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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BETH PHILLIPS


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.justice.gov/usao/mow/index.html


DECEMBER 2, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LICKING MAN CHARGED WITH ADDITIONAL ARSON FIRES

AT TRUCK STOPS, ILLEGAL FIREARM


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Licking, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today on additional arson charges related to a series of fires set at Missouri truck stops, and for illegally possessing a firearm.


            Steven Oakley Price, 40, of Licking, was charged in a seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo. Today’s superseding indictment replaces an indictment that was returned on July 14, 2010, and adds five additional counts of arson.


            Today’s indictment alleges that Price, who was an over-the-road commercial truck driver, committed five acts of arson in Kingdom City, Mo., and one act of arson in Oak Grove, Mo.


            According to the indictment, Price set a series of fires in Kingdom City on May 11, 2010, that damaged the following:

          a 2007 Volvo 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig and a 1998 Wabash 53-foot dry van trailer

          a 2007 Peterbilt 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig and a 2006 Utility 53-foot refrigerator trailer

          a 2006 Volvo 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig and a 2004 Great Dane 53-foot dry van trailer

          a 1999 Wabash National Corporation 53-foot dry van trailer attached behind a 2006 Volvo VNL 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig


            On April 28, 2010, Price allegedly set a fire in Kingdom City that damaged a 2002 International 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig and a 2001 Utility 53-foot dry van trailer.


            On May 7, 2010, Price allegedly set a fire in Oak Grove that damaged a 2005 Volvo 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig and a 2010 Utility 53-foot refrigerator trailer.


            Price is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Price was allegedly in possession of a Remington .22-caliber bolt-action rifle in Texas County, Mo., on June 24, 2010. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Price has two prior felony convictions for theft, as well as felony convictions for arson, burglary and hot check personal services.


            Phillips cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, the Texas County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Callaway County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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