An Overton woman is booked in the Rusk County Jail for arson after setting a camper on fire.
Barbara Janette Lee, 51, was arraigned May 23 by Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Jana Enloe for arson and a Gregg County charge of possession of controlled substance less than one gram. Her bonds total $23,500.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Rusk County patrol deputy Blake Wallace was dispatched to County Road 146 in Overton in reference to a disturbance.
Wallace noted that he made contact with the complainant via telephone prior to responding. During that conversation, the complainant claimed Lee had burned a building on the property with her belongings inside. She further stated Lee had claimed she was going to burn the complainant’s camper with her inside.
Upon arrival Wallace observed a camper trailer on fire as well as Lee standing near the roadway watching the camper burn.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Wallace noted that he could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about Lee’s breath. During Wallace and Lee’s conversation Lee showed more signs of intoxication.
Lee alleged that a second person had assaulted her and was able to show Wallace marks on her neck.
Wallace then made contact with the complainant, who stated that she and a male victim were able to gather some of the belongings from inside the camper and move them to a friend’s residence and upon their return observed the camper on fire.
The victim stated Lee continued to mock them both about the camper being on fire. He also stated that Lee then had her dog attack him while Lee attempted to set him on fire with a lighter. He was able to push Lee off of him.
Wallace stated in the probable cause that this is believed to be where the marks on Lee’s neck came from.
The victim further said Lee was standing near the roadway when Lee had her dog attack him. He then stated Lee also tried to set him on fire and admitted to defending himself.
Wallace noted that several other witnesses involved stated that Lee had made comments that she was going to burn the camper trailer down.
Wallace then spoke with another witness who stated she observed Lee attack the victim and further stated Lee told her she burned the camper. Lee remains in the Rusk County Jail.