While most RVers are good people, occasionally a bad apple or two gets thrown into the mix. In today’s post I focus on cases involving an arsonist, sexual assault, marijuana bust, child molester, and an attempted sexual assault during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Arizona: Woman arrested for RV arson
Lana Renee Meadville, 45, of Kingman was arrested a day after she reportedly set her RV on fire as it was parked at the Coyote Canyon RV Park on Route 66 in Kingman.
Neighbors told authorities who responded to the fire that they watched as Meadville set her RV on fire and then sat next to it as it burned.
Trish Carter, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said Meadville confessed as she was being taken into custody, although it’s not clear how or why she started the fire.
Now that this lady has set her RV on fire, where does she planning on sleeping? Is she going to be someone we see standing on a corner with a sign, “Need help, I burnt down my RV!”
(Source: Kingman Daily Miner)
Wisconsin: Campground owner pleads no contest to sexual assault
Brian Miller, owner of Kastle Kampground in Waupaca County, pleaded no contest to one count of sexual assault.
At a preliminary hearing, three men testified that Miller gave them alcohol and made unwanted sexual advances at the campground. Three other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Kansas: Marijuana seized during traffic stop
Junction City Police Officer Nick Blake stopped an RV near milepost 295 (I-70) for a license plate violation and cracked windshield, resulting in the confiscation of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $260,000.
Blake became suspicious after speaking with the vehicle’s occupants and deployed his K9 dog. When the dog reacted to the odor of narcotics outside the vehicle, the interior was searched and 52 pounds of marijuana was found hidden.
The two men, from Lancaster, California, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
(Source: Topeka Capital Journal)
Montana: Accused Campground Child Molester Faces Charges
A 62-year-old former Pattee Canyon, Montana, campground host has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting three young girls there. Wallace Dean Christensen of Missoula appeared Thursday (May 26) before Missoula County District Court Judge John Larson, where he pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault.
Christensen allegedly molested the three girls in his camper between 2007 and 2009, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Two of the girls were 8 years old at the time and the other was 10.
Christensen was extradited last month from Arizona, where he lives part of the year. In recent years, he has split his time between campgrounds in Montana and Arizona, while also making several trips to Casa de Elizabeth orphanage in the Mexican state of Sonora.
Authorities were notified of the abuse after one of the victims spoke to a relative, who in turn alerted other families, which resulted in the discovery of more incidents.
Christensen confessed to the allegations when Missoula sheriff’s detectives traveled to Casa Grande, Arizona, in April to confront him, according to the affidavit.
Sexual assault carries a punishment of four to 100 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
(Source: The Missoulian)
Michigan: Attempted sexual assault in recreation area
The family of a 10-year-old girl who say she was grabbed Sunday (May 29) by a stranger while she strolled with friends in a state park has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest—matching a $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward in the case.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office announced the rewards today and said that a composite drawing would be released Wednesday of the suspect. The incident occurred on a wooded trail at Proud Lake State Recreation Area in Commerce Township. The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, who wore a white T-shirt with a black-print design, blue-denim shorts, and sneakers.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
(Detroit Free Press, May 31, 2011)
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.