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Paragould man charged with setting ex-girl friend's home in Ash Flat

Todd Franklin Rowland





On 11/28/2009, the Ash Flat Fire Department responded to 128 Diane Ave. for a house fire. The home owner, Lisa Sellers called 911 dispatch and reported that her ex-boy friend, Todd Rowland had just set fire to her home and was headed back to paragould. Ash Flat Officer, Byaden Ables responded to the scene and then requested investigators from the Sharp County Sheriff's Office. Det. Sgt. Mark Counts and Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry responded to the scene and met with Ms. Sellers. A message was sent to Greene County and Paragould P.D. to be on the look out for Mr. Rowland who was wanted for questioning in this fire. Investigators interviewed Ms. Sellers who stated that she has been dating Mr. Rowland for the past seven years and had recently broke up with him. Ms. Sellers also stated that she had been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of Mr. Rowland. During Ms. Sellers interview she stated that Todd Franklin Rowland age 32 of 2448 Hwy 141 N. in Paragould, had come to her home friday evening wanting to talk. Ms. sellers then rode with Mr. rowland to his home in Paragould. Ms. Sellers reported that while at Mr. Rowland's home she was struck several times and held against her will. She eventually talked Mr. Rowland into bringing her back to Ash Flat. Instead of taking Ms. Selers home, Mr. Rowland drove to the Saddle area. According to Ms. Sellers, she thought that Mr. Rowland was taking her to a secluded location to possibly harm her. It was at that time that she jumped out of his truck and fled from him. Ms. Sellers was able to call her mother who came and picked her up. Ms. Sellers then went to her home at 128 Diane Ave. in Ash Flat. A short while later Mr. Rowland drove up to the residence. Ms. Sellers and her mother then fled the home. When asked why she had not called the police, Ms. Sellers stated that Mr. Rowland had warned her that if she called the police, he would be out of jail in three days and would kill her. Shortly after 4:00am Ms. Sellers saw Mr. Rowland drive away from her home headed towards Paragould. She went to her home and found the front door kicked in. Ms. Sellers says that she saw what appeared to be a television flickering inside. she then noticed smoke rolling out of the front door area of the house. This is when she saw flames coming out of the left side of the house and called 911. Mr. Rowland was later found at his residence and was arrested on unrelated charges. On 11/30/09, Det. Sgt. Counts contacted Captain Patrick Lenderman with the Greene County Sheriff's Department and requested that he attempt to interview Mr. Rowland again. A previous attempt to interview Mr. Rowland had failed. Capt. Lenderman was able to interview Mr. Rowland who confessed to setting his ex-girl friend's home on fire because he was mad at her. Detectives Counts and Guidry went to Greene County and picked up Mr. Rowland who was brought back to Sharp County and charged with arson a class a felony and burglary of a residence and terroristic threatening. No one was injured as a result of this intentionally set fire. However the family dog did not survive. Mr. Rowland is currently in the Sharp County Jail awaiting his first appearance

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