Valmeyer man charged with arson

Hecker, Red Bud and Waterloo firefighters battle an early morning fire to an abandoned farmhouse and adjacent barn off J Road just south of KK Road on Oct. 12. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Troy C. Blevins, 21, of Valmeyer, was arrested and charged this week with felony arson following an Oct. 12 fire that destroyed an old abandoned farmhouse and adjacent barn on the west side of J Road just south of KK Road near Hecker.

No injuries were reported in the incident. The owner of the property is Don Kloth of St. Louis. The old farmhouse was believed to have sat vacant for several years. No trespassing signs were posted on the property.

Blevins posted bond and was released from jail and given a preliminary hearing date of Dec. 12.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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