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TBI charges Carroll County man with arson in Benton County fire

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(From left) Kenny D. Fowler, Herbert L. Strayhorn, Micah J. Leite, Tracey M. Myles, Jazz R. Johnson, and Paula M. Alsbrook

An investigation by special agent fire investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has resulted in the arrest of a Carroll County man on arson and other charges.

On Monday, Oct. 3, TBI agents joined the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in investigating a fire that occurred at a home in the 600 block of Shiloh Church Road in Camden. Agents and investigators determined the fire had been set intentionally. 

As the investigation continued, information was developed identifying Kenny D. Fowler, 34, as the individual responsible for starting the fire.

Fowler was arrested over the weekend in Carroll County on unrelated charges. In the TBI case, he faces additional counts of arson, burglary, and two counts of theft. He remains in the Carroll County Jail and is being held without bond.

In other area TBI news, a joint investigation by special agents with TBI’s Drug Investigation Division, Huntingdon Police Department (HPD), and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has resulted in the arrest of two individuals on various drug counts. 

On Monday, Oct. 10, while serving an arrest warrant at a home in the 200 block of Maple St. in Huntingdon, officers with HPD and CCSO discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view and requested the assistance of the TBI. After receiving consent to search the home, agents and investigators discovered illegal drugs and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Both individuals inside the home during the search were arrested and booked into the Carroll County Jail. Herbert L. Strayhorn, 60, was booked on counts of possession of schedule II (meth), possession of schedule IV (Xanax), and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $4,500. 

Micah J. Leite, 25, was booked on counts of possession of schedule II (meth) with intent to sell and deliver and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at $4,000. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the joint investigation led agents and officers of TBI, HPD, McKenzie Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and the 24th Judicial Drug Task Force, and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office to execute a search warrant obtained for a home in the 13000 block of Paris St. in Huntingdon. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found inside, resulting in the arrests of three more individuals.

Tracey M. Myles, 66, was booked into the Carroll County Jail and charged with possession of schedule II (meth) with intent to sell and deliver, simple possession of schedule VI (marijuana), and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $25,000.  

Paula M. Alsbrook, 43, and Jazz R. Johnson, 34, each were booked into the jail and charged with possession of schedule II (meth), simple possession of schedule VI (marijuana), and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.  Their bonds were each set at $2,500.

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