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Man accused of burning books during domestic dispute faces multiple charges

Jeff Bobo • Mar 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly set fire to two books in his residence during a domestic dispute Saturday morning while his child and grandmother were inside is facing multiple counts of reckless endangerment.

Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel Desormeaux responded to a domestic complaint at the home of Alton Dwayne Hodges, 23, 6630 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill.

His girlfriend stated that Hodges had been arguing with his father and 80-year-old grandmother, during which Hodges allegedly threatened to burn the house down.

"At that point Alton set fire to two different books while walking through the residence," Desormeaux stated in his report. “(The grandmother) stated she left the residence in fear to call for help."

Desormeaux noted that he observed ashes on the floor throughout the house and the remains of a burned book in the front yard.

Hodges was found hiding in a crawl space in the residence and was charged with domestic assault for allegedly placing his grandmother in fear of being hurt.

During a pat down, Hodges was allegedly found to be in possession of a small bag containing about 0.19 of a gram of meth.

He was also charged with one count of vandalism, simple possession of meth and three counts of reckless endangerment due to his girlfriend, 2-year-old child and grandmother being in the house when the fires were set.

As of Monday, Hodges remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $25,000 bond pending his next appearance in Sessions Court on March 19.

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