Suspect faces arson charges for setting grass fires

May 6, 2011 3:21:14 PM PDT
Missouri City police are questioning a suspect accused of purposely setting several small gas fires Friday afternoon at the Beltway near Highway 90.

Eyewitnesses told police they saw Joseph Lavegner setting the fires about 100 yards apart. Especially considering how dry the conditions are right now, this could have been extremely dangerous. Firefighters managed to put out fires before they spread.

Lavegner, 53, is charged with second degree arson.