POMEROY — A Syracuse man was arraigned in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday on charges including aggravated arson and domestic violence.
Michael L. Hammon, 35, was indicted on Nov. 3 by a Meigs County Grand Jury for Aggravated Arson, a felony of the first degree, Aggravated Arson, a felony of the second degree, Trespass in a Habitation, a felony of the fourth degree, Burglary, a felony of the second degree, Domestic Violence, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, Aggravated Menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and Aggravated Menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Judge I. Carson Crow entered a “not guilty” plea to all charges on behalf of Hammon.
Attorney Michael Huff was appointed to represent Hammon in the case after Crow found the defendant to be indigent.
The charges against Hammon stem from an Oct. 19 incident in Syracuse which originated as a domestic complaint. .
According to previous Sentinel reports, officers from the Middleport and Pomeroy police departments, while assisting the sheriff’s office, responded to the residence on Fourth Street in Syracuse. Upon arrival, Middleport officers advised that the Hammon residence was on fire. Deputies arrived and took statements from the female where she advised that Hammon had allegedly come to the residence and climbed through a window to gain access to the residence. At that time, she left the residence and went to her parents’ house next door, where she advised Hammon came over and allegedly made threats toward her. He then went back to the residence where he allegedly started a fire in the house.
Syracuse and Racine Fire Departments were on the scene as well as a Medic truck from EMS. Hammon was arrested at the scene for domestic violence and aggravated arson, as well as aggravated menacing for allegedly threatening Deputies King and Fennell.
Hammon remains held on a $50,000 bond with 10 percent permitted. Pretrial hearings are scheduled for November and December, with a trial date in early January.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.