Travis A. Janey, 20, Bidwell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated arson, felonies of the second and first degree, respectively, as well as one count of burglary, a second degree felony, in the common pleas court on Tuesday.
Reportedly, the Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department responded to Gallia Metropolitan Estates (GME) located at 381 Buck Ridge Road at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 following the report of a fire. The GVFD contained the fire to a second-floor bedroom of unit 99 of building 19 at the apartment complex.
According to information later released by the State Division of Fire Marshal, fire marshals discovered evidence that the fire was intentionally set and had ruled out any accidental causes — deeming the incident an arson fire.
Following an investigation by detectives with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, charges were filed against Janey alleging that, on the day in question, Janey set fire to building 19 at GME, endangering six apartments, burglarized a residence located in the apartment complex, as well as allegedly created substantial risk of serious physical harm, via the fire, to an individual located in an adjacent apartment.
A warrant for Janey’s arrest had been previously issued following his failure to appear in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on March 17, 2011, on charges of driving under suspension.
Janey was further charged on one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct in the municipal court following his arrest in relation to his latest case. The defendant is scheduled to appear in the municipal court on May 12 in relation to these charges.
Janey is further scheduled to appear in the common pleas court on May 31 for a status conference. A negotiated plea in this case may be filed with the clerk of courts by June 27.
The defendant’s bond was set at $25,000, 10 percent with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent secured. Janey is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail.