Once in charge of putting fires out, John Lavoy Gray is now behind bars on four counts on arson. Police say the former Onondaga volunteer firefighter may be responsible for setting up to 300 grass and small structure fires in the last 10 years.
He's been a suspect for almost as long, but had eluded authorities until Tuesday. D/Sgt. Roy Holliday, of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office, says they arrested Gray after he allegedly set fire to property on Walker Road in Jackson County. He's currently being held on $1 million bond.
Gray was a volunteer firefighter with the Onondaga Department from 1990-1999. Police say he would set the fires in Ingham and Jackson Counties, so he could be the first person to respond to them. Gray is also charged with one count of possessing a police/fire scanner in a motor vehicle.
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