Suspect accused of starting multiple woods fires near residence
LEXINGTON—South Carolina Forestry Commission law enforcement officers arrested Richard Oliver Maner, 43, of Lexington Monday, Oct. 2 on a charge of setting fire to forestland in Lexington County. He was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center and released Oct. 3 on a personal recognizance bond.
Maner is accused of willfully setting fire to the woods owned by his sister behind his residence on Founders Road approximately six times since Oct. 22, 2016, including on the night of his arrest. The fires were started within 200 feet of the suspect’s home, and the last three were set inside firebreaks from previous fires.
The suspect reported all the fires to either the Lexington County Fire Service or Forestry Commission dispatch. Lexington County Fire Service assisted the Forestry Commission by responding to the fires, providing reports and helping investigate after the fires were contained. Investigations revealed the fires were started after disagreements between the victim and Maner.
Three structures were threatened during the incidents, but no damage was reported. Maner’s preliminary hearing is set for November.