A local man is wanted in connection with a fire at a home in Wood River last Thursday. 26 year old Justin Rodewald who was last known to have lived in Wood River but may have also resided in South Roxana, was charged Tuesday with aggravated arson following a fire at an apartment in the 100 block of Thompson Street.
The Wood River Fire and Police Departments responded to a 9-1-1 call of dark smoke coming from the lower apartment at 11:35pm on December 18th. The complex was evacuated before authorities arrived and the fire was extinguished. The damaged apartment was vacant and the fire appeared to have been set. Police say a woman who lived in the upstairs apartment contacted them and said she had an argument with an ex-boyfriend earlier in the day and he had indicated in a text message he was going to do something with fire. Based on the evidence, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Rodewald, who remains at large. His bond has been set at $250,000.