ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was already facing burglary and theft charges in connection with the Jan. 15 fire at Express Hauling in Rogersville has been indicted on arson and vandalism charges.
Brandon Lee West, 35, 117 Taylor Lane, Rogersville, was served Thursday with a Hawkins County grand jury sealed indictment charging him with one count of "arson and burning" and one count of "vandalism and injuries to property."
West was arraigned on those charges Thursday in Hawkins County Criminal Court along with his original charges of theft over $60,000 and burglary.
The thefts of a pickup and Snap-On tools and toolboxes valued at more than $100,000 were discovered the morning of Jan. 15 shortly after firefighters and police responded to a fire that destroyed the Express Hauling building on Route 70-N just north of Rogersville.
Three large dump trucks inside the building were also destroyed in the fire.
State bomb and arson investigators determined that the fire was intentional.
Shortly after the thefts were discovered, West became a suspect, and a missing pickup and tools were allegedly located by deputies at his residence.
He was arrested on Jan. 20 at the residence of a relative in Greene County.
As of Monday, West remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending his next court appearance, set for June 21.
Two other defendants who were served with sealed indictment warrants last week were arraigned in Hawkins County Criminal Court on Thursday:
* Justin Arnold Anthony, 21, 170 California Road, Church Hill, for unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities.
* Susan Marie Betz, 43, 116 Dumplin Valley Road, Jefferson City, for introduction of contraband into a penal facility.
Judge John Dugger also heard guilty pleas in Criminal Court on Friday including:
* Cody Ryan Smith, 20, no address available, who was sentenced to two years and one day at 30 percent, fined $850, and ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution for theft over $1,000, and four counts of criminal simulation.
* Karen Lynne White, 55, 180 Old Highway Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and one day of probation and fined $500 for maintaining a dwelling for drug use.