Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Apartment resident faces arson charge

May 23, 2007


A 20-year-old man was charged with arson Tuesday in Douglas County District Court for setting a small fire at the Jacksonville Apartments in the 700 block of Monterey Way.

Anthony Stephen Hobson was arrested Monday by a Lawrence police officer after reportedly setting fire to a pen that was lying on a wooden railing at the apartment where he lived.

Little damage was reported and a lighter was recovered at the scene.

Hobson was released from Douglas County Jail after his hearing.

Under the terms of his release, Hobson is to live with and be supervised by his parents. He shouldn't return to Lawrence or the Jacksonville Apartments without supervision.

His mother, Mary Hobson, Ozawkie, said during the hearing that her son has the mental capacity of an 11-year-old boy and that she didn't believe that he realized what he was doing.

She said he just recently moved into his own place.

"Tony's never been in trouble," she said. "He's a good kid."

Hobson's next court appearance is scheduled for June 5.


compmd 11 years, 1 month ago

Better question: why was he arrested for burning a pen? Watch out folks, if you're a bad cook in Lawrence and burn your dinner on the stove, you just might go to jail. Because in Soviet Lawrence, city burns YOU.

Brent Cagle 11 years, 1 month ago

The kid intentionally set fire to something on a wooden railing at an apartment complex. Just because he didn't burn the place down and kill three people doesn't mean he's any less guilty of arson than Jason Allen Rose. If he's mentally competent enough to be living on his own (which it sounds like he isn't), he should understand what happens when you mix fire with wood.

Centrist 11 years, 1 month ago

Ease up on the parents, folks. The system may have forced this situation ...

Neala 11 years, 1 month ago

It isn't right to condemn the parents if you haven't walked in their shoes. They tried to get assisted living for this boy and were counseled to try it on his own. There were several family members & friends as well as the parents who interected with this boy on a daily basis to help him. They were trying to give him what we all desire, the chance to live a viable life. He worked full time, paid his bills and is a gentle kid who couldn't sleep and made a mistake. Besides, doesn't arson imply intent? He had NO intent to cause a fire, he loved his little place. Who hasn't had a child play with matches or a lighter? Most of us are just lucky enough not to get caught or cause any harm to anyone. A little compassion here is good.

bearded_gnome 11 years ago

how well does a pen burn anyway? seems more likely the thing would melt when fire is applied to it.

whatever his intent, some major distruction and possible death was narrowly averted. thank God.

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