Man formally charged for damages from grass fire

A Logan County man was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with a misdemeanor after being arrested following Tuesday’s grass fire.

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Michael Ray Hemby, Jr. was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury. He was given a $5,000 bond and a court date of Dec. 12.

Hemby was taken into custody on suspicion of third degree arson, but the Logan County District Attorney’s Office instead filed the gross injury charge.

Law enforcement says Tuesday’s grass fire was sparked by Hemby, who allegedly was burning in a barrel in the 1300 block of Chestnut.

The fire burned a total of 25 acres and destroyed one vehicle, several round hay bales, a fence and a water line. Read more: Man taken into custody after grass fire damages property

According to the law, every person who willfully and wrongfully commits any act which grossly injuries the person or property of another, or which grossly disturbs the the public peace or health, or which openly outrages public decency.

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