News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Deputies arrested a women for an arson fire along the Colorado River near the Needles Bridge.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 8:30pm PT on Thursday, April 5, 2018, Sergeant Busto from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station was patrolling the area of North K Street at Smokestack Drive in Needles, California, near the Needles Bridge leading into Arizona.
Sergeant Busto was on Smokestack Drive at North K Street when he observed flames coming from the vegetation along the riverbank on the west side of the bridge.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, 46 year old Shelly Alexander, a transient resident of Needles, California, was seen walking away from the fire toward the road.
San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire.
The estimated burn area on the riverbank was limited to about 400-500 square feet.
Detective Phillips with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Arson/Bomb unit responded to the scene to assist Deputy D. Wagner with the arson investigation.
It was determined that the fire that burned the vegetation in the area was intentionally started.
Shelly Alexander was arrested for arson and booked into the Colorado River Station Jail with her bail set at $100,000.00.
Anybody with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
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