Arson incidents being investigatedTwo burning crosses and...


November 02, 1994

Arson incidents being investigated

Two burning crosses and a Molotov cocktail thrown on the lawn of the home of a Louisville couple Sunday are under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.

The first cross, about 2 feet high, was discovered on the lawn of Emil Evans, 70, in the 2000 block of Bollinger Mill Road, about 7:40 p.m. by a motorist who stopped to put out the flames.

A soft drink bottle filled with gasoline landed in a garden near the house and burned some grass and brush, but did not reach the house, authorities said.

A second cross of similar size was found on the lawn a short time later by Margaret Evans, 68.

Investigators said they do not believe the incident is connected with the Ku Klux Klan or is racial. The Evanses are white.

No additional details were released.

Gamber firefighters responded to extinguish the brush fire. They were out for 22 minutes.

Bob Thomas, deputy chief fire marshal, is asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the fire marshal's office.

An arson tip reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or people responsible, he said.

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