Joplin, Mo. -- (11/21/2017) The Newton County Prosecutor’s Office has recently filed a charge of Arson in the First Degree with a $10,000 bond against Corey L. Stevens.
Tuesday morning, officers were dispatched to Econo Lodge for a disturbance. When an officer arrived, he saw smoke coming from the north side of the building on the second floor. The hotel staff told officers they had been told the resident of the room was destroying the room and throwing things through the glass window. As the officer approached the room, a male, later identified as Stevens, jumped out of the room through the partially broken glass and ran away.
Officers gave the Stevens commands and took him into custody without further incident. Officers began evacuating rooms as the smoke was very thick at that point. The Joplin Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire and investigate the cause of the fire. Stevens was taken into custody for Arson in the First Degree and transported to the Joplin City Jail. No injuries were reported from this incident.
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