Police: Man charged with arson

Jimmy LaRoue
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A man has been charged with arson after police say he set a fire for a third time at a residence along the 200 block of Thomas Nelson Lane, Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said in a news release.

Dennis Wade Tooley, 45, is charged with arson after city police and fire crews responded to a house fire at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, Riley said. Investigators believe Tooley intentionally set the fire at the home, and he was arrested at 1:30 p.m.

Tooley is still facing charges for two earlier fires — Nov. 1, 2016, and July 10, 2017, — at the same home, Riley said. Tooley, who is being held at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, faces two counts of arson and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, Riley said.

Tooley has a 9 a.m. Jan. 5 plea hearing in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court on the 2016 charge, according to court records.

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