44-year-old Elias Newton Pendergrass of Mapleton was arrested for first-degree arson in connection with the Sweet Creek Fires. (Lane County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
by News Staff
Tuesday, September 1st 2020
LANE COUNTY, Ore. — A suspect related to the Sweet Creek Fire in west Lane County has been arrested, according to the Lane County Sheriff's Office.
LCSO and Oregon State Police detectives responded to the fire on August 30 and worked in collaboration to make a number of contacts and interview several individuals during the investigation.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, 44-year-old Elias Newton Pendergrass of Mapleton was arrested for Arson in the first degree in connection with the Sweet Creek Fire, authorities said.
LCSO said the case is being forwarded to the Lane County District Attorney's Office for review.
"Thank you to the community members who called in and provided investigators with information and tips regarding the origin of the fires, which have now burned over 500 acres," the sheriff's office said.