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Man in custody after fire faces other charges

Jan 11, 2013 -- 10:05am


Southeast Missourian

A 21-year-old man whose home was lost after a suspicious fire Wednesday night was confronted with criminal charges Thursday -- but they had nothing to do the blaze. Zachary Durham was taken into custody as fire crews battled the blaze the night before and remains in custody at the Cape Girardeau County Jail on Wednesday night on misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department says Durham was taken into protective custody Wednesday because of his level of intoxication. Shortly after he arrived at the jail he exposed himself to jail staff and shouted vulgarities which led to the misdemeanor charges. Durham is being held on a $5,000 bond. As state fire officials try to determine the fire's origin, James would not rule out the possibility of charges. According to his mother, Durham acts on impulse. He has been arrested for domestic assault at least four times, including incidents that landed him on probation only to see it revoked after repeat offenses.


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