Orrville man arrested in arson

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sets mother’s house on fire, no injuries reported

By Cassandra Mickens

The Selma Times-Journal

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Orrville native Hallindsey Goldsby remains in the Dallas County Jail after confessing he set his mother’s house on fire Friday.

No injuries were reported.

Goldsby, 21, has been charged with first-degree arson. His bond is set at $30,000.

According to Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman, dispatchers received a house fire call around 6 p.m. Friday on a mobile home located at 15306 Alabama Highway 22 West in Orrville.

The home belongs to Goldsby’s mother, Geneva. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, members of the Orrville Volunteer Fire Department were already on the scene.

After deputies investigated the scene and talked with witnesses, Goldsby was transported to the sheriff’s department, questioned and later arrested.

“He ended up admitting to his participation in the arson,” Huffman said.

Huffman said Goldsby’s reasoning behind the arson may have been fueled by his contempt for his mother’s boyfriend. Apparently, there was some bad blood.

“He didn’t approve of the boyfriend or something to that effect,” Huffman said.

According to sheriff’s reports, the boyfriend was taking a shower when Goldsby entered the home and set a bed on fire.

Huffman said he is grateful the situation did not have a fatal ending. He commends the deputies and the fire department for their quick response.