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Woman burned in fire faces meth, arson indictment

October 31, 2013
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

LISBON - A woman accused of causing an explosion and fire while possessing or utilizing the chemicals needed to assemble methamphetamine last August was served a secret indictment issued last week by the Columbiana County grand jury.

Amanda L. Cross, 31, last known address King Road, Salem, is charged with arson and illegal assembly or the possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, fourth- and third-degree felonies, respectively.

According to court documents, Cross reportedly caused damage to a mobile home owned by Richard Young on Aug. 17.

News reports at the time of the fire stated an unidentified 31-year-old woman, the sole occupant of the trailer, received serious burns in a fire at her King Road home shortly after 12:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Winona, Damascus and North Georgetown firefighters battled the trailer fire at 28204 King Road, which was engulfed by flames.

At the time, the fire's cause was unknown, but the state fire marshal's office was called to investigate.

Cross was treated initially in a Beloit ambulance, then driven to meet a helicopter. She was flown to a Cleveland hospital for treatment of burns and a possible broken leg.



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