Hudnall pleads not guilty to making fake 911 calls, setting fires

Local - 1/23/2014 6:10 PM by Rebecca Turco

FAYETTEVILLE - Around 25 people are arraigned in Fayette County Circuit Court on Thursday morning for the next grand jury term, including a man accused of making fake 911 calls and setting fires.

James Earl Hudnall of Powellton is charged with four counts of falsely reporting an emergency incident and one count of first degree arson. He pleaded not guilty to the counts.

Sheriff Steve Kessler said Hudnall was named a suspect following an investigation into several calls to the 911 center and two suspected arsons. These calls reported false structure fires, car wrecks and a mining accident, as well as two intentionally set fires involving vacant homes in the Powellton area. All of the incidents happened between August 6 and September 16, 2013.

Hudnall was released on bond. His jury trial is scheduled to begin March 3 at 9 a.m.


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