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Arson suspect identified; bond denied

A man suspected of being the serial arsonist that has terrorized the area in recent months and whose activity has escalated over the last few weeks has been identified. Sheriff Brad White identified the man as Travis Leroy Ball, 46 of Warner Robins, formerly of Lamar County. Some reports said he graduated from LCCHS. Others indicate he left here in the 10th grade. Ball ran several ads in The Herald-Gazette in 2011 trying to organize a reunion of the LCCHS Class of 1985. On his booking data, Ball listed his employer as the Federal Civil Service and there were reports he is employed at Robins Air Force Base. His place of birth was listed as Thomaston. At a first appearance hearing in magistrate court Tuesday afternoon, Judge William Thomas advised Ball of his right to a pre-indictment bond hearing. Ball appeared with his attorney Eric Hearn. Judge Thomas could not set bond because it had previously been denied by superior court Judge Bill Fears. On two occasions Ball turned to confer with Hearn who urged him to keep quiet. Ball also faces charges in Upson County. Full release from sheriff White: The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office announced today that they have made an arrest in the recent rash of Arsons. After two more fires last night in Upson County, Dep. Jonathan Hamrick’s quick thinking and keen eye spotted a vehicle that matched an earlier lookout. Travis Leroy Ball, of Warner Robins was arrested after a traffic stop on Georgia Hwy 36 West. Mr. Ball has been charged with Arson in the first degree and is being held at the Lamar County Detention Center. The investigation is extensive and ongoing. A bond hearing for Mr. Ball has been scheduled at 4 p.m. today at the Lamar County Magistrate Court. We would like to thank the Barnesville Police Department, Lamar County Fire Department and surrounding agencies for their cooperation and dedication to Public Safety. We would also like to thank the concerned citizen and continue to encourage citizens to call and report any suspicious activity.

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