This house in the 400 block of South Sequoia Avenue was damaged by fire early Wednesday. Though a sign in the front yard says it was sold by Penny Bevers Realty, the real estate agent said her company did not place the sign in the yard and it is not their listing. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)
Roswell police officers and firefighters responded to a possible arson in a structure on the 400 block of South Sequoia Avenue around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Both fire investigators and police detectives are working the case as a possible arson, and officials are not certain whether this fire is connected with other arsons that have occurred recently within the city.
No one was inside the house at the time of the fire, and the Roswell Fire Department said the fire started inside the house.
Woman batters officer with shoes
A woman faces many charges, including battery on a peace officer, according to a Roswell Police Department report.
On Monday at about 7 p.m., a vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of West Second Street and Union Avenue.
One of the drivers involved in the accident was later identified as 54-year-old Larinda Lipscomb.
Before her true identity was known, she had given the officer a fictitious name and birth date, according to police. After an investigation, Lipscomb was placed under arrest for aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, as well as concealing identity.
During the booking process, Lipscomb became more agitated and refused to answer questions. Lipscomb was escorted into the “holding” area. She slipped out of the handcuffs and entered the booking room with her shoes on her hands. Lipscomb refused the officer’s request to sit down and put her shoes down, according to police. Instead, she began striking the officer with the shoes. The officer was able to detain Lipscomb.
Lipscomb was charged with aggravated DUI, battery on a peace officer, concealing identity, as well as traffic citations (unlawful use of license, non-renewal of registration, following too close, and no proof of insurance).
The officers took Lipscomb to the Chaves County Detention Center, where she was incarcerated in lieu of posting a $5,000 bond.
Two men arrested on sexual assault charges
Roswell Police arrested two men after a 23-year-old woman reported she was held down and sexually assaulted on Sunday.
According to police, the woman was walking near the intersection of Southeast Main and Hobbs when the two men enticed her into their apartment.
Once she was in the apartment, one man held her down while the other attacked her.
On Sunday, police arrested Rodolfo Ronquillo, 50, of Roswell, in connection with charges of false imprisonment and criminal sexual penetration. On Monday, a second suspect, Cody Hairston, 33, was arrested on the 1500 block of South Union. Hairston was also arrested in connection with charges of false imprisonment and criminal sexual penetration.
As of Wednesday, both men were being held in the Chaves County Detention Center on $50,000 cash-only bonds.