Suspect arrested in two Grass Valley spot fires
About 8:30 a.m., two detectives from the Grass Valley Police Department and a Grass Valley Fire investigator returned to the area to check the camp, said Police Capt. Steve Johnson. They located items at the camp belonging to Cartmell and began searching for him.
“They found him nearby trying to hide in tall grass,” Johnson said, adding that Cartmell was trying to belly-crawl away.
Cartmell was detained and the detectives reportedly found evidence that he had been at the campsite and might have tried to extinguish the fire. Cartmell, whose clothing showed charred spots, denied any knowledge of the blazes, Johnson said.