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November 5, 2013

Man accused of burning down ex-girlfriend’s home indicted

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury last week indicted a man accused of burning his ex-girlfriend’s former home last month.

Jacob Lee Sharp, 33, was indicted on a second-degree felony charge of arson after he reportedly started a fire that destroyed a single-wide mobile home in the 3400 block of Old Mineral Wells Highway on Oct. 1.

Firefighters said at the time that the house was believed to have been vacant for several weeks.

The fire is believed to have started in the living room area, according to Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott.

The former occupant of the home reported to Scott a week after the fire that Sharp contacted her and stated in a telephone call to her that he caused the fire by blowing up the house.

The woman showed Scott texts she received and played voicemail messages, including one where Sharp can allegedly be heard saying, “I blew it up” and “I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

Several days after Sharp’s arrest, Scott said he had not been able to interview the suspect. He said drug manufacturing was mentioned in one of Sharp’s text messages to the woman who had been living there.

Firefighters from Greenwood and other departments did a good job quickly extinguishing the fire and preserving the scene for investigators, according to Scott.

Drug trafficking

Four out-of-state residents arrested after a traffic stop in Weatherford Oct. 8 were indicted by a Parker County grand jury on drug trafficking charges.

Quendon Mondreill Bernard, 30, Lyonesha Dijana Gardner, 20, Jason Shermaine Shanklin, 29, all of Louisiana, and Rico Antonio Winston, 34, of Tennessee, were indicted on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than four grams, less than 200 grams.

Weatherford police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of North Main Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday and located a white Chevrolet passenger vehicle with four occupants, according to a police report.

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