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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Atlantic, IOWA --- On Sunday, December 12, 2010, at 6:05 a.m. a fire was reported at 307 E. 6th Street in Atlantic. The occupant, 34 year old Francis Jackson, Jr. was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, an arrest warrant was issued for Francis Jackson, Jr. Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of 2nd degree arson in connection with the house fire. He was released on his own recognizance.

The case is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal Division, the Atlantic Police Department and the Atlantic Fire Department.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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