Newport Police Department and Newport Fire Department responded to several Arson Fires around the north end of Newport Sunday. And it didn’t take Newport Police to have the suspected arsonist in custody.
The first fire was set at Betty Wheeler Field in one of the dugouts at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday which caused damage to a wooden bench and the dugout wall. The second fire was set at about 2:30 p.m. in the loading dock of Rite Aid which caused damage to a vinyl fence. The third fire was set at about 2:40 p.m. in a recycling bin located at Rory Foley CPA Office. This fire destroyed the recycling bin and caused damage to the building. The fourth fire was set in the loading dock at Best Western Resort at about 2:50 p.m. This fire was set in a pile of cardboard located next to the building. The fifth fire was set in a cardboard recycling and storage area at Walmart at about 3:15 p.m. This fire caused extensive damage to the fence surrounding the storage area along with many other items that were being stored there.
A short time after the Walmart fire, surveillance footage was obtained and David Caskey was positively identified as the suspect. Caskey was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident.
The investigation into the fires is ongoing as several of the fires were not initially reported to Police.
At the time of the fires, Caskey was wearing dark pants and had on a bright yellow “safety jacket” with a black hoodie underneath it.
If anyone has information about reported, or unreported fires, they are requested to contact Newport Police at 541-574-3348.