August 12, 2019–4:37 pm
The Georgia Arson Control awarded a $4,750 check today to an individual for providing information that led to the arrest and sentencing in an arson case. The person who was awarded the check chose to remain anonymous to the public.
Ken LeCroy, a Georgia Arson Control (GAC) consultant, presented the check. “This is the first time the Georgia Arson Control has presented a reward check in Floyd County”, LeCroy said. He added, “The GAC Board looks forward to awarding reward money; the checks are a way to say thank you to citizens who help in solving arson cases.”
Rome-Floyd Fire Department Chief Troy Brock thanked the citizen for providing the information that helped in the joint fire and police arson investigation. The citizen responded, “It was just the right thing to do.” Several staff members from the Rome-Floyd Fire Department along with Natalee Staats, the Assistant District Attorney, were present to thank the person for providing the information that helped lead to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.
Fire Marshal, Mary Catherine Chewning said, “The individual provided the information without knowing there would be reward money; the application for a nomination of the award was not submitted until after the case was closed.”
LeCroy shared that the GAC will give up to $10,000 in reward money for individuals who report arson incidents. Since 1979, hundreds of citizens have stepped forward to help fight arson and $1,873,453 has been awarded. The Georgia Arson Control Board is a state agency who provides the reward money; their board reviews cases to determine how much is awarded to each recipient. Recipients can remain anonymous to the public.
The information provided in this particular case led to the conviction of Montana Cole Floyd for an arson crime committed on June 27, 2018 at 3858 Martha Berry Highway NW. Floyd was found guilty on eight different charges.
Chewning said there are several open and unsolved arson cases in Rome and Floyd County. She emphasized how important it is for individuals who have information, to contact either the Fire Marshal or the Rome Police Department to share information. The Fire Marshal’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To contact the Fire Marshal’s office, call 706-236-4500. Individuals can call 911 to submit information on an arson case at any time. Individuals can also share information through the Georgia Arson Control Hotline by calling 1-800-282-5804.