Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

SCAMMON — Life has been interesting in Scammon over the last two weeks.

Late Sunday night a fire broke out at the home of Dewayne and Tina Coles, who were not home at the time of the fire, at 200 Naught Street in Scammon.

Columbus Fire Department Captain and Lead Driver Steven Burton said six firefighters from CFD responded to the fire under mutual aid with the Scammon Fire Department. Burton said there was moderate fire damage to one room.

“Just from experience our guys were lead to believe things weren’t adding up right,”  Burton said, adding investigators from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office were called in and have determined the fire was suspicious in nature — arson.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said via email that the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal’s office and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.

Also in Scammon, Josie’s Italian Restaurant and Carpino Liquor were both burglarized on May 20.

Groves said at about 7:30 a.m. on May 20 his office was notified of the break in. He said while investigators were processing that crime scene a call came in at 10:13 a.m. that Carpino Liquor, also in Scammon had been burglarized as well.

Liquor and a computer were stolen from Josie’s and liquor was stolen from Carpino as well.

At about 6:40 p.m., deputies gained consent to search the home of Anthony Perry, 210 N. 6th Street in Scammon. Investigators allegedly found the missing liquor and computer in the home and on the property.

Perry was arrested and has been charged with two counts of felony burglary, one count of felony possession of stolen property from the Josie’s burglary, one count of misdemeanor possession of stolen property from the Carpino burglary and two counts of felony criminal damage. Perry allegedly threw a brick through a glass door at Josie’s and through a plate glass window at Carpino.