COLUMBUS, Kan. — Belinda L. Schooley, 30, of Columbus, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated arson in Cherokee County District Court.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.
Schooley was arrested last January and charged for the January 2005 fire at Video Mart, 201 E. Maple St., in Columbus. Three people in an apartment above the store were at home at the time of the fire was were rescued by Columbus police and fire departments.
Investigators determined there had been two fires intentionally set in the building.
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard.
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Neosho man hurt in scooter accident north of Goodman
A Neosho man was injured in a scooter accident at 3:40 p.m. Friday on Missouri Highway 59, two miles north of Goodman in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Joplin police seize pound of meth after traffic stop
Joplin police seized about a pound of methamphetamine and $2,000 cash in a traffic stop Thursday at 17th Street and Maiden Lane.
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Defendant denied change of venue in MSSU coach slaying
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