when the suspects pulled off the road and were set on fire.

Sgt. Kelvin Pruett and Deputy Nick Shockley are in charge of the investigation.

"The investigators did an awesome job," Sigmon said. "They started out with no suspects and little usable evidence, but they beat the bushes until they found the perpetrators."

"This is an example of fantastic police work," he added.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, it is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial on the charges.

(Editor's Note: Mug shots of Brown and James were not available at press time.)

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